Guthrie Leadership

Members of the Guthrie Senior Leadership Team:

Edmund Sabanegh, MD, MBA

Edmund Sabanegh, MD, MDADr. Sabanegh is President and Chief Executive Officer of Guthrie. He joined the organization in 2021 from Cleveland Clinic, where he served as president of the health system’s main campus and regional hospitals. Dr. Sabanegh’s experience also includes 21 years of service in the United States Air Force, where he held several executive roles, including Chief of Medical Staff, chief consultant for the Surgeon General, and Chief Operating Officer at the largest Air Force hospital in the world. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate and was honored with the American Heart Association’s Service Award in 2019. Dr. Sabanegh is board certified by the American Board of Urology and has maintained an active clinical practice. He is a member of multiple medical societies, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Urologic Association, and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and Urology. An author of more than 200 academic publications, his education includes a Bachelor of Science, an engineering degree from Princeton University, a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Sabanegh completed his urologic surgery residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and his microsurgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.


Frederick J. Bloom, MD

Frederick J. Bloom, MDDr. Frederick Bloom is President of Guthrie Medical Group. He joined Guthrie in 2014 from Geisinger Health System where he worked for 28 years in increasing roles of physician leadership. He serves as both the president of the medical group and a practicing family medicine physician. Dr. Bloom graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. and subsequently completed his Family Medicine Residency at Saint Vincent Health Care Center in Erie, Pa. Dr. Bloom also earned his Masters of Medical Management at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Dr. Bloom is a frequent national speaker and author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on high-value health care. He serves on the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Recognition Program Review Oversight Committee and is the former chairperson of the American Medical Group Association Quality Council.


Terri Couts, MHA, RN

Terri Couts, MHA, RNTerri Couts, MHA, RN, is Senior Vice President-Chief Information Officer for Guthrie. Formally serving Guthrie as VP-Epic Program, Clinical Systems and Integration, Terri provided exceptional leadership for several projects since joining the organization in 2016. She led Guthrie to achieve Epic STARS 10 status, placing Guthrie among a group of less than 10 organizations that have received this distinction. Terri has over a decade of experience in electronic medical record implementation, Epic software and systems, and health and imaging informatics. Terri holds an associate degree in nursing from Stark State College of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in education from University of Akron and a Master of Health Administration from University of Phoenix.


Mary Ann Dougherty

Mary Ann DoughertyMary Ann Dougherty is Senior Vice President for Strategy and Growth for Guthrie. She is responsible for strategic planning, provider recruitment, marketing, communications, physician outreach, and philanthropy for the organization. She has over 25 years of experience in health care administration. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University in Health Education and Family Services and a Masters of Science in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.


Matt Huff, CPA

Matt HuffMatt Huff, CPA, is Guthrie’s Chief Financial Officer. Huff has led financial operations at a number of health systems across the country, most recently at Banner Health in Colorado where he served as the Western Region CFO, responsible for four community medical centers and nine critical access hospitals. He received his Master of Accountancy from Auburn University and his MBA in Finance from Tulane University.


John Petrov, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

John PetrovJohn Petrov, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Guthrie. With over 17 years of human resources experience, he has served as an employee advocate with a focus on delivering exceptional customer service to all. Mr. Petrov joined Guthrie from CHI Saint Joseph Health in Lexington, KY where he served as their SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer and VP, HR for its parent entity, CommonSpirit Health. Throughout his career, Mr. Petrov has positioned several of his past employers to be recognized among the Best Places to Work in the communities they serve. He received his Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Briar Cliff University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. Mr. Petrov is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.


Debra Raupers, RN

Debra Raupers, RNDebra “Deb” Raupers, RN, is EVP and Chief Nursing Officer for Guthrie. Deb is a Senior Nurse Executive with over 30 years of diverse health care experience. She is a leader with demonstrated ability to improve patient safety and quality outcomes while improving the patient experience and practice environment. During her career, Deb led Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in the attainment of Magnet accreditation, recognizing nursing excellence, and was part of the leadership team for the construction of the new Guthrie Corning Hospital. Most recently, she has had executive oversight of clinical operations for nursing at Cayuga Health System. Deb has her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and is an active member of the American Organization of Nursing Leadership.


Michael Scalzone, MD, MHCM, FACOG

Michael Scalzone, MD, MHCM, FACOGDr. J. Michael Scalzone is Executive Vice President, Chief Quality Officer for Guthrie. He has been with Guthrie since 1998 and served as Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs and chairman of the OB-GYN department. He served as Chief, Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology, for Guthrie Clinic, Corning region from 1998-2008. Dr. Scalzone received his Masters in Health Care Administration from Harvard University in 2008. He completed a residency in OB-GYN from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pa. Dr. Scalzone served as a member of the Guthrie Clinic Board of Directors from 2002-2008 and a member of the Guthrie Corning Hospital Board of Directors from 2005 to present.


Donald Skerpon

Donald SkerponDonald “Donnie” Skerpon is the Administrative Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer for Guthrie. Mr. Skerpon’s responsibilities include serving as the primary conduit for interactions between the CEO and the various boards within the organization. In addition, he is responsible for governmental and regulatory relationships as well as community interactions on specific projects. He spent nearly a year with Guthrie as an experienced administrative fellow. He was a Program/Project Manager for Lockheed Martin in Owego, N.Y. where he led several projects including the development of specialized helicopters for the purpose of aerial re-supply. Mr. Skerpon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering at Pennsylvania State University.


Staci Thompson, MHA, CMPE

Staci Thompson, MHA, CMPEStaci Thompson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Guthrie Medical Group. Ms. Thompson has served in various leadership roles in her 18-year career with Guthrie Clinic including Vice President of Guthrie Health with system-wide responsibility for strategic planning and marketing and provider recruitment, Vice President of Operations for Guthrie Clinic, and Vice President of Oncology Services. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. and a Masters in Health Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the American Medical Group Association and Certified Medical Practice Executive.


Paul G VerValin, MBA, FACMPE

Paul G VerValin, MBA, FACMPEPaul VerValin is Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Guthrie, responsible for the operational performance of the multi-specialty group practice and four-hospital system. In addition, Mr. VerValin is responsible for strategic business development and strategic partnerships for Guthrie Health. He served as a key leader of Guthrie Clinic and Guthrie Health from 1994-2004 in a series of roles leading up to Senior Vice President of System Operations. Mr. VerValin subsequently became President and Chief Operating Officer of North Shore Physicians Group and Vice President of Physician Services for North Shore Medical Center, a division of Partners Healthcare in Boston, Mass. Most recently, he has served as the President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and Senior Vice President of Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Vervalin earned a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He is a member of the American Medical Group Association and a fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.