Guthrie Opens Newman W. Benson Acute Rehab Unit at Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus

Guthrie Opens Newman W. Benson Acute Rehab Unit at Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus

Guthrie celebrated the opening of the Newman W. Benson Acute Rehabilitation Unit at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday. Staff at the 15-bed inpatient center provide rehab for patients who have experienced the debilitating effects of an acute injury, impairment, or illness.

The unit is named to honor the late Newman W. Benson and Patricia A. Benson’s generosity and longtime support of Guthrie.

Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, President and CEO, Guthrie said, “For those who had the good fortune to get to know Newman Benson, you know that he had a deep and unwavering commitment to physical health. He was an avid athlete and competitor. And he spent many years working to make this community a better place to live. This center embodies both of those commitments from Newman and I know he would be proud to have this new center bear his name. We thank his wife Patricia for her generous donation that will help so many patients within the community live happier and healthier lives.”

Patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy a day, at least five days a week. Each patient’s program includes a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and therapists, a private room to simulate a home-like environment, and education and training for patients and family members.

Common conditions treated in this rehab unit include (but are not limited to):

  • Stroke
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputation
  • Neurological conditions
  • Multiple traumas
  • Orthopedic or musculoskeletal impairments
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Pulmonary conditions
  • Oncology

The Newman W. Benson Acute Rehabilitation Unit is the beginning of a multimillion-dollar investment in the Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus. If you are interested in supporting the initiatives at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus, please contact Guthrie Resource Development by emailing resource_development@guthrie.org or by calling 570-887-4420.