History of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus

Mills Maternity and Convalescent Home
Mills Maternity and Convalescent Home

The origin of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus, formerly known as Towanda Memorial Hospital, dates back to 1925 when Mrs. Hila C. Mills opened the Mills Maternity and Convalescent Home located on South Main Street in Towanda. In 1959, Memorial Hospital, Inc. of Towanda was incorporated and moved to its present location at 91 Hospital Drive.

In 1969, the hospital expanded to include an obstetrical suite, x-ray department, patient room wing, and an emergency room. In 1974 a four-bed coronary intensive care unit was completed. A new 43-bed Skilled Nursing Care Facility was added to the hospital in 1975. Another expansion project in 1986 provided new facilities for the emergency, surgery, cardiac/intensive care, physical therapy and central sterile supply departments.

In 1996, the hospital completed construction of a Maternity Center, medical/surgical nurse’s station, gift shop, and expanded facilities of the Skilled Nursing Unit. A Personal Care Home was constructed on the hospital campus in 1999. Improvements and expansions continued in 2000-2001 with the addition of a Spiral CT scanner in the Radiology Department, an outpatient dialysis unit, an Outpatient Therapy Clinic featuring physical, occupational, speech and massage therapies, a new 10-bed Same Day Surgery suite, and an expanded emergency department.

 Towanda Memorial HospitalIn 2003, the hospital completed construction for a new 20-bed Skilled Nursing Unit. This construction also expanded areas for cardiopulmonary services, a sleep studies suite and other services. A new Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Center was constructed adjacent to the emergency department in 2003. In 2004, the radiology department was renovated and a permanent MRI was added to become the hospital’s Imaging Center, dedicated to Dr. Charles R. Wolfe. A new medical/surgical wing and new Outpatient Therapy Clinic opened in October 2006 with additional renovations and improvements continuing.

In the spring of 2008, the Board of Trustees responded to the community’s need for more physicians by establishing Community Health Associates LLC, a new company that provides another employment choice for physicians to come into our area and provide health care services. A new three-story facility opened in January 2014 to accommodate an expansion of the Personal Care Home as well as provide office space for the growing Community Health Associates LLC physician group. In January 2021, the facility became a satellite campus of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, located 17 miles north in Sayre, Pa.