Guthrie Announces Naming of The Newman W. Benson Acute Rehabilitation Unit At Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus

June 22, 2021

Today, Guthrie announced the naming of the Newman W. Benson Acute Rehabilitation Unit, a 15-bed inpatient rehabilitation center at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus. 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.”

The Newman W. Benson Acute Rehabilitation Unit will open later this month and will provide access to specialized acute rehabilitation services for patients who have experienced the debilitating effects of an injury or illness. The 14,000 square foot space will be outfitted with the latest technology and advanced equipment to enhance the delivery of personalized rehabilitation treatment plans. The community is invited to tour the new unit during an open house on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus, 91 Hospital Drive, Towanda.

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 or by calling 570-887-4420.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from a twelve-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of four hospitals, including Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., with a campus in Towanda, Pa., Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, N.Y., Guthrie Troy Community Hospital in Troy, Pa., and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center in Cortland, N.Y., along with a research institute and home care/hospice. Guthrie’s multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers offers 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 22 communities in Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at seven convenient Med Supply Depot locations and provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.