Guthrie's Nurse-Family Partnership Awarded $400,000 Grant

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital today announced that it was awarded $403,280 for a Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting grant.

Desiree Rockwell, Administrator for Guthrie’s Nurse Family Partnership said: “We are very pleased to receive this grant. Nurse-Family Partnership changes the life trajectories for both mother and child, benefiting multiple generations. In the eight years that we have been offering this program, we have supported mothers from across Bradford and Sullivan Counties. NFP offers many new mothers an opportunity to give their children the best start in life. This grant will allow us to expand our services to include a total of 95 mothers and to cover the eastern region of Tioga County, Pa.”

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community health home visitation program that helps transform the lives of income eligible women pregnant with their first child. This grant is for continuation of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program which is based in the hospital. 

Registered Nurses begin home visits early in the mother’s pregnancy and continue visitation until the child’s second birthday.  These nurses provide support, education and counseling on health, infant development and self-sufficiency topics. Mothers and children who have participated have consistently demonstrated significantly improved prenatal health, fewer subsequent pregnancies, increased maternal employment, improved child school readiness, reduced involvement in crime, and less child abuse, neglect and injuries.

Nurse-Family Partnership is administered through Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital and has been serving first-time mothers across the region since 2007. It currently has 87 mothers enrolled.  For more information about NFP at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital or to find out if you may be eligible to take part, contact Desiree Rockwell at (570) 268-2518 or

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Nurse-Family Partnership staff includes (L-R): Claudia Piechocki, RN; Michelle Delp, RN; Kathy Oeffner, RN; Denise Moore, RN; Denice Cron, RN; and Julia Potter, RN.