Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus, has been awarded $3.5 million for a major renovation project through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), announced Rep. Tina Pickett (Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Sen. Gene Yaw (PA-23), who played key roles in securing the state funding.
“I am pleased the governor deemed this project to be worthy of RACP funding and look forward to its completion,” said Pickett. “Our region has not been spared from the effects of COVID-19 and the strain it has put on rural hospitals. I am a strong supporter of this project, which is vital to the well-being of the communities served by the hospital.”
Specifically, the funding will go toward renovations to the hospital’s first floor and infrastructure upgrades. The project is also expected to create 25 jobs.
“I was happy to lend my support to this project,” Yaw added. “Robert Packer Hospital will be able to utilize this state investment to upgrade the existing emergency room, relocate the inpatient medical and surgical unit and add acute inpatient rehabilitation services that are not currently found in the area, while creating additional jobs in the health care industry.”
Funding for this RACP grant and others was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act. RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.