Welcome to Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital

Our shared goals and vision for the future define who we are and what we can achieve at Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital.

A message from our CEO

Welcome to Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital, a 55-bed inpatient medical rehabilitation hospital. Here you will find important information about the rehabilitation experience at Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital. As you come to know us, we hope you will see the passion and dedication that underscores everything we do.

At our hospital, you will find the convenience and comfort of community-based care, along with the clinical expertise and national experience in medical rehabilitation that can best address your needs and goals.

Upon arrival, you will meet a team of rehabilitation experts – physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers and other dedicated staff – who work in close collaboration to provide the care, treatment and unwavering support that will guide your recovery.

You’ll also find a dynamic rehabilitation environment. Not only will you benefit from our compassionate care and proven treatment, but you will be able to enjoy the many amenities that should make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Most of all, you will find that what you can do will far exceed what you cannot; and we will work closely with you to help you overcome the medical, physical, cognitive and emotional challenges you face.

On behalf of the entire Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital team, thank you for trusting us with your care.


Brett McChesney

Our mission, vision and values 

Our Mission
The Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital is committed to providing an exceptional patient care experience that promotes healing and recovery in a compassionate environment.

Our Vision
To serve our communities as the premier provider of adult rehabilitation care, resulting in the highest level of independence for our patients.

Our Values

We deliver superior quality care in all that we do.
We treat others as they would like to be treated.
We are results-oriented and achieve our objectives.
We are team players.
We are resourceful in overcoming obstacles.

Our history

Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital opened in April 2006. The hospital was managed by Pinnacle Health until August 2014. At that time, Select Medical and Pinnacle Health entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement, with Select Medical taking over management of the hospital.

About Helen M. Simpson

Portrait of Helen M. Simpson

Mrs. Helen Mae Smith Simpson was born February 17, 1911 and died June 5, 2005 at the age of 94. Helen graduated from John Harris High School in Harrisburg and a few years later married Joseph T. Simpson. Together they had two children, Jerry and Joanne.

Mr. Simpson would eventually become President and Chairman of the Board at Harsco Corporation. Mrs. Simpson was a talented weaver, potter, silversmith and knitter and was instrumental in organizing the Craftsmen’s Guild of Harrisburg, which ultimately expanded into the statewide organization, The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. She had a lifelong interest in collecting American antiques - especially Pennsylvania primitive furniture and artifacts, all of which have been passed on to her family for their continuing enjoyment.

In 1965, Mrs. Simpson wrote a lighthearted booklet on her unique method of refinishing furniture entitled "Refinishing Helen's Way" which was sold to benefit the Special Activities Council of Republican Women and was so successful that a second printing had to be quickly ordered.

In the early 1960s, she was the only woman on the board of the Osteopathic Hospital and was responsible for the enormous job of coordinating the interior design of the entire 80,000-square-foot new Community General Osteopathic Hospital, which opened in 1970. Her innovative ideas included making the rooms and nurse’s stations cheerful by adding wallpaper, colored paint and window treatments. She accomplished this while also dealing with orthopedic surgery.

In 1971, Mrs. Simpson was selected to receive the third annual Distinguished Service Award from the Cosmopolitan Club of Harrisburg. One of her many charitable involvements throughout her life included serving as a long-time board member for Goodwill Industries. Although Mrs. Simpson was a very busy community volunteer throughout her life, her greatest passion was gardening. Over a period of some 40 years, she transformed her Colonial Park garden into a showplace.

Due to her extensive involvement with Community General Osteopathic Hospital over the years, the trustees of the Joseph T. and Helen M. Simpson Foundation were pleased to make a grant to Pinnacle Health Foundation and have the Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital named in her memory. The rehabilitation hospital is surely a facility that she would be proud to be connected with.

We’re Here for You

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