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  • The Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital is a certified stroke rehabilitation hospital and combines the convenience and comfort of community-based care with national clinical expertise and experience in providing comprehensive medical rehabilitation.

    Our unique combination of programs better serves patient needs while helping individuals and their families set goals and plan for the future. Our state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation facility introduces therapeutic and healing techniques for patients recovering or needing treatment, or those recovering from orthopedic and neurological operations, injuries and conditions.

    About Helen M. Simpson

    Mrs. Simpson PortraitMrs. 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.