At the turn of the century, the only emergency room in
Susquehanna County was the baggage room of the Susquehanna Depot.
Workers for the Erie Railroad repair shops were treated for their
By 1904, the city fathers recognized the need for a
treatment center to care for the Erie Railroad workers and their
families. The Susquehanna City Hospital, with an availability of 14
beds, was established in the Gaylord Curtis home on East Main
Street. Since the property had been donated by a local businessman,
Simon H. Barnes, the name of the hospital was changed soon after, to
pay tribute to this generous man.
In 1965, a new facility was built on Turnpike Street.
In 1970 a skilled nursing wing was added, and the name was changed
to the Barnes-Kasson County Hospital to honor a bequest from the
estate of Myron Kasson of Montrose, PA.
In order to serve rural Susquehanna County, The
Barnes-Kasson County Hospital has established four regional health
centers in Hallstead, Lenox, New Milford, and Susquehanna. The
regional health centers insure accessible health care to these
In 1975, The Barnes-Kasson Home Health Services were
established to provide skilled nursing services for the homebound,
including nursing care, occupational therapy, physical therapy,
health care training & education, and a healthy beginnings program
for mothers and their infants.
Today the hospital maintains strong ties with area
businesses and develops effective programs to meet their needs
though its Industrial Health Services Program. In addition, the
hospital is an active health information and education resource for
the entire county.
Combining home town quality and new technology,
Barnes-Kasson Hospital offers a wide range of medical, surgical and
diagnostic services, as well as maternity care, intensive care unit,
outpatient rehabilitation, 24 hour emergency care, a 25 bed acute
care unit and a 58 bed Skilled Nursing Facility. To address our
patients needs, medical social work services are provided for
assessment and assistance in social, emotional, and financial
A long tradition of stability has enabled Barnes-Kasson
to become the governing agent of several countywide social services.
Included are a transportation system, aging services, senior
centers, the WIC program, and volunteer services.
The Barnes-Kasson network, as Susquehanna County's
largest health-care provider, is dedicated to helping everyone enjoy
the best health and health-care possible in our scenic rural area.