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PCH FastCare
(Pana Community Hospital courtesy photo)

PANA (Heartland Newsfeed) — A new walk-in clinic, PCH FastCare, will be opening at Pana Community Hospital in mid-to-late February to service patients from the Pana and surrounding areas, according to a news release Thursday.

PCH marketing manager Melissa Rybolt stated that FastCare and their Emergency department will be sharing the same entrance.

“Upon entering, patients will be greeted by a receptionist, and can request to be seen in FastCare during its normal business hours,” says Rybolt.

Rybolt added that those seeking treatment after hours will be serviced in the Emergency Department, or they will need to wait until FastCare of their doctor’s office is open.

“This service was added to help us better serve the needs of our patients,” says Pana Community Hospital CEO Trina Casner.

The addition of FastCare at PCH presents an advantage over similar services in the region.

“The beauty of Pana Community Hospital’s FastCare service is that the Emergency Department is adjacent to it, and if the patient requires emergency care, then that department is right there,” Rybolt explained.

Operating hours are slated to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The highly-anticipated service was under development during the massive $20.4 million construction project, which took place throughout 2019 and was completed in December. FastCare was given the green light January 13 from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network and a contributing writer for My Sports Vote, Ambush Sports and Midwest Sports Network. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dogs Sparky and Buster.

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