PCH BUILDING PROJECT CAMPAIGN
At the groundbreaking ceremony held in August, 2018, the Pana Community Hospital Foundation Board pledged to raise $1.5 million over a two year period in support of an historic expansion project costing $20.1 million. The building project is the largest expansion to Pana Community Hospital since the 1970’s. Construction work began in the summer of 2018 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. Over 30,000 square feet will be added to the back and front of the hospital and will be designed in two phases. Phase I of the project will create additional space for a new surgical suite, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary, materials management and dietary departments. Phase II will create additional space for an urgent care, improve access to the hospital building and provide a contemporary waiting area with private registration offices.
With advancements in modern medicine growing rapidly year after year, the ability to treat and diagnose illnesses and diseases can be difficult to keep pace with. For a rural hospital, keeping up with the latest in services and technology can be financially cumbersome. In 2015, the PCH Foundation pledged $200,000 to PCH for the purchase of a new 3D Mammography imaging machine. Once again, through the generosity of the community, the Foundation was able to contribute over $220,000 to the purchase of this much needed equipment.
Many people have been touched by the tragedy of breast cancer. When Pana Community Hospital announced its plans to “Go Digital”, i.e. upgrade its current mammography services to the latest in digital technology, the response was overwhelming! In a very short period of time, The Foundation raised over $60,000 towards the purchase of the digital machine.
The largest fundraising campaign to date was for the state-of-the-art Rehab Wellness Center. The Foundation committed to raise $500,000 towards the $1.2 million needed to finance new 11,700 square foot facility. Once again, the community came together and donations and pledges for this project well exceeded the original equipment. Pana Community Hospital now boasts one of the finest rehabilitation, fitness and wellness centers in its area.
The first major campaign taken on by the Foundation was the expansion of the Emergency Department, with the official kickoff on December 15, 1998. The Foundation made the commitment to spearhead a fundraiser for the purpose of construction of the new Emergency Department of the hospital. The original commitment of the Foundation was to raise $300,000. The fund-drive was a tremendous success; and when the final numbers were tallied, the sum exceeded $500,000. The hospital moved from its 256 square feet emergency room to its current 2,469 square feet Emergency Department in December 2000.