Construction Project

Your Health - Our Future

The Pana Community Hospital is embarking on a building project that is the largest expansion since the 1970's!  The hospital will add 30,000 square feet to it's existing structure. The project will be conducted in two phases and will last approximately 18 months.    

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 of the proposed project will create additional space for an urgent care, improve access to the hospital building, and provide a contemporary waiting area with private registration offices. 

This expansion will greatly improve the physical plant and facilities allowing us to continue to positively impact the area population’s health status and well-being.

Pana Community Hospital Receives Funds

Pana Community Hospital has received a large donation towards their $20.1 million dollar expansion project thanks to the U.S.D.A. and Shelby Electric Cooperative. Many were on hand as a one million dollar check was presented to hospital officials Monday.
“The expansion and support from the community are vital to providing the best care for area residents in the future,” noted Pana Community Hospital President and CEO Trina Casner. “It’s extremely important to provide care to the patients in our community and surrounding communities that we serve when they need it. When we started working on the project, the question we kept asking ourselves, does this expansion make it better for the patient, are we doing what is best for the patient? So, the patient became the key focus in all the decisions made around this project,” explained Casner.

The check was made possible through the Rural Economic Development loan and grant program. “We were very happy to help secure these funds to help not only the residents in and around the Pana area but also our member-owners that we serve out in the rural areas,” said Shelby Electric Cooperative President/CEO Josh Shallenberger. “It is vital for rural areas to have high quality healthcare for all its residents because you never know when you are going to need these critical access and emergency services because it might be a life-savings event,” added Shallenberger.


Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was also on hand for the check presentation Monday morning. “This expansion doesn’t just provide better quality healthcare for Pana area residents, it also provides economic development,” stated Congressman Davis. “Critical access hospitals in towns like Pana can be one of the largest employers so this expansion is an economic boost as well.  I commend the hospital staff, area banks, Shelby Electric Cooperative, and U.S.D.A. Rural Development for working together to help bring funds to this project,” Continued Congressman Davis.


The expansion project is designed in two areas of the hospital, the Patient Services addition and the Main Entry addition. The Patient Services expansion will create additional space for a new surgical suite, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary, materials management, and nutritional services departments. The Main Entry addition will create space for an urgent care, improve access to the hospital building, and provide a contemporary waiting area with private registration offices.  The PCH expansion project is expected to be completed by April 2019.

(left to right) Doug Wilson, USDA Rural Development State Director for Illinois, Josh Shallenberger, President|CEO Shelby Electric Cooperative, Matt Beavers, President|CEO 1st National Bank of Pana, Trina Casner, President and CEO Pana Community Hospital, Congressman Rodney Davis, John Gardner President/CEO People's Bank and Trust, Pana, and Duane Noland, President|CEO Assoc. of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.


Construction on Pana Community Hospital Project Continues

Rain, frigid temperatures, and sometimes beautiful sunshine have not slowed down progress on construction at Pana Community Hospital.  Work is moving along on both the front and back portions of the hospital’s building project. 

Iron workers continue to frame in the three-story structure on the Patient Services addition of the project.  This past month, the vertical steel beams were set and work continues to install the horizontal delta beams.  Steel framing for the structure will be completed in early April.  The flooring structure for the building is called hollow core, a type of flooring that allows more room between the ceiling and floor, which provides added room for electrical and plumbing in the ceiling area.  The first story hollow core planks are completed with the second story flooring structure to begin by March 15.  Crews will start closing in the Patient Services addition in mid-April.  

The three-story Patient Services addition to the back of the hospital will create additional space for a new surgical suite, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary, materials management and nutritional services departments. This phase is expected to be completed in September of 2018. 

Work on the Main Entry addition of the hospital has begun as well.  Crews are preparing the ground for future concrete paving located just in front of the emergency room.  The hospital’s fountain had to be removed for this work to be done, but the fountain will be back when construction on the front is completed and new landscaping work begins.  For now the fountain is being kept in storage.  Trees were also removed for the project.  The hospital will replace some of the trees with new ones as part of the final landscaping. 

The Main Entry addition will create space for an urgent care, improve access to the hospital building and provide a contemporary waiting area with private registration offices.  Pana Community Hospital appreciates our community’s support and patience as we construct this exciting expansion project.


Construction Continues at PCH Despite Frigid Temperatures

The forecast for warmer temperatures in central Illinois is a welcome reprieve for many, especially the construction crews at Pana Community Hospital.  The frigid temperatures have not stopped the construction process but below zero conditions did make things more difficult.  Despite the freezing weather, the basement walls were poured and the plumbing rough-ins for the basement were completed.  Electrical rough-ins for the basement are now being put in place.  Rock will be placed on the basement floor the week of January 22nd in preparation of the concrete floor to be poured.  The delta beam system, which are the horizontal beams, have arrived and the rest of the steel beams should start arriving by the end of January.  The steel structural beams will start going up the beginning of February and take approximately 5 weeks to complete. 

The construction currently taking place includes Phase I of the hospital’s $20.1 million dollar building project.  This addition to the rear of the hospital will create additional space for a new surgical suite, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary, materials management and dietary departments.  Projections for completion of Phase I are August of 2018.  


First National Bank of Pana Pledges $50,000 to Building Project

First National Bank of Pana’s Chief Executive Officer Matt Beavers presented Pana Community Hospital Foundation with a pledge of $50,000 at the Foundation Board meeting held on November 16th.  “The expansion of PCH is a great addition to the hospital and continues to show the hospital’s commitment to Pana.  First National Bank of Pana and its board of directors are pleased to donate $50,000 towards such a wonderful project and looks forward to the continued success of PCH,” stated Beavers.  

Peoples Bank & Trust Makes Generous Donation to Building Project

Peoples Bank & Trust recently committed to a $50,000 donation to the Pana Community Hospital Foundation. The Bank will provide these funds in five annual installments beginning in December 2017. The check was presented to the Foundation by Terry Schafer, AVP/HR and Karen Kerr, VP, Operations.   Accepting the check on behalf of the Foundation were Vicki Gullion, Foundation Vice-Chairperson, Kim Rodgers, Foundation Executive Director and Trina Casner, President/CEO of Pana Community Hospital.

The Digging Has Begun!!

It was an exciting week at Pana Community Hospital as the construction got into full swing on Phase I of the expansion project!  This phase of the project will create additional space for a new surgical suite, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary, materials management and new cafeteria.  The construction crews worked on several projects this past week.  Power lines were removed from the back of the building and the oxygen tank was moved and relocated.  A home purchased by the hospital on Huber Street was also demolished.   With the power lines down and oxygen tank removed, crews were able to start digging the basement foundation of the new addition. Other work being conducted is the construction of huge rebar cages to be used to support the foundation.  Iron workers have been working tirelessly in the hot sun building over 20 structures so far.  The project will use 50+ rebar cages.Pana Community Hospital would like to remind the public that Huber Street will be closed to thru traffic until the completion of Phase I of the project.  





January 2018

End of day-January 30th-The skyline is changing!


January 30th-first beams go vertical!


Beams are placed in staging areas and on the foundaion floor.



Trucks arrive with the steel beams and crane unloads the beams!



Foundation floor is poured.


Rock is poured over entire foundation.



Foundation walls are poured


December 2017 


Forms are set in place on both sides of the rebar so the concrete walls can be poured

The concrete pump truck arrived at PCH to pour concrete into the wall forms.

Concrete is pumped through the extended piping down into the wall forms.


November 2017

Progress continues as foundation concrete is poured.  



Rebar for basement walls go up.


October 2017

It was very exciting to see the HUGE crane arrive to PCH in October-shown here.  No, we weren't drilling for oil although that may have been what it looked like.  The crane drilled 58 holes in which rebar piers were placed and filled with concrete.  These piers will hold up the foundation of our new addition. 


58 holes were dug averaging 30-60 feet deep.


Next this large cylinder was placed in the hole. 



The rebar cage is placed in the hole and cement is poured in the hole.  


A lot of work went into the 58 piers!


September 2017


                                    The digging begins!!                                                 Rebar cages are built to be used as piers to support the building.



                                  The oxygen tank is relocated.                                       Relocation of storm sewer lines.


August 2017


Huber Street is closed to thru traffic.


June 2017


                                    Gas line relocated.                                                    Trees removed for new employee parking.


March 2017


New generator for PCH.


This project would not be possible without those who are committed to making sure Pana Community Hosptial remains a strong provider now and in the future.  Your support plays a vital role in making this building project a reality.  Click here to give today!


Fundraising for PCH Building Project Reaches Over $600,000

On July 2, 2018; some members of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee for the PCH Building Project met to add an additional $100,000 mark to the fundraising sign.  The sign, mounted on the front of the hospital, depicts the progress of the fundraising efforts of the PCH Foundation’s $1.5 million pledge towards the $20.1 million project.  To date, over $650,000 has already been raised through various fundraisers, activities and pledges. 



Proceeds from LiveWell 5K Run/Walk Benefit McMillen Scholarship and Building Fund

The Pana Community Hospital Foundation presented Terry and Jane McMillen with a check for $1,000 to be used for the Brian McMillen Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The money was part of the fundraising efforts from the LiveWell 5K Run/Walk held on Memorial Day weekend.  Proceeds from the race benefitted the PCH Building Project and the local McMillen Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The event raised $2,000 with over 175 participants.  Proceeds from the race will ensure funds continue for the memorial scholarship as well as support the local hospital.  Pana Community Hospital would like to thank all the volunteers, participants, Pana Fire, Pana Police and the race sponsors who included:  First National Bank of Pana, Carol Schramm, McMillen Builders, Peoples Bank & Trust, Oak Terrace Resort & Spa, Beyers Chiropractic, Hilton Plumbing, Country Companies-Kathy Kircher, and Wilborn Creek Powersports.  Also thanks to the following who donated prizes for the participants:  Subway, Pizza Man, Save-A-Lot, Pana Chamber of Commerce, Pana High School, Arpeggio Winery, Pana News Group, Squeaky Clean Car Wash, Pana Bowl, McDonalds, LiveWell Fitness and First National Bank of Pana as the Grand Prize sponsor.  


PCH Employees Raise over $59,000 for Capital Campaign


Pana Community Hospital employees know first hand the value of the $20.1 million dollar buidling project and what the project means to the future of Pana Community Hospital.  That is why so many employees reached into their own pocketbooks and gave generously to the PCH Employee Giving Campaign.  Employees raised $59,278.12!  



Proceeds from McDonalds Cards Sales Benefit PCH Building Project
McDonalds of Pana presented the Pana Community Hospital Foundation the proceeds from the sale of sandwich and drink punch cards during the holiday season.  The fundraising effort brought in $5,500, which will help fund the PCH Building Project.  Kirk Woods, General Manager of McDonalds, presented the funds to Kim Pollman, Executive Director of the PCH Foundation, and Vicky Gullion, Chairman of the PCHF Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
Pana Community Hospital Foundation has committed to raising $1.5 million towards the cost of the $20.1 million project.  A Steering Committee has been formed to conduct a Capital Campaign.  Kim Pollman, Executive Director of the Foundation stated; “This generous donation goes a long way in helping us to reach our goals.  The support of local businesses as well as individuals has always been the cornerstone to our fundraising success.”      
The building project is the largest expansion to Pana Community Hospital since the 1970’s adding over 30,000 square feet to the back and front of the hospital.  Currently crews are working on both the front and back of the hospital.  Iron workers have completed most of the first story flooring structure with the 3-story vertical beams all in place.  Crews are also beginning the ground work for the front addition.       
Donations to the PCH Building Project can be made at anytime by contacting the Foundation office at 217-562-6340 or by donating online at






Join us Tuesday, February 6th at the Basketball Tailgate
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GREAT Gift Just in Time for the Holidays!!

The Pana Community Hospital Foundation is selling McDonald’s punch cards to help fund the PCH Building Project.  For just $25, pick your choice of a sandwich card (quarter pounder w/ cheese or Big Mac) or McCafe card (can be used for any drink on McCafe menu including iced coffee, frappes, smoothies, etc.).   You get 52 sandwiches or 52 beverages (1 a week for a year) starting January 1st!!! The cards are good in Pana-Taylorville-Shelbyville-Vandalia. Contact the Foundation office TODAY.  These make GREAT Stocking Stuffers!


Memorial Angel Tree Proceeds Benefit Building Project

The Pana Community Hospital Foundation is now selling angels for the 2017 Memorial Angel Tree.  The Christmas tree, adorned with hundreds of hand crafted lace angels and white lights, is now on display in the Pana Community Hospital Medical Mall. 


Each angel, tagged with the name of a loved one, symbolizes and celebrates their life during the holiday season.  The angels may be purchased for $5.00 each and are sold in the Foundation Office located in Pana Community Hospital.  For more information and details about the Memorial Angel Tree, contact Kim Rodgers, Foundation Executive Director at 562-6340.


Capital Campaign Steering Committee Formed

At the groundbreaking ceremony held in August, the Pana Community Hospital Foundation Board pledged to raise $1,500,000 over a two year period in support of the expansion project. On November 9th, the Capital Campaign Steering Committee and special guests met for the first time to discuss the project and set goals.  Members of the committee include:   Committee Co-chairman Vicky Gullion, Joyce Morgan and Dick Lees; Community Chairman Cindy Hancock (Nokomis and Oconee), Carol Schramm and Ron McMillen (Pana) Joyce Throneburg (Assumption), and Mary Ann Rhoades (Ramsey); Physician Co-Chairman Dr. Marlon Muneses and Dr. Shabaz Mohammad; Hospital Family Chairmen Jean Applegate, Mollie Beyers, and Stephanie Anderson; Major/Corporate Gifts John Livesay; Financial Assistance Chad Sutton; and Fundraising Committee Kim Rodgers, Gayle McRoberts, Melissa Rybolt, Carol Chandler, Deb Stalets and Cheryl Swenny. 

Successful Festival of Trees!

Thanks to everyone who donated, bid, or helped in any way to make the Festival of Trees a success.  The event raised just under $3,000!  Special thanks to Price Auction who facilitated the online bidding.