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Building Project Receives Donation

Building Project Receives Donation

July 26th, 2018

Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, based in Decatur, recently sponsored it’s 29th Cancer Survivors event, held on Saturday, June 9 at Pana Community Hospital.  During this event, a $1000 donation was given to the Pana Community Hospital Building Project.  The donation came from The Community Foundation of Macon County through an approved grant for the building project campaign.    The grant was suggested by the Benjamin, Fe, Anthony, Joseph and David Esparaz family and the Esparaz Family Charitable Fund.  Dr. Ben Esparaz, an Oncologist from Cancer Care Specialist, has been providing exceptional care to patients at Pana Community Hospital since April 1989.   “I have always loved coming to PCH.  This is the only clinic outside of Decatur that I have maintained,” states Dr. Esparaz.  He presented the check to Trina Casner, President and CEO of PCH that afternon.  Dr. Esparaz was very grateful for Mrs. Casner’s presentation and providing an excellent overview of the expansion project.   

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.  The total cost of this project is $20.1 million and PCH plans to finance it through a combination of operating cash, USDA REDLG loans, tax-exempt revenue bonds with local banks and a capital campaign through the Pana Community Hospital Foundation.  The PCH Foundation has committed to raising $1.5 million towards the cost of the $20.1 million project, and formed a Capital Campaign Steering Committee to head the fundraising efforts.  To date, just over $640,000 has been raised.  

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


Photo:  Trina Casner, PCH CEO and Dr. Ben Esparaz, Cancer Care Specialists.