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New health clinic approved in Perry Co., hospital pushing back

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 1:55 PM CDT
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PERRY CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The planning commission in Tell City has approved works for a new Fast Pace Health clinic, but Perry County Memorial Hospital is pushing back.

Officials say Fast Pace Health is building only a few hundred yards away from the hospital’s clinic.

Representatives from Perry County Memorial Hospital say they believe they’ve expanded enough to cover the healthcare needs in the area.

“When we look at the number of primary care physicians needed per population using the American Medical Association standards and Indiana standards, they say there’s a need for 11 primary care providers. And currently, in the county, between the employed providers and independent providers, there are over 18 providers in the county. So we really don’t see the need for that and again we think it’s an unnecessary duplication of services,” Brian Herwig, PCMH’s Chief Executive Officer said.

“In the beginning maybe there was a need because when I first arrived I am the first internal medicine but, and there were private groups here but we weren’t enough to accommodate. But since then, Brian has added more providers and I don’t feel we need that here now,” Dr. Anatacia Kirzman, a PCMH Doctor said.

Representatives from PCMH say they did go to the planning commission meeting to express their concerns.

The city attorney released a statement saying in part that the general standards and guidelines had been met for the new clinic, so the development plan was approved.

It also says the commission made no statement in favor or opposed to the development plan.

14 News did reach out to Fast Pace Health on Tuesday to learn more about their plans. So far, we have not heard back.

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