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Pana Community Hospital has partnered with SIU Healthcare, the Springfield-based clinical practice of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, to provide Pana area patients with orthopaedic care for bone, joint, and muscle injuries. SIU orthopedic surgical specialist Dr. Youssef El Bitar, MD, will be seeing patients at PCH. Melissa Rybolt, Marketing Coordinator at PCH told Regional Radio News that Dr. El Bitar will be start seeing patients on March 10, and every Thursday and Friday following that day.

Dr. El Bitar specializes in shoulder & elbow surgery, knee surgery, hip preservation, joint reconstruction, neck & back pain, and general orthopaedic conditions. Rybolt noted he also has a special interest in sports medicine.

Rybolt added those that would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. El Bitar should see their primary care physician first and have a referral.

To schedule an appointment, you can call PCH at 217-562-6246. El Bitar is married and has a son and daughter, and enjoys all sports especially football and soccer, among other hobbies.

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