A new clinic aimed at providing treatment for those suffering from chronic pains will soon be in place at Perry County Memorial Hospital.

The hospital’s board of trustees recently voted to approve a contract with Pain Management Group of Findlay, Ohio for operation of the new clinic. It will be based from the hospital’s outpatient clinic located next to the emergency room.

The firm currently operates nearly 20 hospital-based pain clinics. Those clinics are based in small and medium-sized hospitals in all of Indiana’s neighboring states. The hospital’s vice president of financial services Steve Berkhouse says he was familiar with the work of the group in Ohio health care centers. He says they did great work with other departments.

Data on Pain Management Group’s website says 76 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. The group says that is more than diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer combined. In their system, patients are referred to clinics through their primary care physician. After being examined and diagnosed by a pain specialist at one of Pain Management Group’s hospital-based centers, a patient then goes through a balanced treatment program. The program includes a coordinated care path and channels those with pain to appropriate resources, which brings downstream revenue back into the hospital that hosts the pain clinic.

The Perry Memorial Hospital clinic is set to be open sometime this fall.