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Release No. STELPRD4015876
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
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Pender, Nebraska, Apr 21, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development joined the Pender Community Health Care Foundation today for a ribbon cutting signifying the official completion of the Pender Community Hospital. USDA Rural Development provided a $14 million loan leveraged with $6 million in commercial financing and $500,000 from the Foundation. The new hospital serves nearly 20,000 rural residents.

"The Pender Heath Care Foundation is thrilled that we were able to assist the Pender Hospital District in bringing this beautiful hospital project to completion.  This modern facility will serve the surrounding area well for many years to come," said Chairman, Al Maul, Pender Community Health Care Foundation.

“What started as a dream in the minds of our hospital leaders is now a reality. Pender Community Hospital has been transformed from a 1950’s style paradigm of healthcare into a synergistic 2012 provider of service.   We pride ourselves on providing “state-of-the-art” technology and the offering of the primary care services that our communities need close to home. As we say in our Vision Statement: “The Best Place to Get Care and The Best Place to Give Care”. Well, the Best has just become Better,” said Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Richard Thomason, Pender Community Hospital.

"Quality rural health care is a priority for USDA Rural Development. Facilities such as the Pender Community Hospital are an investment in the future. This facility will provide quality long term health care,” said Area Specialist Bill Sheppard, USDA Rural Development.

The Pender Community Hospital is a 35,000 square foot structure that was constructed in 1956 with additions to the facility made over the past years. The numerous additions have made them landlocked, therefore lacking room for future expansion.

The Pender Community Medical System is a model of an effective rural health system. The new hospital significantly enhances the delivery of health care to the area and removes the numerous operation inefficiencies that existed in the prior facility. The new 55,350 square foot hospital, located on a nine acre site, provides 19 private inpatient rooms, two obstetric rooms and offers rooms for expanding surgery, radiology and mobile modalities without affecting the overall site improvements.

The hospital features separate public/outpatient traffic from staff/inpatient traffic offering more privacy for the inpatients in all of their treatments. Easier convenient access is provided for the outpatients. More services are provided locally. The specialty clinic was expanded to allow four physicians to conduct clinics with three exam rooms each and include stress testing, wound care, and infusion therapy. The new hospital created three new jobs.

The USDA Rural Development loan will be for 40 years at 3.75 percent interest and was funded through the Community Facility Direct loan program. For additional information, contact Bill Sheppard at (402) 371-5350 ext. 1004 or

Last Modified:11/29/2012 
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