Pender Community Hospital breaks ground on new expansion

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The Pender Community Hospital will be adding 20,000 square feet to their hospital in a new clinic facility to be built right next door. Hospital representatives say they need the space and new technology to help provide the best care possible to their patients.
“I am very excited! It has taken a lot of work, a lot of time, and a lot of effort by a lot of people and it’s just exciting to get to this point where we’re actually going to break ground and we’re going to see some of this come to life” says Lori Minert, Clinic Manager, Pender Community Hospital.
Hard hats were on and shovels were in the ground as board members, doctors, clinic staff…and the community celebrated the start of construction. The Pender Community Hospital will start construction next week on an $8 million project to build a physicians’ clinic facility right next to their existing hospital. The expansion will not only bring their clinic offices to a more efficient spot, but it will nearly double their size, adding 28 exam rooms for 7 different providers.
“People are using every inch of space. We converted a conference room to an office for four different people. Everyone’s sharing, we’ve used every nook and cranny that we possibly can” says Melissa Kelly, CEO Pender Community Hospital.
“Plus, we are updating to state of the art sound proof rooms up here. We’re adding improved X-ray services and lab services, and we’re centrally locating those” says Lori Minert, Clinic Manager, Pender Community Hospital.
Physicians say the new equipment will be a huge plus in treating patients and keeping records…making them just as good, if not better than larger hospitals. Their hope is that Pender Community Hospital will be a center for both rural and urban northeast Nebraska communities to go for healthcare. They say the close, tight knit community feel in the hospital, along with their skilled physicians, will have them leading at the finish line.
“The nursing staff are all people that they know, sometimes even related to and it gives you a feeling of being almost home…we’re going to be the future here” says Dr. David Hoelting, Physician at Pender Community Hospital.
The new clinic facility is expected to open in December 2017. 
Pender Community Hospital bought out their partner Mercy Medical in 2013.

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