USDA Emergency Rural Healthcare Grant To Boost Telehealth Capabilities at PCH

PENDER – An improved Electronic Health Record (EHR) system will increase the telehealth capabilities at Pender Community Hospital (PCH).

According to a release, Pender Community Hospital recently received a $1 million USDA Emergency Rural Healthcare Grant.

The current Electronic Health Record system will be phased out this December at PCH.

Interim CEO at Pender Community Hospital, Shane Schuster said, “since the start of the pandemic, our patients have looked to do more online, and our board and community is requesting a more developed patient portal and telehealth services. Our goal in procuring our new EHR is that we can provide services to all patients, regardless of their location.”

The new system improves the access and timeliness of patient records, which is critical to providing rural patients quality care close to home. The cost of the new EHR includes not only the purchase of the system itself, but also the appropriate hardware and training necessary to optimize the new system.

Pender Community Hospital has been providing quality healthcare in northeast Nebraska since 1913. The 21-bed critical access hospital (CAH) was recognized by the Chartis Center for Rural Health as a Top-100 CAH for three consecutive years, from 2019-2021. PCH comprises not only the hospital but also several clinics and apothecaries, as well as Prairie Breeze Assisted Living and Little Sprouts Child Development Center.

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