The Vision of the PCH District is to be the
Best Place to Get Care and the Best Place to Give Care.
To help ensure the safety of everyone during the Coronavirus emergency, we have modified our hours and policies at Pender Community Hospital, Medical Clinics & Apothecaries. We sincerely appreciate the community’s outpouring of support and thank you in advance for your cooperation during this difficult time. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposing patients, hard-working staff, dedicated medical providers and to keep visitors safe, we have made the following temporary changes, effective immediately.
Updates, Closures & Policy Changes During COVID-19
Important changes effective immediately
MEDICAL CLINIC UPDATES
- Pender Medical Clinic remains open for all patients. Please note: non-ill and ill patients must use different entrances during this time. A maximum of one guest can accompany clinic patients, but we kindly ask that you attend appointments alone when possible.
- Non-ill patients will continue to be seen at the Pender Medical Clinic for appointments such as wellness exams, OB visits, injuries, annual wellness exams and other select appointments.
- Ill patients will now be seen at the Pender Community Hospital Outpatient Clinic to limit exposure to other patients. Ill patients must enter at the main hospital entrance.
- Clinic Closures: Bancroft, Beemer and Emerson Medical Clinics are temporarily closed.
- Please call 402-385-3033 to schedule an appointment or if you have questions.
- Hospital patients are only allowed visitors under special circumstances.
- Non-ill patients utilizing laboratory, radiology, or outpatient services must enter through the North Rehab Services entrance.
- Ill or injured patients enter at the South ER door for treatment or admission (push the button for assistance & screening)
- OB and surgical patients enter at the Northwest helipad/surgery entrance (push the button for assistance & screening)
- All Apothecary Shops will remain open during this time.
- Pender, Emerson and West Point Apothecaries are only offering drive-thru pharmacy services. Wisner Apothecary is only offering curbside pickup.
- Over-the-counter products can still be purchased using the drive-thru or curb side pickup. Please let the pharmacist know what you need.
ADDITIONAL UPDATES & INFORMATION
- The hospital cafeteria is now only open to staff but hospital visitors may order a guest tray from a patient room.
- GIFT SHOP
- Closed until further notice.
Thank you for doing your part to help the staff at Pender Community Hospital and Clinics during this challenging time. Whenever possible, stay home and please, call first before visiting the clinic or hospital. Stay safe and take care of one another. Together, we will get through this.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ILL PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 OR FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMSMILD TO MODERATE SYMPTOMS
- Contact the Pender Medical Clinic to speak with a triage nurse or provider at 402-385-3033, option 2. A nurse will evaluate your symptoms over the phone and consult your provider.
- If you need to be seen in person, an appointment will be scheduled. You will be directed by staff scheduling your appointment on where and when you should report for your appointment. It likely due to temporary changes as a result of COVID-19, you’ll need to enter for your appointment at the main HOSPITAL entrance.
- You will be screened from your car or outside the building again prior to entering for your appointments
- Call the Pender Community Hospital Nurses Station at 402-385-4066 and let the staff know you are coming in and your symptoms, if possible.
- Upon arrival to the ER, call the nurse’s station at 402-385-4066 or ring the bell for nursing assistancing.
COVID-19 INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
Learn more about COVID-19 and know what to do to protect yourself and those you love.What is the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads very easily and very quickly from person to person—and can also be contracted by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, meaning it is a new strain; there are no vaccinations or cures. It is highly contagious and spreads rapidly which makes it extremely dangerous and can be deadly.
How does COVID-19 spread? COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate. The virus spreads between people in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, but it can also be spread by people who have the virus and haven’t shown signs of illness yet, or are asymptomatic. The highly contagious virus can also be contracted after a person touches a surface or object with the virus on it and they then touch their own mouth, nose or eyes.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 can have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Fever over 100.4
- Shortness of breath
How can you protect yourself from COVID-19?
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water, and scrub vigorously for at least 20 seconds. It is very important to scrub your hands completely, front and back, making sure to get between your fingers, scrubbing your palms and thumbs, and scrub your fingertips as well, as the virus can hide under your fingernails.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Do not touch your face. Try to break the habit in general for your own safety. If you do have to touch your face (to take out contact lenses, apply makeup, etc.), always wash your hands according to the guidelines mentioned above before doing so.
- Stay inside. The COVID-19 outbreak has reached a pandemic status, which means it’s spreading at a very dangerous rate. To stop the spread of the deadly disease and help prevent healthcare facilities from becoming overburdened, it’s important to stay inside and avoid contact with others who may be unknowingly spreading the disease.
- Practice Social Distancing. If you do have to leave for work, shop for necessities, groceries, or are helping the elderly or other immunocompromised people in your community, always remain at least 6 feet from others when out in public to reduce the risk of being infected.
Resources:For the latest information about this rapidly evolving global health crisis, visit:
- National CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/index.html
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- Current Nebraska Cases by County: https://nebraska.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4213f719a45647bc873ffb58783ffef3