The Vision of the PCH District is to be the
Best Place to Get Care and the Best Place to Give Care.
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2017
Contact: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Elizabeth Ruen, 605-361-9848, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Pender Community Hospital
Melissa Kelly, CEO/CFO, 402-385-4012, Kellyma@mercyhealth.com
Pender Community Hospital Receives $400,000 Grant for Cutting-EdgeDiagnostic Tool from Helmsley Charitable Trust
Pender, NE - Patients at Pender Community Hospital will soon benefit from access to the latest
computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M.
and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust's Rural Healthcare Program.
Helmsley has awarded Pender Community Hospital $400,000 for a new 64-slice CT scanner. CT scanners
provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. A new CT scanner will allow for faster
scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and
course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date healthcare technology close to home.
"We're very grateful and thrilled to receive these funds from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Not only
does this grant help us continue to grow as an organization, but most importantly helps Pender
Community Hospital continue to be the best place to get care and the best place to give care to its
patients," said Melissa Kelly, CEO, Pender Community Hospital.
Pender Community Hospital is one of 41 grant recipients across the region to benefit from this round of
funding to purchase CT scanners. Helmsley's Rural Healthcare Program has granted over $30 million to
support the purchase of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners in a seven-state region.
"Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to
home as possible," said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. "To achieve this,
rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive
essential healthcare services locally. This initiative is one of many that aims to improve healthcare
access and health outcomes across the upper Midwest."
The funding initiative was the result of a survey of Critical Access Hospitals in the Rural Healthcare
Program's seven-state funding region. Capital equipment, particularly CT scanners, was identified as a
top need by many hospitals. In addition, a new Medicare policy went into effect January 1, 2016, that
reduced reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet specific radiation dose
requirements. Since 2015, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded 78 grants totaling over $30 million
to outfit hospitals with new, state-of-the-art CT scanners.
About the Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in
health, select place-based initiatives, education and human services. Since 2008, when Helmsley began its active
grantmaking, it has committed more than $1.8 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley's Rural
Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to
emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-theart
training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $300 million to
organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming,
Minnesota, Iowa and Montana. For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.