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For Immediate Release: June 24, 2019

Pender Community Hospital District's Clinics Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Pender, NE(June 24, 2019) - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Pender Community Hospital District's Medical Clinics in Pender, Emerson, Bancroft, and Beemer have been awarded NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Program recognition for use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

"It's a great honor to be recognized with the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), our team has worked tirelessly to implement these improved processes to benefit our patients at all of our medical clinics," said Lori Minert, medical clinic director at the Pender Community Hospital District. "We are excited to be four of 17 clinics in Nebraska, outside of the Lincoln and Omaha area to earn this recognition."

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care built on evidence-based, nationally recognized clinical standards of care. Developed to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts. Patients can expect better communication, better management of chronic conditions and improved experience from PCMH recognized clinics.

"NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients," said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane. "Recognition shows that Pender, Emerson, Bancroft, and Beemer Medical Clinics have the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time."

The official NCQA directory of Recognized Clinicians can be accessed at

About Pender Community Hospital District

Pender's hospital dates back to 1913. Over the years, the Pender Community Medical System has become a model of an effective Rural Health System. Through the loyalty and generous support of everyone making up the hospital district, plus the dedication of the medical staff, Board of Directors, and hospital staff, we continue to deliver top quality health care.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA's website ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at and on LinkedIn at