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100 Hospital Drive, Pender, NE 68047 | Main: (402) 385-3083 | Nurses Station: (402) 385-4066

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COVID-19 Caring for our community

Facing this together.

As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we're thankful for our community's support and remain dedicated to providing you--and your family--our safest care. We've faced many challenges. But through it all, we've learned that together, we are stronger than any virus.

Pender Community Hospital remains dedicated to your safest care--now and always. Throughout unpredictability, we continue to deliver babies, see patients in our clinics, administer infusion services, and provide life-saving care in our hospital. And we look to the future with confidence knowing together, this community can face anything.

Always here when you need care. For questions about COVID-19, call 402.385.3033, opt. 2. After hours, call 402.385.4066.

Additional Safety Procedures and Policies

On top of our already high safety standards, we have put into place additional procedures, policies, practices, and hours to keep you protected. These consist of:

  • Separate areas for sick and healthy patients
  • Introduced new screening policies for patients at entrances
  • The enforcement of a 6-foot social distancing rule
  • Continual cleaning and disinfecting of hospital and clinic surfaces
  • Taking extra precautionary steps while working with patients who have, or might have, COVID-19 to reduce the risk of passing it to others

Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Rules for Hospitalized Patients

For the safety of our staff and patients, visitors are asked to follow the rules listed below. Visitors unable to comply with guidelines will be asked to leave to protect our patients and staff

  • Visitors are asked to provide their own mask, if possible.
  • Visitors will be screened for illness or COVID-19 exposure.
  • Mask must be worn properly (covering mouth and nose) for the entirety of the visit.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient room (unless instructed otherwise by nursing staff)
  • Visitors are not allowed in lobbies, nutrition areas or waiting rooms areas.
  • Visitors must stay in the building for the duration of the visit.
  • No visitors allowed in the COIVD-19 isolation area.



  • Pender Medical Clinic is open and seeing patients.


  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy are seeing patients at their original location. Please enter for these services on the north side of the Pender Community Hospital at door #12
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehab patients will now enter through the Pender Medical Clinic, Lower Level Entrance, door #4
  • All other hospital services, Outpatient Specialty Clinic & Services, Laboratory, & Radiology should enter through the main hospital entrance, door #5.


  • All Apothecary Shops are open, including lobby area being open the public.
  • All Apothecary Shops are continuing to offering mail out and delivery services for those not comfortable visiting on-site.


  • 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.
  • When arriving for your appointment, you will be asked to wear a mask and enter at the main Pender Medical Clinic entrance. Upon entering you'll be escorted to a separate waiting area.
  • 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 assistance.


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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
Many people are able to rest at home if they have COVID-19 until they feel better. An infected person should isolate themselves as much as they can from others in the household, in a separate bedroom and ideally using a separate bathroom if possible. Those in the house should quarantine themselves as well, staying inside to avoid carrying the highly-contagious virus to others out in the community.

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.