PENDER, Neb. (March 18, 2023) – Pender Community Hospital (PCH) is expanding services, providing substance use services for patients through telemedicine. The new substance use service is now available for patients.

Substance use services are provided in the Pender Community Hospital Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic by the Bryan Independence Center in Lincoln, NE. Licensed Counselors from the Bryan Independence Center will provide outpatient substance use evaluation and counseling for patients age 15 and older. The Bryan Independence Center offers a full continuum of treatment options for patients needing a level of care beyond outpatient counseling.
Patients or family members of patients needing an evaluation for substance use should discuss their concerns with their healthcare provider. Community providers can refer patients for an evaluation and treatment recommendation.

“PCH is thrilled to partner with Bryan Independence Center to launch a substance use evaluation and counseling program via telehealth, reinforcing our commitment to addressing vital mental health needs in northeast Nebraska,” said Dr. Matt Timm, Primary Care Provider at PCH. “By extending accessible, high-quality care, we aim to make a positive impact on individuals and families facing substance use challenges, strengthening our commitment to providing comprehensive care for physical and mental well-being.”

“The Bryan Independence Center is excited to partner with PCH to provide substance use counseling services to the community via telehealth,” said Dr. Dave Miers, Senior Director, Behavioral Health Services. “According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (samhsa.gov) nearly 1 in 3 adults have either a substance use disorder or mental illness in a year, and 1 in 2 young adults between 18-25 had either a substance use disorder or mental illness.” He further stated “Many individuals in rural areas are unable to seek services, often due to a lack of providers. Connecting those in need in the Northeast Nebraska area to the professionals at the Bryan Independence Center will help individuals find hope, help, and healing.”

The expansion of telemedicine services allows Pender Community Hospital to provide affordable, convenient, and trusted care right here in our community. Timm reminds people that expert care like that provided by the Bryan Independence Center allows patients to receive expert care, close to home.
Learn more about the services Pender Community Hospital offers at www.pchne.org


About Pender Community Hospital District
Pender Community Hospital (PCH) 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 four years, from 2019-2021 and 2023. PCH comprises not only the hospital but four rural health clinics and three pharmacies, as well as Prairie Breeze Assisted Living and Little Sprouts Child Development Center. For more information, visit pchne.org.

About Bryan Telemedicine and Teledigm Health
Bryan Telemedicine, founded in 2014, is a joint venture partnership between Teledigm Health and Bryan Health. Bryan Telemedicine and Teledigm Health assist their partners in transforming healthcare delivery by providing a suite of solutions designed to increase access to clinical and operational resources. Bryan Telemedicine and Teledigm Health provide services in over 90 facilities in 10 states.

About Bryan Independence Center
Since 1971, Bryan Independence Center has helped clients and families from Southeast Nebraska and many other states struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Bryan Independence Center offers specialized youth & adult treatment for alcohol & drug addictions. Services include evaluation, inpatient, outpatient & aftercare programs. Bryan Independence Center is the only provider to offer complete levels of care for clients; nursing coverage 24-hours a day, seven-days a week; direct access to full medical care and a separate short-term residential program for adolescents and adults.