PENDER, Neb. (February 12, 2023) – Pender Community Hospital District (PCHD) has announced the establishment of a new endowment for Pender Community Health Care Foundation. This endowment was created in December 2023 through a partnership with Nebraska Community Foundation, a statewide nonprofit organization that serves more than 265 Greater Nebraska communities across the state.

“I’m excited to announce this new endowment and to thank Nebraska Community Foundation for its partnership,” said Shane Schuster, Chief Operating Officer at PCHD. “With this endowment now in place, Pender Community Health Care Foundation will be able to scale new heights while facilitating critical projects, building upon the work it has already accomplished and finding new ways to give back.”

The new endowment establishes Pender Community Health Care Foundation as a true philanthropic entity with the ability to solicit charitable giving, such as through gifts of grain, stock/IRA or estate planning. There is also a newly established employee-payroll deduction option, which allows employees to donate a small portion of each paycheck to the endowment.

The foundation was created in 1991 to help raise funds for critical PCHD initiatives and enable individuals, businesses, groups and other organizations to make charitable donations that benefit PCHD.

“I’m so grateful for our partnership with Nebraska Community Foundation.” Schuster said. “With this new endowment, we’ll be able to do more, finding new ways of giving back to PCHD and ensuring we can be the premier healthcare provider in our area.”

Since its founding, the Pender Community Health Care Foundation has played a key role in the coordination of new facilities for the Emerson Medical Clinic & Apothecary in 2019; the construction of the Pender Medical Clinic & Apothecary Shop in 2018; and the PCHD expansion project that created additional space for more physicians and physician assistants in 2001. Additionally, in 1996 and 1997, the foundation facilitated the capital campaign for the construction of an Outpatient Specialty Clinic, raising more than $1.1 million in pledges that enabled PCHD to complete this project.

To learn more about Pender Community Health Care Foundation, visit pchne.org/about-us/healthcare-foundation-auxiliary.


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 Pender Community Health Care Foundation
In 1991, the Pender Community Health Care Foundation was formed with one purpose – to encourage people, businesses, groups and other organizations within the community to give back to the hospital and residents of Pender, NE, through charitable donations. Overseen by a 12-person Board of Directors, the foundation accepts, administers and distributes these donations to different PCHD initiatives. Visit pchne.org/about-us/healthcare-foundation-auxiliary to learn more. About

Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska. Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving more than 265 communities. In the last five years, 45,993 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $517 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit NebraskaHometown.org.