Pender, Nebraska (December 27, 2023) – Pender Community Hospital recently announced that Shane Schuster has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for the hospital district. Schuster acted as interim CEO until Laura Gamble was hired in that role in late 2022.

As COO, Schuster will maintain many of his current responsibilities in addition to maintaining provider relations, implementing strategic planning and working closely with the team to overseeing the district’s financials.

“As interim CEO, Shane has shown great leadership and ability,” said PCH CEO Laura Gamble.
“His new role as COO is a great next step to allow Shane to continue to lead our organization.”

Originally from Laurel, Nebraska, Schuster graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in Omaha. He worked as a pharmacist for 12 years before joining Pender Community Hospital as The Apothecary Shop pharmacy manager in 2014.

During his tenure as manager, Schuster led the opening of two additional retail pharmacy locations and optimized revenue opportunities through the federal 340B program. He also served as ancillary services director, overseeing hospital pharmacy, radiology, laboratory and rehab services.

Schuster resides in Pender with his family and is active on the Pender-Thurston Summer Rec Board of Directors and with the Pender Booster Club, while also volunteering as a youth sports coach.

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 three consecutive years, from 2019-2021. PCH comprises not only the hospital but also several clinics and apothecaries, as well as Prairie Breeze Assisted Living and Little Sprouts Child Development Center. For more information, visit pchne.org.