Nemaha County Hospital (NCH), a county-owned facility and governed by state law, has served Nemaha County and the surrounding area for more than 50 years. NCH’s mission is to continuously advance healthcare in Nemaha County. The five-board certified physicians, physician assistants, and staff support this goal on a daily basis in a modern facility with state-of-the-art technology. In 2013, the hospital invested in digital mammography, as well as a bone densitometer.
The hospital recently updated operating and procedure rooms; emergency room facilities (NCH was the first state-designated Basic Level Trauma Center in Southeast Nebraska); 20 private patient rooms; state of the diagnotic imaging center; food services; and patient and visitor waiting areas. The hospital spent nearly $7 million on the latest renovation and continues to invest between $200,000 and $300,000 annually on capital improvements.
Nemaha County Hospital offers a broad range of health services with nearly 30 consulting specialists. Specialty clinics available include: orthopedic; vascular; obstetrics and gynecology; urology; surgery; podiatry; gastroenterology; pain clinics; pulmonology; ophthalmology; neurology; cardiology; psychiatry; ear, nose, and throat; and oncology. Cardiology services are provided by Bryan LGH Heart Institute and Nebraska Heart Institute. NCH also offers these outpatient services: bone density; doppler, echocardiograms; pacemaker checks; MRI; mammography; nuclear medicine; ultrasound; CT/PET scans, and more.
Nemaha County Home Care (NCHC) partners with the hospital to improve patients’ continuum care. Emphasizing the team approach, NCHC includes the patient, family/caregivers, pharmacist, physicians, and the home health team of nurses and therapists to improve outcomes for patient health and well-being.
Good Samaritan Society also provides home health services which include: skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, bathing assistance, and homemaking services.
Auburn Family Health Center, P.C., is owned and operated by five physicians who specialize in family practice. The health center offers a wide range of services including lab collection and processing, digital x-rays, well-child visits, health care maintenance exams, and other related procedures and services.
Auburn Family Health Center (AFHC) offers a neurosurgery clinic, where a neurosurgeon travels to Auburn twice a month to see patients in the southeast Nebraska area. AFHC also hosts a rheumatology clinic once a month. AFHC offers a women’s wellness clinic one Saturday each month.
Auburn Family Health Center, P.C. and Peru State College have joined together to create a medical facility for the convenience of Peru State College students and staff. A nurse from AFHC is available four days a week and an AFHC physician travels to Peru State College twice a week to accommodate the medical needs of both students and staff.
The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative program between Peru State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Students admitted into the RHOP must be from a rural background. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural communities who will plan to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska. It represents a commitment and dedication to quality health care for the citizens of the state. Upon selection into the RHOP, students are automatically pre-admitted into their specific program at the UNMC. Students are strongly encouraged and expected to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska. Currently, Peru State has been allocated three seats in the pharmacy program and four seats in the nursing program.
The community of Auburn also has three pharmacies, two dental offices, and a full-service eye clinic.
The Auburn Volunteer Rescue Squad, with two ambulances, has 13 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and numerous non-licensed assistants. The ambulances are equipped with standard equipment and an automated external defibrillator. The EMTs complete 20 hours of mandatory training every two years for recertification. An executive board, consisting of a captain, lieutenant, secretary/treasurer, and five trustee positions oversee the operations of the department. The Auburn Fire and Rescue Departments respond to emergency calls within the district as well as mutual aid areas and operate the Jaws of Life.
Midwest Medical Transport is stationed in Auburn with a full-time paramedic staff, which is an “Advanced Life Support” service that supports the Auburn Rescue Squad and transports for the Nemaha County Hospital.