Nemaha County Hospital offers Hematology/Oncology Clinic

 Auburn, Nebr. (September 23, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of a Hematology/Oncology Clinic to the outpatient services department. Dr. Ifran Vaziri, staff physician at Nebraska Hematology-Oncology, PC, will begin seeing patients on October 1, 2020. 

Dr. Vaziri is a graduate of Aga Kahn University, Karachi, Pakistan, and completed his residency at the University of North Dakota. Vaziri then completed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Nebraska and a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Texas. Before moving to Lincoln, Dr. Vaziri practiced and served as the Medical Director at the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte, Nebraska for 14 years. Dr. Vaziri is Board Certified in both Hematology and Oncology. 

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Vaziri with Nebraska Hematology-Oncology to our group of specialties here at Nemaha County Hospital. We have always been proud of the oncology care and treatments that we have been able to provide our patients and the addition of Dr. Vaziri will allow us to continue providing quality care for our hematology/oncology patients for many years to come,” said Susan Joy, Director of Outpaitent Services. 

Nemaha County Hospital will hold the Hematology/Oncology clinic on the first Thursday of each month. A referral from a primary care physician will be required to schedule an appointment. 

Visit www.nemahacountyhospital.com for more information. 

About Nemaha County Hospital 

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. 

Nemaha County Hospital Partners With State To Expand Testing

Nebraska scaling widespread COVID-19 testing through TestNebraska

Auburn, NE (August 25, 2020) – Today, Nemaha County Hospital announced a partnership with the State of Nebraska to provide free COVID-19 testing for eligible residents. Nebraskans can take an online assessment through the TestNebraska portal at TestNebraska.com to determine eligibility. Nemaha County Hospital will be hosting the weekly drive-through test collection for TestNebraska on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nebraskans have been asking for more widespread access to testing. The State’s partnership with Nomi Health provides Nemaha County Hospital with access to a pre-existing supply chain of effective testing, project management, and clinical expertise which allows the hospital staff to take care of the community’s need. Hospitals and public health systems across the state needed immediate access to scarce resources, high-quality testing equipment and an efficient process, which this partnership delivers.

Marty Fattig, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital commented, “We are happy to join with Test Nebraska and three other hospitals in Southeast Nebraska to provide access to readily available COVID-19 testing in our area. Through better testing we can better control the spread of this virus and slow the spread of the pandemic.”

Upon registration through the TestNebraska.com website, patients will be given an appointment time, and receive their identification barcode. This identification barcode will be required for testing. All TestNebraska patients will need to enter through the lower north parking lot and continue around to the west side of the hospital. There will be a TestNebraska volunteer directing patients to the correct area. Please do not try to enter through the south Emergency Entrance as it is only available to Emergency Vehicles.

About Nemaha County Hospital
Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.


Website: https://nemahacountyhospital.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/

Nemaha County Home Care to Close Doors

Auburn, Nebr. (August 19, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital announced today that due to staffing shortages, it will be closing the doors of the Nemaha County Home Care department after nearly 20 years of service to the community. The closing date will be September 30, 2020.

Nemaha County Home Care became part of the hospital in the early 2000’s providing quality care within the homes of community members. Over the years it has become increasingly difficult to staff the Home Care positions with experienced care providers. For this reason the current Home Care staff recommended the department be closed. The remaining Home Care Staff will continue to be employed by Nemaha County Hospital, working within other areas of the hospital.

The decision to close our home health service was one we did not take lightly, but with some staff retiring and others transitioning to other departments, we realized that we can not continue to provide the quality of care that we demand and our home health patients deserve.

Nemaha County Hospital is taking every step to ensure that the current Home Care patients will still receive the quality care that they deserve. Patients will be given the contact information for the other Home Care Agencies that currently serve the community. Home Care staff will be available throughout the closure to assist patients with any help they may need.

The staff of Nemaha County Home Care wish to express their appreciation for the support from this community. It has been our privilege to provide care to our patients and that responsibility has been taken very seriously. Our goal was to provide our patients with the best care available. We have been awarded national honors that demonstrate achievement of that but, the relationships that have been developed with our patients and their families have been one of our greatest rewards. Again, our thanks for allowing us to be part of the community’s health care team.


About Nemaha County Hospital
Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.


Website: https://nemahacountyhospital.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/

Nemaha County Hospital Participates in National

‘Age-Friendly Health Systems’ Initiative

Auburn, Nebr. (May 21, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital announced today that it is part of a movement to improve health care for older adults, contributing to a goal of 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems becoming age-friendly by 2020. 

As part of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) are helping hospitals and other care settings implement a set of evidence-based interventions specifically designed to improve care for older adults. 

Nemaha County Hospital now joins more than 100 health systems working to make care for older adults even more tailored to patients’ goals and preferences and consistently of high-quality. 

“The Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative is an important part of our overarching vision to provide older adults with the best care possible.” said Marty Fattig, Chief Executive Officer at Nemaha County Hospital. “We have always been on the forefront of patient care, and that’s why we want to participate in this vital effort. We look forward to both sharing our best practices and learning what’s working for others.”

The initiative is based on a series of practices focused on addressing four essential elements of care for older patients: 

  • What Matters: Know and align care with each older adult’s specific health outcome goals and care preferences including, but not limited to, end-of-life care, and across settings of care. 
  • Medication: If medication is necessary, use Age-Friendly medication that do not interfere with What Matters to the older adult, Mobility, or Mentation across settings of care. 
  • Mentation: Prevent, identify, treat, and manage dementia, depression, and delirium across settings of care. 
  • Mobility: Ensure that older adults move safely every day in order to maintain function and do What Matters. 

The Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative was launched in 2017 by The John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and Catholic Health Association of the US, with a commitment to make 20 percent of hospitals and health systems in the United States age-friendly by 2020. For more information, visit www.ihi.org/agefriendly.

About Nemaha County Hospital 

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

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Website: https://nemahacountyhospital.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/ 

Nemaha County Hospital Taking Measures to Manage Coronavirus

Auburn, Nebr. (March 19, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital announced today it is taking further action to handle the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).  Effective immediately, there will be NO visitors allowed in the hospital. The only exception will be 1 adult that is the health care decision maker for the patient and the guardian of a minor patient.  In addition, any potential patients will need to sign in and be pre-screened for the virus at the hospital entrances by hospital employees. 

The pre-screening is an assessment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The patient will be asked if they have come into close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, if they have a fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, lower respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath or coughing, or a sore throat. Patients who answer “no” to all these questions can enter the hospital after using hand sanitizer prior to entering the facility. 

The ER will remain open. Nemaha County Hospital asks that patients call ahead regarding symptoms or recent travel before going to the hospital or emergency room.

“We are implementing this next level of precautions to attempt to flatten the curve of the virus and keep our community safe and healthy,” said Marty Fattig, Chief Executive Officer at Nemaha County Hospital. “We are doing our best to keep everyone informed and updated as this situation progresses but we are asking for the community’s help in making sure these restrictions are followed.”

Nemaha County Hospital recommends the following preventative actions suggested by the CDC: Wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick, and cover your cough or sneeze.

These guidelines will be updated as recommendations are received. 

Visit www.nemahacountyhospital.com for more information.

About Nemaha County Hospital 

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/ 

Nemaha County Hospital Taking Measures to Manage Coronavirus

Auburn, Nebr. (March 10, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital announced today it is taking action to handle the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Effective immediately, visitor restrictions are in place. Anyone entering Nemaha County Hospital will be pre-screened for the virus at the hospital entrances.

The pre-screening is an assessment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The patient will be asked if they have traveled internationally within 14 days of their symptoms starting, if they have come into close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and if they have a fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, lower respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath or coughing, or a sore throat. Patients who answer “no” to all these questions can enter the hospital. 

The ER will remain open. Nemaha County Hospital asks that patients call ahead regarding symptoms or recent travel before going to the hospital or emergency room.

“We are using these precautions as a measured response to unpredictable circumstances,” said Marty Fattig, Chief Executive Officer at Nemaha County Hospital. “We are doing what we can to keep everyone informed and updated as this situation progresses. I want to emphasize that we are asking for restricted visitors at this time.”

Nemaha County Hospital recommends the following preventative actions suggested by the CDC: Wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick, and cover your cough or sneeze.

These guidelines will be updated as recommendations are received. 

Visit www.nemahacountyhospital.com for more information.

About Nemaha County Hospital 

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/ 

Nemaha County Hospital Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

The Chartis Center for Rural Health selects hospitals based on performance

Auburn, Nebr. (February 25, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital today announced that it has been named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.  This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics; Hospital Strength INDEX®, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020.

“We are honored to be acknowledged for the care we provide to the rural community,” said Marty Fattig, Chief Executive Officer.  “Our skilled staff works hard to provide high quality care and patient satisfaction while trying to keep operating costs low and I am proud of the outcomes they achieve.”

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally.

“The Top 100 Critical Access Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It’s a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year’s recipients, but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of The Hospital Strength INDEX,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Top 100 Hospital Resources:

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals as well as the INDEX methodology can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

To learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health or to speak with someone regarding the INDEX and the Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at wbalfour@chartis.com. 

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About Nemaha County Hospital 

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area.  


Website: https://nemahacountyhospital.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/ 

Nemaha County Hospital Home Care Named to Top Agency List

HomeCare Elite selects Top 25 Percent

Auburn, Nebr. (December 4, 2019) – Nemaha County Hospital announced that it has been named a Top Agency in the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

“We’re pleased to recognize Nemaha County Home Care for exemplifying best practice in patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “Nemaha County Hospitals home health professionals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to care quality and the patient experience.”

Marty Fattig, Chief Executive Officer, credits their individual commitment to high standards of practice combined with an organizational culture of caring to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “We are honored to be acknowledged for our quality care. Our skilled staff, combined with personalized care techniques helps deliver superior outcomes allowing us to deliver quality care, every time to our communities,” said Fattig.

“Congratulations to Nemaha County Hospital from all of the staff at DecisionHealth,” said Marci Geipe, product manager at DecisionHealth. “Your leadership and staff have placed a premium on the patient care your agency provides, as showcased by your quality outcome scores. The entire community benefits from the compassion that your staff shows toward your patients, leading to cost savings for the entire healthcare system.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 8,818 agencies considered, 2,207 are recognized on the 2019 HomeCare Elite winners list overall. The entire list of 2019 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About Nemaha County Hospital
Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. 

About ABILITY® Network
ABILITY Network, an Inovalon Company (NASDAQ:INOV), is a leading cloud-based, SaaS information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. The combination of myABILITY and the Inovalon ONE™ Platform creates a vertically integrated cloud-based platform empowering the achievement of real-time value-based care from payers, manufacturers and diagnostics, all the way to the patient’s point of care. For more information, visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to resources@abilitynetwork.com. For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to homecareelite@abilitynetwork.com or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/hce.

About H3.Group
In March 2017, Simplify Compliance LLC announced the merger of DecisionHealth, LLC with existing brands HCPro and HealthLeaders Media, to form the H3.Group! H3.Group, with its three pillars of thought leadership, expertise, and application, provides critical insight, analysis, tools and training to healthcare organizations nationwide empowering today’s healthcare professionals with solution-focused information and intelligence to guide their organizations’ efforts in achieving compliance, financial performance, leadership, and organizational excellence. The creation of the H3.Group comes as healthcare faces an unprecedented period of transition that brings uncertainty and opportunity. As policies and regulations are revisited and payment models changed, the need for clarity, actionable guidance and expert training for all provider settings and functional areas will increase dramatically.

About DecisionHealth
For over 30 years, DecisionHealth, an H3.Group brand, has served as the industry’s leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with brand names such as Home Health Line and Part B News. Our unique blend of award-winning on-staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers and their administrative staffs results in business management advice and operationally focused editorial that has captured the attention of nearly 100,000 home health care professionals and specialty physician practices.

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Nemaha County Hospital Employee Selected for Prestigious Caring Kind Award

Nebraska Hospital Association award given to Barb Jenkins 

Auburn, NE (November 4, 2019) – Nemaha County Hospital is proud to announce that Barb Jenkins has received the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) prestigious The Caring Kind award.  This award was given out at The Caring Kind awards luncheon held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in LaVista, Nebraska on October 18, 2019.

The Caring Kind award has been given to Nebraska’s most caring and compassionate hospital employees for 40 years.  The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with co-workers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.

“Barb Jenkins has been a Phlebotomist at Nemaha County Hospital for 20 years and is known for her cheery disposition and willingness to be part of the team,” said Marty Fattig, Chief Executive Officer.  “We are thrilled that she has been recognized and feel this is a well-deserved award.”

Every Nebraska hospital employee plays a critical role in providing high-quality, cost-effective treatment and ensuring the safety of themselves, their co-workers and patients each and every day.  Barb is a star performer through her dedication to patients and teamwork, ensuring that care is safe, quality-driven and cost effective for consumers, as well as the hospital.

Nemaha County Hospital congratulates Barb Jenkins on being a 2019 The Caring Kind award recipient.

About Nemaha County Hospital 

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area.  


Website: https://nemahacountyhospital.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/ 

Nemaha County Hospital Congratulates Susi VonBergen

Bryan College of Health Sciences Alumni Association selects award recipients

 Auburn, NE (June 20, 2019) –  Nemaha County Hospital is pleased to announce that Susi VonBergen, Director of Quality for the hospital, recently received the 2019 Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding clinical expertise, leadership and achievement from the Bryan College of Health Services Alumni Association.

Each year at their annual celebration, Bryan College of Health Services honors alumni and other school supporters with a variety of awards for their unique services.  The Clinical Excellence awards are given for exemplifying outstanding clinical expertise, leadership and achievement in their chosen field or practice as well as promoting their profession through activities that advance and enhance professionalism.  Susi was nominated by Kermit L. Moore, Chief Operating Officer at Nemaha County Hospital.

  “Susi has been an inspiration to others and made significant impacts to our organization, staff and nursing students,” said Kermit L. Moore.  “She is very deserving of this award because of her significant contributions to the hospital, her dedication to the nursing profession and her loyalty to upholding a standard of excellence.”

After graduation in 1992, Susi began as a staff nurse at Nemaha County Hospital where she repeatedly exceeded patients’ expectations and received recognition from administration and her peers.  She went on to help develop policies for best practices, mentored nursing students, and assisted in the implementation of the hospitals electronic medical record for which the hospital has received national recognition for enhancing patient care for ten consecutive years.  

Susi helped the hospital become the first in the State to receive ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications, an international standard for a quality management system.  These certifications contributed greatly to Nemaha County Hospital receiving the Nebraska Hospital Association Quest for Excellence Award in 2016 and the Rural Provider of Excellence Award in Quality in 2018.  Susi is the Strategic Quality Support System (SQSS) expert and is sought after by other quality directors across the country for her knowledge and expertise.

About Nemaha County Hospital 

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area.  


Website: https://nemahacountyhospital.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NemahaCountyHospital/