Welcome Chris Landess, MD

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Christopher Landess, MD, to the medical staff and Emergency Department. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, specializing in Emergency Medicine.

Landess recently moved to Homer from Knoxville, Tennessee, though not a stranger to Alaska. He was raised in Sterling, and is excited about the opportunity to return home to share and explore the great land with his wife and teenage son.

Dr. Landess started his career in medicine as a Medical Sergeant in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He earned his medical degree at East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and his Physician Executive MBA at University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Business.  He completed his family practice and surgical residencies at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and Johnson City Medical Center, and has been practicing for 20 years in Virginia and Tennessee.  For the last six years, he was the Regional Medical Director for Team Health in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dr. Landess will be taking over as Medical Director of the emergency department in September, replacing Hal Smith, MD, who held the title for 31 years.

Free Sports Physicals for High School Students

One Day Only – Saturday, July 21st

Homer Medical Center is offering free sports physicals at a one-day clinic on Saturday, July 21, 2018 for high school students who need a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities.  Appointments are not required, and exams are offered from 10am-4pm at the Homer Medical Center clinic on Bartlett Street.  Exams are offered free of charge by providers from Homer Medical Center.

Parents are asked to complete page one and two of the exam form prior to presenting at the clinic.
Pre-participation exam form (PDF)
Pre-participation exam form-Special Needs (PDF)

All students must bring or wear loose fitting shorts for the screening.

If students are unable to attend, they can make an appointment for an annual wellness exam and a sports physical form will be filled out as part of the wellness exam. In most cases this would be at no cost to a patient with insurance.  Those without insurance and who do not make the free sports physical day can make a sports physical appointment on a regular clinic day at a cost of $52.00 less a 25% discount for a total of $39.00 to be paid at time of service.

Please contact Homer Medical Center at 235-8586 for additional information.

Boundary Lines to be decided at the Ballot Box

The KPB Assembly adopted ordinance 2018-16 that moves the north boundary line of the South Kenai Peninsula hospital service area to Barbara drive (midway point) and changes the south line to include the south side of Kachemak Bay which currently is not in the service area, subject to voter approval in the fall 2018.  (The substitute ordinance excludes the City of Seldovia to better ensure the passage of this ordinance, since a first class city they alone could control the outcome of the public vote this fall.)

The financial impact to the service area as a whole is an additional gain of $2,195, and adoption of this would actually slightly reduce the mil rate for the remainder of the service area from 2.3 to 2.299. Click here for the complete financial impact, history of patient use, maps and additional information.

The SKPH Service Area Board passed a resolution to support the proposed substitute ordinance.  The SPH administration is relieved that the substitute ordinance addressed most of the concerns they had with the original ordinance proposed in April: our relationship with the Ninilchik clinic is preserved; the community of Ninilchik maintains local access to care; the new boundary line locations seem to have actual reason (rather than randomly drawn or by special interest of a few); and funding for the existing service area needs and financial support for South Peninsula Hospital will not be negatively impacted.  Though SPH is not eager to change the service area boundaries at this time (the process is flawed, the intents are questionable, and this will be a loss of oil and gas tax revenues to the borough), the ordinance adopted is more reasonable than the original, but only if the re-drawing of boundary lines will be put to rest and we no longer revisit this every few years.

Additional information on this ordinance can be found on the borough website. Feel free to contact Derotha Ferraro, Director of Public Relations, at dbf@sphosp.org or 235-0397 with any questions you may have. Thank you for your continued support of South Peninsula Hospital.

Next Walk with a Doc – August 4th with Larry Lawson, MD – Respiratory Cancers: Prevention and New Treatment Options

Did you know that lung and tracheal cancers are the leading cause of cancer deaths on the Southern Kenai Peninsula? Join South Peninsula Hospital at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc” with Larry Lawson, MD, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at South Peninsula Hospital. Come at 9:00 AM on Saturday, August 4th to hear Dr. Lawson’s brief talk on respiratory cancers, including prevention and new treatment options. Spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting & asking any questions. This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities! There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot.

Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!

Walk with a Doc is a nationwide walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments!

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.

Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!

Upcoming Safe Sitter – Two Half Days! June 28th & 29th

The next Safe Sitter course is scheduled for June 28th & 29th at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm on both days. Students must attend both days to complete the program. The program free is $50. Please contact (907) 235-0970 or wellness@sphosp.org to register!

Safe Sitter is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. This instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR!

Learn more at safesitter.org.

Thank you, Homer! Community Walking Challenge Results:

More than 90 million steps taken in community-wide steps challenge

Over $3,000 in cash and merchandise prizes were awarded to winners in the 1st annual community wide steps challenge at the event-wrap up party on Saturday, June 2 at the Homer Farmers Market.

The City of Homer retained team bragging rights, ending the month long challenge with 349,443 total steps taken. The City won last year’s challenge, which was an invitational among four local agencies, and took the trophy in this year’s expanded event among 18 total teams.

435 participants enrolled in the event, taking a grand total of 90,214,266 steps in the month of May.

Above and Beyond Stepper award of $500 went to Christopher Stillford, for walking 2,311,539 steps. The High Stepper Award of $500 went to Deb Anderson for walking 1,184,334 steps. The Grand Prize, $500 donated by the SPH Foundation, was a random drawing prize of the 128 participants who exceeded 300,000 total steps. Tara Hammond won with 1,116,519 steps.  2nd Place, $250 donated by Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware, was a warded to Teresa Sundmark by random drawing out of 42 participants stepping 250,00 – 299,999. 3rd place, $100, went to Alexis E., drawn out of 35 participants stepping 200,000 and 249,999.  Weekly prizes were awarded to high steppers in various categories.

The community wide steps challenge is organized by the SPH Health and Wellness department, in cooperation with wellness representatives from The Center, SVT Health and Wellness, the City of Homer, and SPARC. It was made possible by generous donations from these and other local businesses, and a $500 grant from South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, a non-profit charitable institution dedicated to the welfare of the people of the southern Kenai Peninsula and supporting the healthcare mission of South Peninsula Hospital.

See the Homer Steps Up! 2018 Page for a complete list of winners, prizes and donors.

Next Walk with a Doc – Saturday, June 16th with Dr. Paula Godfrey!

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Paula Godfrey, DO at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, June 16th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear a brief talk by Dr. Godfrey on locating and using an AED in an emergency and spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting & asking any questions. This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities! There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!

Walk with a Doc is a nationwide walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments!

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.

Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!

Homer Steps Up! 2018 Last Weekly Drawing on TUESDAY 5/29!

Don’t forget to enter your steps or sync your activity devices before the end of the day Monday 5/28 so that you will be entered in the prize drawings on Tuesday!

More information about the challenge is available here and please contact wellness@sphosp.org or (907) 235-0970 with questions or for assistance!  We can help with entering steps!

 

Living Wills? Power of Attorney? Making Sense of Medical Decisions with Dr. Giulia Tortora

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Giulia Tortora, MD at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus –  533 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM to learn about and discuss living wills & other advance care directives, and decisions around medical power of attorney, end of life care & dementia.

Dr. Tortora and SPH social workers will be available to answer your questions and provide & recommend resources to help.

This is a free event, all are welcome.

 

For more information, contact South Peninsula Hospital at (907) 235-0970 or email wellness@sphosp.org

Walk with a Doc! This Weekend – Saturday, April 7th

 

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Edson Knapp, MD at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear a brief talk by Dr. Knapp on breast cancer screenings and spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting & asking any questions. This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities! There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!

Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments!

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.

Upcoming – April 21st Walk with a Doc with Dr. Todd Boling on Weight Loss for Your Health!

Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!