Walk with a Doc – Saturday, March 17th

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Giulia Tortora, MD at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear a brief talk by Dr. Tortora on general health concerns and spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting & asking any other 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! Read more

New CEO Selected

Joe Woodin

The South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors announces the selection of Joseph “Joe” Woodin for the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Woodin has 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, most recently as President and CEO at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, a 26-bed critical access hospital and 62-bed nursing and rehab center in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Prior to this, Woodin spent 17 years as President and CEO at Gifford Health Care and Gifford Medical Center in Vermont. Gifford includes a 25-bed critical access hospital with extensive ancillary services, senior living communities and seven clinics located throughout the state of Vermont.

Tom Clark, chairman of the hospital’s search committee and vice-president of the board of directors, said, “Mr. Woodin offers a blend of visionary leadership with practical, hands-on experience. He has a proven track record as a dynamic leader in healthcare. He is highly motivated, results-oriented and he values community engagement. He is a perfect fit to lead our hospital and organization.”

Woodin was selected from dozens of highly qualified candidates by a search committee comprised of the hospital’s board of directors and representatives from the medical staff, the community-elected service area board and hospital administration. “During his four-day site visit, Mr Woodin immediately connected with the community, the organization and the employees,” Clark said. “We feel fortunate to have him as our next CEO.”

Woodin is a member of the American College of Hospital Executives and a fellow of the Advisory Board Company, which provides accelerated healthcare leadership training for best practices in improving the performance of health care organizations. He holds a Master of Science in Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He will be relocating from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, and is expected to begin by March 26. Woodin succeeds long-time CEO Robert Letson, who announced his retirement last summer.

You Can Prevent Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in America, but with regular screening, colon cancer can often be cured – and even prevented! Schedule your preventative colon cancer screening with Dr. Greg Hough in March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and receive a free $20 token for the Homer Farmers’ Market*.  Screenings are covered at 100% by most insurances.  For normal-risk individuals, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50.


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Safe Sitter Course – Friday March 16th

The next Safe Sitter One-Day Essentials with CPR is scheduled for  Friday, March 16th, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Preregistration is required by March 15th, email wellness@sphosp.org or call (907) 235-0970 to register or for more information. Read more

Get Your Flu Shot

Flu shots are available at Homer Medical Center Monday through Saturday.  Flu shots can be billed to insurance; uninsured individuals are eligible for reduced fees.

Appointments are available now at 235-8586 or through the Patient Portal.  Don’t delay!

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Hospital CEO retires, leaving a decade-long legacy of leadership and dedication

After nearly a decade at the helm of South Peninsula Hospital, CEO Robert Letson retired in December, 2017.

As CEO, Letson is credited with numerous organization achievements, including improved financial performance, the addition and expansion of outpatient clinics and services, the inclusion of primary care, and the successful recruitment and retention of 26 new physicians.

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Dr. Ostrom offers new procedures at Homer Medical Center

Katie Ostrom, MD, OB/GYN at Homer Medical Center, now performs laser therapy as a painless alternative to using hormone therapy for vaginal restoration. The laser treatment stimulates the production of collagen in the vaginal tissue, improving the treated area’s functionality and restoring the proper balance to the mucous membrane.

This procedure can cure many of the uncomfortable conditions resulting from menopause or childbirth, allowing women to fully enjoy their postmenopausal and post-childbearing years. Treatable discomforts commonly include dryness, incontinence, burning, painful intercourse and laxity.

Laser therapy is the most effective treatment for these conditions without the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery. Visit www.homerobgyn.com for more information or call 235-8586 to make an appointment.

Welcome New Certified Nurse Midwife

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Dana Whittaker, Certified Nurse Midwife, to the women’s health team at Homer Medical Center’s West Wing.  Whittaker, Certified Nurse Midwife and Advanced Nurse Practitioner, received her nursing degree from Weber State University and her masters from Frontier Nursing University.  She became a Certified Direct Entry Midwife in Alaska after attending Seattle Midwifery School where she specialized in home births. She has been a nurse at South Peninsula Hospital for 12 years, was in private practice for four years, and interned at Alaska Native Medical Center, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and at HMC West Wing.

Dana has been delivering babies for over 25 years and has worked in clinics and hospitals in the West Indies, West Africa and Senegal.  She treats delivery as a normal, physiological birth, and enjoys sharing the evidence that supports natural deliveries while supporting women’s choice.

For an appointment or to learn more about midwifery, well woman and newborn care at Homer Medical Center’s West Wing, call 435-3040, or visit homermedical.org

City takes the trophy in Homer Steps Up Challenge!

The City of Homer won the trophy in the first ever inter-agency steps challenge, sponsored by South Peninsula Hospital.

Agency # of Participants Cumulative Average High Steppers
City of Homer 32 participants 337,571 Todd Cook: 609,797 steps
SPH 115 participants 311,239d Kristen Churchill: 640,707
The Center 22 participants 309,152 Laurie Heckert: 745,484
SVT Health & Wellness 15 participants 287,108 Monica Anderson: 453,614

Top stepper of the challenge was Laurie Heckert: 745,484.

Nearly 200 people participated in the challenge, organized by South Peninsula Hospital between lead health organizations in the community during the month of May.  The individual participant goal was 7,500 steps each day. The individual with the most steps won $250, and those who walk a minimum of 166,067 total steps were entered into a drawing for a $1,000 cash prize, donated by the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

The hospital plans to get even more teams involved next year, and offer an individual category.

A Day of Mindfulness Offered

Jerry Braza, PhD, will offer a one day Mindfulness training on Saturday, May 13, from 10am – 4pm at Many Rivers.  The morning session includes guided mindfulness practice and a mindful walk. The afternoon includes deep relaxation, mindful contemplation, mindful movements and practices for home.  No prior experience is needed. Braza is a leading voice in the field of health education and mindfulness, former university professor and author of two books on the subject.

People can register for half or full day training. A sliding scale registration fee is offered and range from $20-$30 for the half day, and $30-$60 for the full day.   Contact 235-0258 to register.