Free Speech and Swallowing Screenings during the month of May!

Difficulty swallowing? Can’t quite get the words to come out right? A 15 minute screening for speech, language, swallowing, voice, resonance, or cognitive communication is offered for free in May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Susan Cates-Blackmon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers this screening which is perfect for adults, children and their caregivers who have concerns about a potential speech or swallowing concern.   Whether looking for reassurance or referral for further investigation about your concerns, this brief screening could help identify or resolve problems affecting speech or swallowing.

Call the hospital’s Rehab Department at 235-0370 to arrange your free 15 minute appointment.

Overdose Response Training Offered

South Peninsula Hospital will offer a free training for responding to opioid overdose. Attendees will learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and receive a free Narcan (naloxone) response kit. The training will be Thursday, April 20, from 5:30-6:30pm at the SPH training center and will be presented by Dr. Sarah Spencer, Addiction Medicine Specialist. Naloxone funding provided by State of Alaska Project Hope. Please register in advance at 235-0258.
(Photo attached) Sarah Spencer, DO

Hospital Boot Camp – Register by March 13

South Peninsula Hospital is offering a hospital boot camp in Homer April 7-8 for hospital and physician leaders. Led by Horty, Springer & Mattern Attorneys, this is a don’t-miss event for all hospital leadership positions, and a great reason to visit Homer this spring! Register online by Monday, March 13!

New Chief of Staff at SPH

Rob Downey, MD, is the newly elected 2017 Chief of Staff for the South Peninsula Hospital Medical Staff.  Dr. Downey offers an outpatient functional medicine practice, and is the Infection Prevention/Employee Health Physician and Long Term Care Assistant Medical Director for South Peninsula Hospital.  He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute for Functional Medicine. Downey replaces outgoing chief of staff Dr. Sarah Spencer.

The Chief of Staff elect is Katie Ostrom, MD, OB/GYN, and Secretary/Treasurer is Teresa Johnson, MD, family practice.  In addition to the officers, the Medical Executive Committee includes past chief of staff William Bell, MD, family practice, and Members-At-Large Brent Adcox, MD, orthopedics, and Edson Knapp, MD, radiology.

Birthing Center Scores High Marks from CDC

South Peninsula Hospital received a total score of 94 out of 100 in the 2015 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care Survey.  This is a national survey of infant feeding practices in maternity care settings which is conducted every two years on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the most recent survey released in September for calendar year 2015, South Peninsula Hospital was reporting on practices for 141 births.

The hospital’s total score is an overall quality score that averages their seven sub-scores on care:  labor and delivery care (100); postpartum care (feeding of breasted infants (100), breastfeeding assistance (100), and mother to infant contact (94); discharge care (88); staff training (n/a); and structural/organizational aspects of care delivery (83).  South Peninsula Hospital met or exceeded the averages for sub-scores from reporting facilities in Alaska, and placed in the 91st percentile for total score compared to all facilities nationwide.

For more information see attached state report and visit www.cdc.gov/mpinc or http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/mpinc/index.htm

Dermatology now offered!

Welcome dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, the newest provider offering services through the SPH Specialty Clinic. Dr. Weiss is a board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He offers general medical dermatology, skin cancer evaluation and treatment, and acne treatments.
Dr. Weiss practices at Valley Dermatology in Eagle River. His first clinic is in October.
Please call 357-2800 for more information and to make an appointment.

Welcome Katie Ostrom, Board Certified OB/GYN

Katie Ostrom   Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Katie Ostrom
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology

South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center announce the full time obstetrics and gynecology practice of Katie Ostrom, MD.  Dr. Ostrom attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico.  She practiced for the last ten years in Anchorage, most recently at Alaska Women’s Health, and has offered regularly scheduled clinics in Homer for the last several years.

Katie specializes in women’s health for all ages, offering office visits, in-office procedures and obstetric and gynecological surgical services at the hospital.  She is now accepting new patients at Homer Medical Center.  Call 235-8586 for an appointment.

Hospital seeks proposals for Coffee Vendor

South Peninsula Hospital is accepting proposals for an onsite, exterior coffee vendor at its main facility location at 4300 Bartlett Street.  Proposals are due June 15.  Guidelines and requirements are available here or by contacting Glenn Radeke at 235-0351.

Download the RFP

ATTENTION: PERTUSSIS (WOOPING COUGH) AND THE FLU ARE SPREADING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Pertussis, also called whooping cough, can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing that often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis is a serious, very contagious illness that can even cause death.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Contact your health care provider or the Public Health Center (235-8857) for testing and diagnosis, treatment or immunization options for protecting against these diseases.

Stay informed of important discussions and decisions underway regarding the future of healthcare on the Kenai Peninsula.

Visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough Healthcare Task Force site for information.