Appointments now available for annual Health Fair blood screenings

The 34th annual Rotary Health Fair is set for Saturday, October 28 from 7:30am-1:00pm at the Homer High School.   “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to be Well” is the theme of the fair, sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in cooperation with South Peninsula Hospital.

As part of the health fair, comprehensive blood analysis is available for only $40, a sizeable discount from the average cost of a comparable test. These tests are offered by appointment at the fair, or before the fair at the hospital with the results available for pickup at the fair.  Appointments are offered from October 9-27 in the hospital conference room on the hospital’s lower level. Click here for appointment.

In addition to the basic wellness test, additional tests available for purchase include prostate, thyroid, cardiac, vitamin D and hemoglobin A1C.  Click here for the complete list of tests available.

Hospital CEO to retire next year, leaving a decade-long legacy of leadership and dedication

After nearly a decade at the helm of South Peninsula Hospital, CEO Robert Letson announced his retirement earlier this week. He plans to retire in June 2018. The hospital’s board of directors will begin recruitment efforts for a new CEO immediately.  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.

Matt Hambrick, president of the hospital’s board of directors, said, “We are extremely grateful for Bob’s leadership and dedication over the past 10 years. He led our community hospital to a top-100, five-star level, improving the quality of life for the residents we serve. His vision and commitment put our community hospital on the leading edge of healthcare.”

Letson became the hospital’s chief administrator in March 2008, bringing with him more than 21 years of proven success in not-for-profit hospital management and 13 years with for-profit hospitals. Since then, he has been instrumental in the advancement of hospital services and operations. Under his leadership, South Peninsula Hospital has three times been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the nation, chosen out of 1,300 eligible hospitals based on quality, patient perspective, affordability, market strength and other performance indicators. Additionally, the hospital’s nursing home is rated five-star by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Compare Program based on quality measures, staffing and health inspections.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Safe and Healthy Kids Fair on April 29

The annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair is set for Saturday, April 29 from 10am-2pm at the Homer High School. This is a free, fun event for children from tots to teens to focus on safety, health and wellness. The fair offers more than 30 booths and stations with hands on activities and demonstrations. Loads of door prizes are given away throughout the free fair, including the grand prize giveaways at 1:30pm of a tricycle and bicycles.

A bike rodeo will take place in the school parking lot from 10am-noon. Kids can bring their bikes for a free inspection to get ready for safe, summer fun. Helmets are required, and are available for purchase on site. Free test rides on the drunk-driving simulator ATV cart are offered throughout the day in the parking lot.

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

Farewell and Thank You Dr. Wiest!

Randy Wiest, MD, board certified family practice physician at Homer Medical Center, retired from his medical practice at the clinic. Dr. Wiest practiced here for nearly twenty years, providing care for all stages of life. He was a member of Active Medical Staff at the hospital and provided physician coverage in the Emergency Department and Acute Care units. Thank you, Dr. Wiest, for your service to the community!

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!

Registration now open for Baby Sitting Course for 6th – 8th grade students.

Safe Sitter class will be offered during school spring break on Thursday and Friday, March 16 & 17, 2017. The class is designed for students in 6th – 8th grades and teaches basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aid, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette.

The class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises to prepare students for when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR.

The class will run from 9:00am to 2:30pm both days. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $75 per person; scholarships are available based on need. Space is limited! Please call the hospital’s education department at 235-0258 for more information and to register.

Newby elected chair of SPH Foundation; Cooper steps down after 7 years of service

The South Peninsula Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees elected officers at its annual meeting held Monday, January 9.  Angie Newby was elected chair, Phyllis Cooper – vice chair, Mary Ann Rowe – secretary and Judith Lund – Treasurer.  Cooper was recognized during the meeting by fellow trustees and hospital administration for seven consecutive years as Foundation Chair.

The Foundation is a non-profit, charitable and fundraising foundation which supports the community health care mission of South Peninsula Hospital.  In addition to awarding five scholarships annually to local residents pursuing C.N.A. certification and allied health degrees, the foundation supports capital purchases and special projects, including support for diabetes education for uninsured patients.  Tax deductible donations can be made by mail to SPHFI, PO Box 2548, Homer, or through the Pick-Click-Give program when enrolling for the PFD.

The next Foundation meeting is Monday, April 24 at 3:30pm in the hospital’s conference room and is open to the public. Click here for more information on the SPH Foundation.

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.

Welcome Baby Everest!

Everest Reutov was the first baby born at South Peninsula Hospital in 2017.  Born Wednesday, January 4, at 8:15am to Kcenia and David Reutov of Homer, Everest was born a healthy seven pounds 10 ounces and 20 inches long.  Their due date wasn’t until much later in January, so this was a happy surprise for the couple to have the honor of first-baby of the year.  Although he is the first baby born at the hospital this year, Everest is certainly not the first child in the family, nor the first one born at the start of a new year.  One of seven children in the Reutov family, Everest is one of five born at South Peninsula Hospital and his sister was born January 1, 2005, in Kodiak.  She was not officially the first baby of the year there, however, as that honor went to another baby, born just one hour earlier.

SPH now offers telemedicine that saves time, and lives

Staff nurses Peggy Frazier, Nicole Reynolds, Haylee Bradshaw and Grace Halsted train on tele-stroke equipment and supplies.

Every minute counts when someone is experiencing stroke symptoms.  And now, South Peninsula Hospital offers web-based telemedicine to allow a consulting neurologist to get their eyes on a patient within minutes of their arrival to the Emergency Room.

Offered through the telehealth program at Providence Alaska Medical Center, tele-stroke uses an electronic internet platform and portable equipment to connect stroke patients and the hospital’s ER doctors with a neurologist in Anchorage or Seattle. Using extremely high definition camera, the consulting neurologist can talk to the patient in Homer about their symptoms, evaluate the patient’s motor skills, view their CT scan, make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

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

SPH Welcomes New Pulmonologist

SPH Welcomes New Pulmonologist

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Marek Martynowicz, MD, to the specialty clinic provider staff.  His special medical expertise is in the management of interstitial lung diseases and special bronchoscopic techniques. He currently practicing at Internal Medicine Associates in Anchorage.

Dr. Martynowicz will be providing monthly outpatient clinics at the SPH Specialty Clinic on Bartlett Street, and provide inpatient rounding and consults as requested. His first scheduled clinic in Homer is December 15 and 16.  Call the Specialty Clinic at 235-0310 for an appointment or more information.

Health Needs Assessment Complete

MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, our community coalition working together to improve community health, will release the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment at the upcoming MAPP quarterly meeting on December 9.  The meeting takes place at the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College in Homer, and starts at 9am. It is open to the public.

MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) is a model for community visioning, conducting health assessments, and implementing health improvement plans.  The assessment can be found online at www.mappofskp.net.

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 Home Christy (Walkden) Martinez, MD

Christy Martinez, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine is the newest member of the medical staff at South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center.  Better known to local residents by her maiden name Walkden, Christy was born at South Peninsula Hospital, raised in Homer, and graduated from Homer High School in 2001.

Dr. Martinez attended University of Washington Medical School and completed her residency…

Welcome Drs. Renda and Edson Knapp, our newest Radiologist and Gynecologist

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new radiologist Edson Knapp, MD, and his wife, gynecologist Renda Knapp, MD to the hospital’s medical staff and the community. Both received their medical degree at University of South Florida, and practiced medicine in Florida and most recently in Tennessee.

Free Sports Physicals – ONE DAY ONLY!

Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities.  The clinic will be from9am-2pm on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Homer Medical Center on Bartlett Street.  Exams…

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 for testing and diagnosis, treatment or immunization options for protecting against these diseases.

Homer Public Health at 195 E. Bunnell Avenue, Ste C, is hosting an Immunization Drive Aril 4-8.  Call 235-8857 to set your appointment.

Living Life to Its Fullest: with arthritis or a repetitive motion injury

Sarah Bollwitt, OTR/L and Jacquelyn Forster, OTR/L  will present and discuss on causes, risk factors, treatment and management of arthritis and repetitive motion injuries.…

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.

Hospital welcomes new and renewing board members; announces officers and new chief of staff

South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors welcomes a new board member and re-appoints three.  Lane Chesley was appointed in January to serve for one year in a vacated seat, and Vickey Hodnik, DDS, Matt Hambrick, and David Groesbeck were…

Functional Medicine Clinic Now Open

Rob Downey, MD
South Peninsula Hospital and Rob Downey, MD, invite the public to an Open House of the Functional Medicine Clinic on Thursday, January 7 from 11am – 7pm at 203 West Pioneer Avenue, suite 3.
Dr. Downey’s practice…

Specialty Clinic Calendar

You can view the Specialty Clinic Schedule through our online calendar or you may print a copy of the current schedule for December 2015 through December 2016.
Click here to print the Specialty Clinic Calendar

Homer Medical offers high school Sports Physicals Year Round at discounted rate!

The Alaska School Activities Association requires a sports physical for high school students to participate in organized athletics and activities. In lieu of the one day sports physical clinic event this year, local clinics now offer sports physicals year round…

Welcome Teresa K. Johnson, MD to Homer Medical Center

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Teresa K. Johnson, MD, a board-certified family practice physician to its active medical staff.  Dr. Johnson attended medical school at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine, and completed her residency at the University of Kansas…

Greg Hough, MD, now offering Surgical Services

Greg Hough, MD, provides a full range of surgical services, including the most current of minimally invasive procedures and advanced laparoscopic procedures.  He offers consult and surgery for conditions involving the breast, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, colon, liver, pancreas and…

Ebola Update

Update from South Peninsula Hospital  Oct. 19, 2014
Although South Peninsula Hospital has not yet treated anyone who falls into the risk category for Ebola, when needed we will utilize the screening criteria for patient isolation as set forth by…

SPH Named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital out of more than 1,300 critical access hospitals nationwide in 2013. This marks the third time in as many years to receive this designation.
The top 100 critical access…

Orthopedic Care Offered

Dr. Adcox relocated from Texas where he has been practicing orthopedics for nearly 10 years. He received a bachelor’s and master’s of science in biology from Texas Tech University, and earned his doctor of medicine degree at the University of…

Diabetes Education Now Offered

A referral is required.  Diabetes education is covered by many insurance programs.
For more information or to register, call 235-0369 or 235-0320.…

Completing the Hospital Expansion

In a special mail-in election the service area voters approved issuing $14.7 million in bonds to complete the next phase of the expansion. The bid for this final phase was awarded to Jay Brandt Construction, and work began in June…