Entries by Maggie Wyatt

You can prevent colon cancer!

Schedule your no-cost consultation in March and receive a $20 token for the Homer Farmers’ Market*

Colon Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in America, but with regular screening colon cancer can often be cure – and even prevented!  Schedule your no-cost colonoscopy consultation with Dr. Greg Hough in March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and receive a free $20 token for the Homer Farmers’ Market.  For normal-risk individuals, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50.

Call (907) 235-0310 today to schedule your consultation!

Making Sense of Medical Decisions

Join South Peninsula Hospital Chief of Staff Giulia Tortora, MD at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus –  533 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30 PM to learn about and discuss using the Five Wishes document to personalize you and your loved ones medical decisions.  Dr. Tortora will discuss living wills & other advance care directives, and decisions around medical power of attorney, end of life care & dementia.

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

This is a free event, all are welcome.

Homer Steps Up! 2019

The upcoming free community walking challenge – Homer Steps Up! 2019 is open!  If your business, organization, or group is interested in registering a team  for the chance to win the Homer Steps Up! Trophy, please contact wellness@sphosp.org today. Individuals can already join the team “Individual Steppers”, and if your team is already registered, you can enroll at homerstepsup2019.challengerunner.com by checking the box next to “Homer Steps Up! 2019”, clicking the “Enroll” button and following the instructions for either logging into your existing account if you participated last year or registering a new account.  Please feel free to email us with any questions at wellness@sphosp.org and happy stepping!

Walk with a Doc! Saturday, March 16th

Join Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic Midwife Hayley Walters, CNM at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, March 16th from 9:00 am-10:00 am for Hayley’s brief talk on breast cancer screening & prevention 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.

Living Well Alaska: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

The upcoming Living Well Alaska Workshop Series is scheduled for March 6th through April 10th, on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Homer Medical Center.

Living Well Alaska is a six-session weekly workshop for adults with all kinds of ongoing health conditions and their family or caregivers.  Developed by Stanford University and endorsed by the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Living Well workshops help you take control of your ongoing health condition, rather than letting it control you.

Safe Sitter One-Day Essentials with CPR

As a registered Safe Sitter Teaching Site, South Peninsula Hospital offers the 1-day Essentials with CPR Certification for students in grade 6-8 several times throughout the school year and summer.  The next scheduled course is Friday, March 8th from 9:00am – 4:30pm.  Students will learn safety skills, child care skills including behavior management, first aid skills, choking rescue and CPR for infants and children, as well as important life & business skills.

Registration is required by March 6th, 2019.  The course fee is $50.00, and scholarships are available upon request!  To register, please contact South Peninsula Hospital Health & Wellness at (907) 235-0970 or email us at wellness@sphosp.org.

Delayed Billing Available for Federal Employees

Federal employees affected by the government shutdown are eligible to suspend their payments on medical care at South Peninsula Hospital and hospital owned clinics for the duration of the shutdown.  To delay their payments, the employee must contact the hospital financial assistance office at 235-0218 or 235-0298 and request their billing and statement be put on hold. This offer applies to payment plan accounts, statements and billing for hospital, clinic and physician charges, and these accounts will not be subject to penalty or interest charges during the suspended time.  Questions can be directed to the financial assistance office at the numbers above.

Walk with a Doc! Seasonal Affective Disorder – what it is and ways to cope, with Bobbi Cleary, MSCP, LPC

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Homer private practice counselor Bobbi Cleary, MSCP, LPC at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, January 19th from 9:00 am-10:00 am for Bobbi’s brief talk on Seasonal Affective Disorder – what it is and ways to cope with it 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!