The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering changes to the South Peninsula Hospital service area boundary. Here is a link to the borough page with the proposal and related items. Thanks to recent substantial public comment from the southern peninsula, the ordinance sponsor has communicated his intention to submit alternatives, and the matter has been postponed until the June 19 Assembly Meeting.…
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Open House this Friday!
At the newly expanded homer medical center open house this friday! The community is invited to meet Joseph Woodin, new CEO of South Peninsula Hospital at an open house at Homer Medical Center on Friday, March 30 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Guests will tour the newly expanded and remodeled clinic, meet several new healthcare providers on staff at Homer Medical, and welcome Mr. Woodin, who took over as the new CEO earlier this month, succeeding long time CEO Robert Letson who retired last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.