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Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) Alternative Pain Therapy

Although there are many causes of back pain, one of the more common is facet arthritis. The facet joint provides stability to the vertebral column of the back and the facets in the lower back often develop debilitating back pain. One might experience pain with rising from a sitting position or from riding in a car.…

Wildfire Smoke and your Health

Here are a few tips for your health as the southern peninsula gets more smoke from the Swan Lake fire:
The biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis.…

Sports Physicals Day at Homer Medical Center

Homer Medical Center is offering free sports physicals at a one-day clinic on Saturday, July 20, 2019 for high school students who need a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities.  Appointments are not required, and exams are offered from 10am-4pm at the Homer Medical Center clinic on Bartlett Street.  Exams are offered free of charge by providers from Homer Medical Center.

Parents are asked to complete the History Form and if applicable the Special Needs Supplemental form and bring this entire document with them to the clinic.
Pre-participation exam form (PDF)

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Dharti Patel, Certified Orthopedics Physician Assistant

South Peninsula Hospital Orthopedics and the office of Brent Adcox, MD, welcome Dharti Patel, Physician Assistant, to their care team. Patel moved to Homer this month from New York City, where she was a hand & wrist orthopedic PA at New York Hand and Wrist Center of Lennox Hill Hospital. Prior to that she worked for five years at Mount Sinai Hospital as an orthopedic PA.  She is a graduate of St. Johns University in New York.

Free Diabetes Screening

Happy New Year From Homer Medical Center!

 

Homer Medical is helping you start the year off well with a free Diabetes Screening for patients without current diabetes diagnosis.

This includes:

  • Point of Care diabetes screening blood test (HbA1C)
  • 30 minute visit with PeggyEllen Kleinleder, RN, Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator
  • Consult to review the test results
  • Diabetes education on healthy eating for prediabetes, diabetes and diabetes prevention
  • Blood pressure check
  • Free take-home materials.

Daytime and evening appointments are available! Call 235-8586. And don’t delay, as this offer is good only for the month of January. It is free, and no insurance is required.

Living Well Alaska – NEW DATES!

The upcoming Living Well Alaska Workshop Series has been postponed one week – great news for you if you haven’t signed up yet and want to!

Living Well Alaska is a six-session weekly workshop for adults with 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.

Put the life back in your life!

The next workshops will be on Wednesdays, January 16 – February 20, 2019 from 4:30-6:30pm at Homer Medical Center.  The cost is $10 for the entire six-week series. For more information and to register, please call the SPH Health & Wellness Department 235-0285 or email wellness@sphosp.org.

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South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new oncologist

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Darren Mullins, MD, Board Certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine to their medical staff.

Dr. Mullins received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from the University of Alabama where he also completed medical school. Dr. Mullins completed the Internal Medicine Residency at the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine in 1994 and went on to complete his Medical Oncology Fellowship training at the University Of Virginia Health Sciences Center.

Congratulations Hal Smith, MD

After 32 years of practicing emergency medicine in Homer, Harold “Hal” Smith, MD, retired in September from South Peninsula Hospital.

During most of his time at SPH he served as the Medical Director of the hospital’s Emergency Department, serving as the champion for systems development, recruitment and advancing practices.  Examples of recent improvements was supporting the tele-connection to Kachemak Emergency Services ambulances for in-field connection to patient vitals and health data to better prepare the emergency department for their arrival, and the adoption of tele-stroke, web-based telemedicine which allows a consulting neurologist to get their eyes on a patient within minutes of their arrival to the Emergency Room.