Hours change at hospital’s Covid-19 Test and Vaccine Clinic on July 1st

Effective July 1, the hours of operation at South Peninsula Hospital’s Covid-19 Test and Vaccine Clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street will be 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends. PCR Covid-19 testing will be offered at the walk-up clinic, no appointment necessary, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Insurance will be billed for testing. Those uninsured or not using insurance will be charged $50, and can pay at time of service or be billed. Test results will be provided on South Peninsula Hospital’s electronic health portal, and are normally available within 24 hours.

Testing is recommended for individuals experiencing covid-like symptoms, for those with known exposure to an individual who tested positive for Covid-19, for travel requirements, with a provider referral and in advance of medical appointments. In addition to the PCR testing offered at the hospital’s walk-up clinic, free home-test kits are available at the hospital’s main entrance 24/7, at the Homer Chamber of Commerce, and for purchase at numerous local retailers.

Covid-19 vaccinations will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment only, made here. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are available at this location for individuals ages five and over, and boosters are offered to eligible groups as recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as made available by FDA under emergency use authorizations.

In addition to the stand-alone clinic on Bartlett Street, both Covid-19 testing and vaccinations (including those for 6 months and older) are offered by appointment at Homer Medical Center and the hospital’s Family Care Clinic. For more information on SPH Covid-19 services and care, visit our Covid-19 information page.

Healthy in Homer June 2022 – Your Monthly Community Health & Wellness E-Newsletter from SPH Health & Wellness

Hi, Friends. This spring has felt heavy with current events, and collective grief flowing through our community’s foundation is present as we transition into a new season. Summer is in the air and the warmth and greenery sure has felt inviting, grounding, and nourishing as we navigate our hearts and minds towards engaging with this beautiful Alaskan landscape in which we live. I have been finding comfort in the iconic sound of Sandhill cranes flying overhead, the (multitude!) of moose grazing in the field outside my home, and the sight of folks young and old enjoying the outdoors.

Blood Drive in Homer: June 22 & 23, 2022

The Blood Bank of Alaska will be offering a 2-day blood drive in Homer on Wednesday & Thursday, June 22 & 23, 2022 in the Conference Rooms at the Best Western Bidarka Inn (575 Sterling Hwy, Homer) from 10am-5:30pm both days.

To log in and make an appointment:

please visit this link for Wednesday or this link for Thursday.

You can also call the Blood Bank of Alaska to make an appointment at (907) 222-5630.

Click here for instructions on creating a donor profile and scheduling appointments if you don’t already have a donor login for the Blood Bank of Alaska online Donor Portal.

Please bring photo ID, stay hydrated, and eat well on the day of your appointment!

Click here for PDF flyer with links.

Click here for PDF flyer for printing.

Demographics Questionnaire (available on-site at the time of your appointment also)

Parental Consent Form for donors under 18 years of age (also available on-site)

End-of-Challenge Party and Awards for Homer Steps Up! 2022!

The 6th Annual Free Community Walking Challenge “Homer Steps Up! 2022” ends on Saturday, May 28th! Join Homer Steps Up!, our co-sponsors, and Peninsula Independent Living Center for the 2022 Homer Steps Up! End-of-Challenge Party (and last Wellness Walk of the season) on Saturday, June 4th from 9am-10am at SPARC. We will be awarding the winning team with the trophy, announcing if we reached our community goal of 175 Million Steps Together in May or not, and awarding the individual winners of the end-of-challenge cash prizes!
Read the full challenge details at HomerStepsUp.com and on the Homer Steps Up Facebook page!

SPH sponsors Free Community Yoga

SPH will offer free community yoga, on Wednesday evenings at SPARC from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, for four consecutive Wednesdays: March 16th, 23rd & 30th and April 6th.  Anna Raupp RYT, will offer “Yoga For Recovering From the Pandemic – Return to the Love of Life” in this series of classes for individuals of all ages and skill level.

It will explore some basic techniques of Kundalini Yoga to bring about relief and rejuvenation for the total self; mind, body and spirit. Each class will contain accessible breathing exercises, warm-ups, movement sequences, deep relaxation with the symphonic gong and mindfulness exercises designed to lift that deep fatigue and rekindle joy. Each class will have a theme related to releasing stress, strengthening one’s felt sense, and building resilience using kernels of ancient Yogic philosophy as well as current edge scientific theory.

The class will be a floor based practice with a combination of sitting and standing poses.  Please plan to bring your own yoga mat and a cushion to sit on. Accommodations can be made for those who would be better served to perform the practice from a chair.

COVID screening questions will happen at the door and be required for admission. Participants will be spaced 6′ apart and masks are optional but always encouraged. The cost is free. SPARC is on the Sterling Highway next to the Middle School in Homer.

Free Wellness Walks offered in April

South Peninsula Hospital offers free indoor walking and brief health information presentations at their Wellness Walks, the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9-10am at SPARC.

The topic at Saturday April 2nd walk will be Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), and presented by Karen Northrop, PT, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapist and Director at South Peninsula Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department.  SCAD can occur at any age, but most cases occur in otherwise healthy people between the ages of 30 and 50. Northrop will address ways to detect advance warnings of SCAD from your body, in hopes of preventing serious outcomes.

The Saturday April 16th walk will focus on balance, and be hosted by Rich Kleinleder, Physical Therapy Assistant at South Peninsula Hospital Rehab Department. Suitable for all ages, Rich will teach balance activities and structured movement you can easily do at home to improve balance.  

Free blood pressure checks and door prizes are offered at walks. Please bring indoor shoes, and refrain from attending if you are experiencing any covid-like symptoms. Masks are optional. Walks are at SPARC located at 600 Sterling Highway. For more information call SPH Health and Wellness at (907) 235-0285.

South Peninsula Hospital Behavioral Health adds new provider

Vicki Jackson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), has joined the team at South Peninsula Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic. Vicki earned her bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. 

Prior to moving to Homer in October, Vicki worked as a hospice social worker, palliative care mental health therapist and as a therapist at a community mental health center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Vicki grew up in the rural town of Starbuck, WA (population 120) and moved to Homer from Walla Walla, Washington in October.

Vicki is the mother of four children and has one grandson. She enjoys traveling, photography and taking walks, and is delighted at the opportunity to live in Homer and provide mental health services for the residents of the community.   

Vicki is accepting new clients for all types of therapy and counseling needs. Call SPH Behavioral Health at (907) 235-7202 to make an appointment or learn more.

Free COVID-19 Testing offered on the Homer Spit UPDATED INFORMATION

South Peninsula Hospital is offering free COVID-19 testing at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit daily (except Wednesdays) through Saturday, June 13, from 9am-5pm. There is no charge to the individual for testing. This testing is offered only to individuals who fit one of the following criteria:

  • working in critical infrastructure or the fishing industry,
  • have had recent travel out of state,
  • have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19,
  • they have new onset of any symptom related to COVID-19,
  • have a provider referral.

Results should be available within 48 hours via the hospital’s patient portal. No appointments are necessary. Individuals are asked to provide a driver’s license or state I.D., email address, social security number and phone number to register, and show an insurance card if insured. The pavilion is located at the top of ramp two, near the public restrooms at the Homer Harbor.

Additional testing is available 24/7 at the hospital’s main entrance parking lot at 4300 Bartlett Street, Homer. For more information about testing, call the covid nurse at the hospital at 235-0235. For more information on South Peninsula Hospital’s COVID-19 response, contact Derotha Ferraro at (907) 399-6212.

Call before you come in.

In the interest of preventing spread of coronavirus 19, please do not enter any of our facilities if you are experiencing symptoms.  Please call first for instructions.
Long Term Care is now restricting all visitation. Only essential health care staff and pre-approved visitors for end-of-life or other compassionate care situations are permitted to enter the unit.

The Alaska Section of Epidemiology is closely monitoring the rapidly-emerging outbreak of COVID-19 first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, and the United States , including Alaska.

Check here for daily updates from the State of Alaska Department of Health of Social Services (AK DHSS): coronavirus.alaska.gov

Resources for the General Public


Dr. Landess Named Chief of Staff; New board members and officers elected

Christopher Landess, MD, board certified in family medicine and Medical Director of the hospital’s emergency department is the newly elected Chief of Medical Staff, replacing Dr. Giulia Tortora, MD.

South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors welcomes one new director and two returning directors. Long time resident Beth Wythe was appointed in December. Beth served 12 years on the Homer City Council, with four as mayor.  She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and has worked in the Human Resources field for over 30-years.  She currently is the Human Resources and Administrative Services Manager at Homer Electric Association. Beth fills a seat vacated by Lane Chesley, who served on the board for four years, the last three as Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.

Tom Clark and Walter Partridge were re-appointed to the board at the same meeting. Their three-year reappointments are through 2022, as is Wythe’s appointment.

Wythe began her term of service at the January board meeting, at which time officers were elected for the coming year. Thomas Clark was elected President; Walter Partridge Vice President, Melissa Jacobsen Secretary, and Matthew Hambrick Treasurer.

The board of directors meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the hospital’s conference room. The next meeting is Wednesday, February 26th, and the meetings are open to the public. Updates are made on the calendar on the hospital’s website. Additional information on the board and a current roster is at https://www.sphosp.org/about-sph/board-of-directors/