Boundary line move postponed until June 19

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.

Feel free to contact Derotha Ferraro at or 235-0397 with any questions you may have. Thank you for your continued support of South Peninsula Hospital.

Homer Steps Up! 2018 End-Of-Challenge Party!

The End-Of-Challenge Party for the Community Walking Challenge – Homer Steps Up! 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd from 1:30-2:30 PM at the Homer Farmers Market! Everyone is strongly encouraged to walk, bike or carpool as parking is limited (and we love walking!).  We will announce individual winners and the winning team will take home the Homer Steps Up Trophy!

We are well on our way to meet the community goal of 100 Million Steps Together!

More info here.

Winners will be announced for:



Prize Drawings in the Following Categories:

&300K+ total steps: Grand Prize of $500 from the SPH Foundation!

&250K-299,999 total steps: 2ND Chance Prize of $250

&200K-249,999 total steps: 3RD Chance Prize of $100

Contact us at (907) 235-0970 or with any questions!

Homer Steps Up! 2018 Last Weekly Drawing on TUESDAY 5/29!

Don’t forget to enter your steps or sync your activity devices before the end of the day Monday 5/28 so that you will be entered in the prize drawings on Tuesday!

More information about the challenge is available here and please contact or (907) 235-0970 with questions or for assistance!  We can help with entering steps!


Living Wills? Power of Attorney? Making Sense of Medical Decisions with Dr. Giulia Tortora

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Giulia Tortora, MD at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus –  533 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM to learn about and discuss living wills & other advance care directives, and decisions around medical power of attorney, end of life care & dementia.

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

This is a free event, all are welcome.


For more information, contact South Peninsula Hospital at (907) 235-0970 or email

Walk with a Doc! This Weekend – Saturday, April 7th


Join South Peninsula Hospital and Edson Knapp, MD at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear a brief talk by Dr. Knapp on breast cancer screenings 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!

Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments!

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.

Upcoming – April 21st Walk with a Doc with Dr. Todd Boling on Weight Loss for Your Health!

Email, or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!

Meet the new hospital CEO at the newly expanded Homer Medical Center

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.

Guest will enjoy prizes, refreshments and the unveiling of a commissioned original piece of art by Marjorie Scholl, donated by the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation. The SPH Auxiliary will be on hand to share plans for exterior beautification.

The clinic expansion was completed by Steiner Construction, under contract with the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The project added 5,584 square feet, including seven new exam rooms, a procedure room, phlebotomy draw room, lab and imaging. The remodel created additional waiting areas in the clinic, a conference room, additional staff break area and additional office space, which allowed the billing office to vacate a leased building and relocate into the newly expanded main facility.

The expansion, publicly funded through South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area general obligation bonds, was necessary to allow for additional practitioners to help address the growing demand for primary care on the southern peninsula. Since the expansion has been completed, three additional providers have started practicing, and one more is expected in July, bringing the total number of providers to 17.

The clinic was started in 1967 by Dr. Paul Eneboe, and is the southern peninsula’s busiest primary care clinic, offering a full scope of family practice treating people through their entire life span, including but not limited to obstetrics, midwifery, pediatrics, well women, general practice, gynecology, gerontology, disease management and more. Homer Medical partnered with South Peninsula Hospital in 2012, and the clinic building was purchased by the Borough in 2015. Homer Medical became a certified Patient Centered Medical Home in 2016 and is currently open six days a week until five, and evenings on Tuesday and Thursdays. Appointments and more information can be found at 235-8586 or

New CEO Selected

Joe Woodin

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.

Tom Clark, chairman of the hospital’s search committee and vice-president of the board of directors, said, “Mr. Woodin offers a blend of visionary leadership with practical, hands-on experience. He has a proven track record as a dynamic leader in healthcare. He is highly motivated, results-oriented and he values community engagement. He is a perfect fit to lead our hospital and organization.”

Woodin was selected from dozens of highly qualified candidates by a search committee comprised of the hospital’s board of directors and representatives from the medical staff, the community-elected service area board and hospital administration. “During his four-day site visit, Mr Woodin immediately connected with the community, the organization and the employees,” Clark said. “We feel fortunate to have him as our next CEO.”

Woodin is a member of the American College of Hospital Executives and a fellow of the Advisory Board Company, which provides accelerated healthcare leadership training for best practices in improving the performance of health care organizations. He holds a Master of Science in Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He will be relocating from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, and is expected to begin by March 26. Woodin succeeds long-time CEO Robert Letson, who announced his retirement last summer.

You Can Prevent Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in America, but with regular screening, colon cancer can often be cured – and even prevented! Schedule your preventative colon cancer screening with Dr. Greg Hough in March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and receive a free $20 token for the Homer Farmers’ Market*.  Screenings are covered at 100% by most insurances.  For normal-risk individuals, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50.


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Get Your Flu Shot

Flu shots are available at Homer Medical Center Monday through Saturday.  Flu shots can be billed to insurance; uninsured individuals are eligible for reduced fees.

Appointments are available now at 235-8586 or through the Patient Portal.  Don’t delay!

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Hospital CEO retires, leaving a decade-long legacy of leadership and dedication

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.

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