Homer Steps Up! 2019

The ongoing free community walking challenge – Homer Steps Up! 2019 ends on Tuesday, May 28th!  You can still enroll and either connect your activity tracker, or even enter your steps for each day throughout the challenge at homerstepsup2019.challengerunner.com if you want to help us reach 100 Million Steps in May – together!

Join us at the Homer Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 1 from 2 – 3 pm where we will find out if we reached our goal as a community, and announce the winners of the individual prizes in each steps total category (3 winners in each category!).  We will also award the winning team in each division (5-24 members and 25+ members) with their Homer Steps Up! traveling trophy!  Bring your friends & family – there will be prizes raffled off to all who enter, whether they were in the challenge or not!

Ryan Smith named CEO of South Peninsula Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Board of Directors of South Peninsula Hospital, Inc., announced Tuesday, May 14, their selection of Ryan Smith for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Smith currently serves as CEO of Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, Wyoming. During his nearly eight years there he successfully created a clinically integrated provider network, oversaw the addition of a 25,000 square foot freestanding medical office building, and markedly improved patient satisfaction and employee engagement.

Prior to Memorial Hospital, Smith was the CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) in Soldotna for five years, during which time he led a $50 million dollar expansion, nearly tripled gross patient revenues, resulting in a positive operating and net income, and negotiated a 10-year hospital lease and operating agreement with the Kenai Peninsula Borough. While at CPH he was the Chair of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, awarded “Grassroots Champion” by the American Hospital Association in 2009, and named Soldotna Chamber of Commerce “Person of the Year” in 2010.

Smith started his healthcare administration career right at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer where he served as Chief Financial Officer from 1996-1998. From 1998 to 2002, he was Chief Financial Officer for Life Point Hospitals, Inc, and served as CFO at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center from 2004-2005.  He spent his first ten years in healthcare with the Hospital Corporation of America, working his way up through several positions to a leadership position in the finance department.

David Groesbeck, SPH Board President, says the board is excited for this opportunity for SPH and the Homer community. “Mr. Smith is a talented CEO. His references speak to extraordinary talents, his record speaks for itself, and his familiarity with Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula will prove invaluable. We are fortunate that his desire to return to Homer aligns perfectly with our organization’s needs and goals. He is a proven leader with the right experience, vision and commitment to lead us forward.”

Smith earned both a BS in Accounting and an MBA from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He will arrive to Homer in August to begin the position full time, but will be involved in upper level administration before then. Noel Rea, named interim CEO in April, will remain on until Smith’s arrival.

Safe Sitter 1-Day with CPR for students entering grades 6-8

The next Safe Sitter 1-Day Essentials with CPR at South Peninsula Hospital is scheduled for Friday, August 9th, 2019 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Registration, including the program fee of $50.00 (scholarships available upon request!) is required by August 5th – please contact wellness@sphosp.org or call the South Peninsula Hospital Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 to register and for more information.  Further details, including class location, will be shared with you upon registration.

Does your 6th-8th grader feel ready to stay home alone, watch their brothers and sisters, or babysit for younger children? Then maybe it’s time for Safe Sitter®. Safe Sitter® is for young teens in grades 6-8 who are ready to learn the skills they need to care for themselves and younger children.

In addition, Safe Sitter® teaches young teens life and business skills, so that they know how to be prepared, be responsible, and be considerate whether they are babysitting or doing odd jobs for family, friends, or neighbors.

You’ll have fun. You’ll learn a lot. And at the end of the day, you can proudly say, “I am a Safe Sitter®!”

Walk with a Doc! Saturday May 18th – Hal Smith, MD

Join us for our last “Walk with a Doc” until September 7th! FREE WALKING PASSES for June, July & August are available at Walk with a Doc! All are welcome Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear from Dr. Hal Smith, who recently retired after nearly 40 years in emergency medicine!

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.

Walk with a Doc is a nationwide 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 walk: September 7th, 2019! 

Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the SPH Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!

Living Well Alaska: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

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.

Put the life back in your life!

Workshops are on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30pm at Homer Medical Center, and a new series begins every two months.  The cost is $40 for the entire six-week series. Contact Living Well Alaska Instructor Michael Tupper, NCMA CPI at (907) 435-3047 for more information, upcoming course dates, and to register. 

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.

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.

As Physician Assistant to Dr. Adcox, Dharti will assist with surgeries, offer clinic visits, and do minor procedures such as fracture reduction, laceration repair, joint injections, casting, and splinting. She will also take call for the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Patel enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain climbing and the great outdoors, and is most looking forward to being a part of a small community where she can get to know her neighbors and patients.  Her arrival greatly expands the capacity of orthopedic care for the community, and should result in shorter wait times for appointments at the clinic.

More information and appointments can be made by calling the SPH Orthopedic Clinic at 235-0310.

Welcome Baby Sequoia Snow; First Baby born at South Peninsula Hospital in 2019!

Sequoia Snow Bettinger was born January 1st, 2019 at 8:00am. She weighed 9 pounds, 3 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Her parents are Allyse and Owen Bettinger.  Sequoia was caught by dad and Dana Whittaker, Certified Nurse Midwife from Homer Medical Center.

Big brother Juneau, mom Allyse and dad Owen welcome baby Sequoia and dozens of gifts!

Ulmer’s:  Breastfeeding supplies, baby toy, baby bathing items, sleeper and other baby goodies.
Homer Shore Store:  Baby first puzzle, teething toy, storage pouch
The Other Book Club: Baby books
Alaska Flower Mill:  New Year’s Baby flower bouquet
Café Cups: $50 gift card
Funny River Quilters:  Baby Quilt
Spenard Builders Supply:  Many items including trashcan, LED lantern and batteries, cleaning supplies, safety drawer and appliance latches and indoor/outdoor thermometer.
The Grog Shop:  A bottle of champagne
The Homer Bookstore:  $25 gift certificate
Sprout Family Services:   Gifts including 2 dvds, receiving blanket, punch card and books
Oodalolly:  True swaddle blanket
Homer’s Jeans:  Smartwool socks and Carhart Overalls
Scott’s Pharmacy:  Shower pouf, candle, shampoo, and bubble bath
SPH Auxiliary:  Several wrapped gifts
Flying Whale Coffee and Gifts:  Teddy bear, booties, hat, toy, child safety lock set, bath set for mom
Captain’s Toy Chest:  Snuggle baby cuddle
Homer Theatre:  Movie, popcorn, and drink passes

Read the Homer News article.

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.

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!

Walk with a Doc is a nationwide 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 walk: February 2nd with SPH Physical Therapist Kristen Rubio, DPT on exercise & chronic pain.

Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the SPH Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!