Homeless Connect event planned for Wednesday, January 26

South Peninsula Hospital will partner with two homeless connect events on Wednesday, January 26 to offer services and supplies to the homeless and nearly homeless in the Anchor Point and Homer areas. These events are part of a state and nationwide effort to conduct a point in time count of homeless individuals throughout the country.

This year’s events will run 10am-2pm at the Homer United Methodist Church and the Anchor Point Food Pantry. Numerous services and enrollments will be offered, as well as critical emergency supplies. The supply list includes but is not limited to: backpack, food box, snack bag, personal hygiene kit, comfort care pack, feminine hygiene products, diapers and baby wipes, condoms, pet food, sleeping bags, blankets, tents, utensils, overdose response kits, medication disposal bags, winter gear, laundry vouchers and home covid tests. Covid vaccines will be offered at both locations.  This will be a drive through event for collecting supplies, but some services will be offered in doors and require masking and screening to enter.

This free service is organized by a collaboration of local non-profits, including but not limited to Haven House, South Peninsula Hospital, SVT Health & Wellness, South Peninsula Behavioral Health, Kachemak Bay Family Planning, Homer United Methodist Church, the Homer Food Pantry, NTC Health Clinic and Anchor Point Food Pantry. The committee chair is Cinda Martin. This is the third year the event is offered in Homer, and second year in Anchor Point. This event is organized in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Project Homeless Connect, which has a mission to help individuals and families who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness achieve stability.

Free local taxi rides to the Homer event will be offered by Kostas Taxi by calling 399-8008.  Information is updated on the facebook page Project Homeless Connect Homer.

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Walk with a Doc returns in 2022 as “Wellness Walks”

Bi-monthly Wellness Walks (formerly known as Walk With a Doc) will begin in February at SPARC! Mark your calendars for Saturday February 5th from 9-10AM for a warm, COVID-safe space to get moving in the new year! There will prizes to be won just for attendance, as well as great health information to be shared at our information table.

Wellness Walks will be on the first and third Saturdays of each month and offer a great opportunity to stay active, connect with community, win prizes, and get a dose of health and wellness education!

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

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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/

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Stop the Bleed – Save a Life!

Minutes count! Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 5 minutes. That’s why bleeding control is the purpose of The American College of Surgeons Stop the Bleed training.

So far, over 30 people in our community have been trained to Stop the Bleed, and over 1  million have been trained worldwide! 

Through a Stop the Bleed course, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. The person next to a bleeding victim may be the one who’s most likely to save them.

Opportunities to take this free, one-hour class in Homer will be offered regularly in 2020. Dates will be posted here and on community calendars. Add your name to the list to be contacted for the next class by calling 907-235-0285 or emailing wellness@sphosp.org.

Take the course and become empowered to make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency occurs. Stop the Bleed. Save a Life!

Click here more info about Stop the Bleed.

Click here for the PDF of the Stop the Bleed Booklet!

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes New General Surgeon

South Peninsula Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Larsen, Board Certified General Surgeon, to its Active Medical Staff.

Dr. Larsen attended medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Mississippi and completed his general surgical residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa and James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. Since starting his practice in 2001, he has worked at Buchanan General Hospital in Grundy, Virginia and at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tennessee, where he also served as the Trauma Director. Four years ago, eager to experience the natural beauty of Alaska, Dr. Larsen and his wife Tammie moved to Kodiak, working as a General Surgeon and Trauma Director at Providence Medical Center, while also working short assignments at PeaceHealth in Ketchikan and Sitka Community Hospital in Sitka. This fall, they moved to Homer.

Drawn to the great outdoors, the couple has developed a deep appreciation for the northern landscape and is excited to be living on the road system, which will allow them further exploration of the state they now call home. In addition to his passion for his work and time spent with family, Dr. Larsen enjoys hiking, photography, fishing, playing the guitar, tinkering in auto mechanics and the arts. The couple looks forward to getting to know the community.

Dr. Larsen is available for all types of general surgery at South Peninsula Hospital. He is welcoming new patients at the hospital’s general surgery clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street. Appointments can be made at (907) 235-0310.

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Carol Klamser

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Carol Klamser, DNP, as a new family practice provider at South Peninsula Hospital. She will begin  her practice in the hospital’s specialty clinic at the same building, 4201 Bartlett Street, on Friday, Nov. 15. Appointments with Carol can be made at 235-0310.

Carol earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Forensics from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. She has been a nationally certified  Family Nurse Practitioner and certified as a Physician Assistant since 1990 and has expertise in chronic Hepatitis C management and treatment. “We’re excited to have her on the team, to not only offer primary care to her existing and new patients, but to partner with Dr. Ross Tanner, visiting lipidologist, to expand the diabetes specialty care offered by his clinic” said Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson.

In addition to patient care, Carol loves teaching. She taught in the BSN, MSN, and Nurse Practitioner programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and has been a tenured Associate Professor in the Associate Degree program since 2010 for the College of Health at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She runs the UAA nursing program at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College which includes didactic and clinical rotations at South Peninsula Hospital.

Carol is a leader in clinic, educational, and consulting areas of forensics. She offers consulting on forensic and medical issues to various attorneys in Alaska. She has served on the Forensic Nurse Certification Board, and currently is elected on the IAFN Nominating Committee and the Education Task Force Committee for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, developing educational guidelines for forensic examiners, which was recently published. She currently serves on the State of Alaska Maternal, Infant, and Child Death Review Committee.

No-Cost Childbirth, Breastfeeding & Newborn Care Classes with Homer Medical Center’s West Wing Clinic Midwives

We offer childbirth, newborn care, and breastfeeding classes free of charge on a rotating basis throughout the year.  These classes are all held on Tuesday Evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the South Peninsula Hospital Conference Rooms 1 & 2 (park in the lower parking lot and enter through the double doors by the cafeteria).

Click here for dates, topics & more information on the upcoming Winter 2019 Class Series from November 19th through December 17th with Laura Greet, CNM & Julie McCarron, CNM, Certified Lactation Consultant.

You may bring a coach with you to class, you may bring food, and you may come to all, a few or even just one class!

For more information please contact the West Wing Midwives at (907) 435-3040