You can prevent colon cancer!

Schedule your no-cost consultation in March and receive a $20 token for the Homer Farmers’ Market*

Colon Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in America, but with regular screening colon cancer can often be cure – and even prevented!  Schedule your no-cost colonoscopy consultation with Dr. Greg Hough in March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and receive a free $20 token for the Homer Farmers’ Market.  For normal-risk individuals, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50.

Call (907) 235-0310 today to schedule your consultation!

*There is no charge to the patient, but where possible insurance will be billed. Due to federal regulations, the Farmers’ Market token is only available for preventive screenings.

For more information on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, visit

Making Sense of Medical Decisions

Join South Peninsula Hospital Chief of Staff Giulia Tortora, MD at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus –  533 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30 PM to learn about and discuss using the Five Wishes document to personalize you and your loved ones medical decisions.  Dr. Tortora will discuss living wills & other advance care directives, and decisions around medical power of attorney, end of life care & dementia.

Dr. Tortora and South Peninsula Hospital 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

Homer Steps Up! 2019

The upcoming free community walking challenge – Homer Steps Up! 2019 – is open!  If your business, organization, or group is interested in registering a team  for the chance to win the Homer Steps Up! Trophy, please contact today. Individuals can already join the team “Individual Steppers”, and if your team is already registered, you can enroll at by checking the box next to “Homer Steps Up! 2019”, clicking the “Enroll” button and following the instructions for either logging into your existing account if you participated last year or registering a new account.  Please feel free to email us with any questions at and happy stepping!

Walk with a Doc! Saturday, March 16th

Join Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic Midwife Hayley Walters, CNM at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, March 16th from 9:00 am-10:00 am for Hayley’s brief talk on breast cancer screening & prevention 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.

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. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!

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

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.

Upcoming walk: April 6th  – How’s your gait? – Healthy walking and running posture with Homer Medical Center Physician Assistant Rebecca Plymire, PA-C

Email, 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

The upcoming Living Well Alaska Workshop Series is scheduled for March 6th through April 10th, on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Homer Medical Center.

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!

The next workshops will be on Wednesdays, March 6th – April 10th, 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

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Safe Sitter One-Day Essentials with CPR

As a registered Safe Sitter Teaching Site, South Peninsula Hospital offers the 1-day Essentials with CPR Certification for students in grade 6-8 several times throughout the school year and summer.  The next scheduled course is Friday, March 8th from 9:00am – 4:30pm.  Students will learn safety skills, child care skills including behavior management, first aid skills, choking rescue and CPR for infants and children, as well as important life & business skills.

Registration is required by March 6th, 2019.  The course fee is $50.00, and scholarships are available upon request!  To register, please contact South Peninsula Hospital Health & Wellness at (907) 235-0970 or email us at

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.