SPH now offers telemedicine that saves time, and lives

Staff nurses Peggy Frazier, Nicole Reynolds, Haylee Bradshaw and Grace Halsted train on tele-stroke equipment and supplies.

Every minute counts when someone is experiencing stroke symptoms.  And now, South Peninsula Hospital offers web-based telemedicine to allow a consulting neurologist to get their eyes on a patient within minutes of their arrival to the Emergency Room.

Offered through the telehealth program at Providence Alaska Medical Center, tele-stroke uses an electronic internet platform and portable equipment to connect stroke patients and the hospital’s ER doctors with a neurologist in Anchorage or Seattle. Using extremely high definition camera, the consulting neurologist can talk to the patient in Homer about their symptoms, evaluate the patient’s motor skills, view their CT scan, make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States and time is very important when treating a stroke. A victim who is treated within three hours of a stroke has a significantly lower risk of permanent brain damage or death than one who waits for treatment.

Tele-stroke joins electronic-ICU as recent forms of telehealth offered at South Peninsula Hospital, allowing for more advanced care while keeping residents close to home.

SPH Welcomes New Pulmonologist

SPH Welcomes New Pulmonologist

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Marek Martynowicz, MD, to the specialty clinic provider staff.  His special medical expertise is in the management of interstitial lung diseases and special bronchoscopic techniques. He currently practicing at Internal Medicine Associates in Anchorage.

Dr. Martynowicz attended medical school at the Silesian Medical Academy in Katowice, Poland. He completed his post-doctoral research fellowship at the Samuel Stratton Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and the Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He did his residency training at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York and served as the chief resident.  He completed fellowships in both pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and recently became board certified in sleep medicine.

Dr. Martynowicz will be providing monthly outpatient clinics at the SPH Specialty Clinic on Bartlett Street, and provide inpatient rounding and consults as requested. His first scheduled clinic in Homer is December 15 and 16.  Call the Specialty Clinic at 235-0310 for an appointment or more information.

Health Needs Assessment Complete

MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, our community coalition working together to improve community health, will release the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment at the upcoming MAPP quarterly meeting on December 9.  The meeting takes place at the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College in Homer, and starts at 9am. It is open to the public.

MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) is a model for community visioning, conducting health assessments, and implementing health improvement plans.  The assessment can be found online at www.mappofskp.net.

Welcome Home Christy (Walkden) Martinez, MD

Welcome Home Christy (Walkden) Martinez, MD

Welcome Home Christy (Walkden) Martinez, MD

Christy Martinez, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine is the newest member of the medical staff at South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center.  Better known to local residents by her maiden name Walkden, Christy was born at South Peninsula Hospital, raised in Homer, and graduated from Homer High School in 2001.

Dr. Martinez attended University of Washington Medical School and completed her residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California.  She is practicing the full spectrum of family medicine at Homer Medical Center, but enjoys adolescent health care and has additional training in chemical dependencies and substance abuse.  She, her husband and 4 month old son moved to Homer this summer to be closer to her parents and siblings, particularly her sister Ivy Betts, RN, who is the department manager of the hospital’s Home Health services.

Appointments can be made with Dr. Martinez at Homer Medical Center at 235-8586.

Welcome Drs. Renda and Edson Knapp, our newest Radiologist and Gynecologist

Welcome Drs. Renda and Edson Knapp, our newest Radiologist and Gynecologist

Welcome Drs. Renda and Edson Knapp, our newest Radiologist and Gynecologist

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new radiologist Edson Knapp, MD, and his wife, gynecologist Renda Knapp, MD to the hospital’s medical staff and the community. Both received their medical degree at University of South Florida, and practiced medicine in Florida and most recently in Tennessee.

Renda is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She handles high-risk obstetrics, treats menopause, offers gynecology surgeries, treats women with urinary and bladder problems and provides general OB/GYN care. She is now seeing new patients at Homer Medical Center.

Edson is Board Certified in Radiology and Fellowship Trained in Oncologic Imaging and Interventional Radiology. As one of two staff radiologists, he offers support for other physicians for diagnostic imaging. He also provides minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatments including but not limited to steroid injections, biopsies, and specialty procedures like kyphoplasty, which is the surgical filling of an injured or collapsed vertebra.

The Knapps and four of their children recently relocated to Homer from Tennessee.

Welcome Katie Ostrom, Board Certified OB/GYN

Katie Ostrom   Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Katie Ostrom
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology

South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center announce the full time obstetrics and gynecology practice of Katie Ostrom, MD.  Dr. Ostrom attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico.  She practiced for the last ten years in Anchorage, most recently at Alaska Women’s Health, and has offered regularly scheduled clinics in Homer for the last several years.

Katie specializes in women’s health for all ages, offering office visits, in-office procedures and obstetric and gynecological surgical services at the hospital.  She is now accepting new patients at Homer Medical Center.  Call 235-8586 for an appointment.