Every Voice Matters! Community Health Needs Assessment

Since 2008, South Peninsula Hospital has been working together with other local organizations, agencies and community members within the MAPP coalition to improve our community’s health. Every three years, we take a snapshot of the community’s health perceptions to inform existing and new hospital and community efforts. Please take a few minutes to take the survey online here. Responses are anonymous, and you will be entered in to win a gift card to local businesses! For more information, including past Community Health Needs Assessments, visit this page.

Free Community Yoga at SPARC Every Wednesday Evening in November & December!

We are proud to be sponsoring weekly free community yoga classes at SPARC (South Peninsula Athletic & Recreation Center, 600 Sterling Hwy) from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm each Wednesday evening through December. Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one (we will have extras!), some extra layers, and a water bottle. All ages & abilities are welcome to these drop-in classes. Check the Events Calendar or the South Peninsula Hospital Facebook page for more information.

Hours change at hospital’s Covid-19 Test and Vaccine Clinic on July 1st

Effective July 1, the hours of operation at South Peninsula Hospital’s Covid-19 Test and Vaccine Clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street will be 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends. PCR Covid-19 testing will be offered at the walk-up clinic, no appointment necessary, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Insurance will be billed for testing. Those uninsured or not using insurance will be charged $50, and can pay at time of service or be billed. Test results will be provided on South Peninsula Hospital’s electronic health portal, and are normally available within 24 hours.

Testing is recommended for individuals experiencing covid-like symptoms, for those with known exposure to an individual who tested positive for Covid-19, for travel requirements, with a provider referral and in advance of medical appointments. In addition to the PCR testing offered at the hospital’s walk-up clinic, free home-test kits are available at the hospital’s main entrance 24/7, at the Homer Chamber of Commerce, and for purchase at numerous local retailers.

Covid-19 vaccinations will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment only, made here. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are available at this location for individuals ages five and over, and boosters are offered to eligible groups as recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as made available by FDA under emergency use authorizations.

In addition to the stand-alone clinic on Bartlett Street, both Covid-19 testing and vaccinations (including those for 6 months and older) are offered by appointment at Homer Medical Center and the hospital’s Family Care Clinic. For more information on SPH Covid-19 services and care, visit our Covid-19 information page.

Blood Drive in Homer: June 22 & 23, 2022

The Blood Bank of Alaska will be offering a 2-day blood drive in Homer on Wednesday & Thursday, June 22 & 23, 2022 in the Conference Rooms at the Best Western Bidarka Inn (575 Sterling Hwy, Homer) from 10am-5:30pm both days.

To log in and make an appointment:

please visit this link for Wednesday or this link for Thursday.

You can also call the Blood Bank of Alaska to make an appointment at (907) 222-5630.

Click here for instructions on creating a donor profile and scheduling appointments if you don’t already have a donor login for the Blood Bank of Alaska online Donor Portal.

Please bring photo ID, stay hydrated, and eat well on the day of your appointment!

Click here for PDF flyer with links.

Click here for PDF flyer for printing.

Demographics Questionnaire (available on-site at the time of your appointment also)

Parental Consent Form for donors under 18 years of age (also available on-site)

Winter Services Request for Quote

South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) is seeking a vendor to provide Snow Removal, Sanding, and Winter Maintenance services. Mandatory walk-through is August 16 at 2:00pm; Bids are due August 23. Get complete RFQ here.

Functional Medicine doctor holds free online zoom event

Dr. Rob Downey, MD, certified practitioner by the Institute for Functional Medicine is bringing a new kind of healthcare to Alaska with the opening Seaworthy Functional Medicine, a department of South Peninsula Hospital.

This is a re-launch of the existing South Peninsula Hospital Functional Medicine Clinic, with a focus on new ways to connect to wellness locally, statewide and nationwide. To celebrate the clinic’s re-opening on Wednesday, July 1st, Dr. Downey and the team at Seaworthy will be hosting a live online Q&A with area residents from 10-11am. The subject of this free zoom event will be “What is Functional Medicine and Why Does it Hold the Key to Chronic Illness. To attend this event, please go to www.seaworthymed.com and enroll.

Alaska’s diverse climate and huge geographic span both give it a well-earned reputation for excitement and adventure while also throwing big hurdles in the way of getting to doctor’s visits. When you feel sick or at your worst, the pure geographic scope of living in Alaska can be an obstacle to getting health care. Seaworthy Functional Medicine offers telemedicine as way to get quality health care advice in real time when you need it. Seaworthy’s functional medicine approach allows you to access care from afar via telemedicine in conjunction with the support of your primary care provider.

For more information about Seaworthy Functional Medicine Clinic, or this event, contact the clinic at 435-3070, or fmc@sphosp.org.

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.

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new physician and unit director

Matthew Swain, DO and his wife, Stephanie, BSN, RN, are new members of the South Peninsula Hospital health care team.

Dr. Swain, Board Certified in Family Medicine, is joining the hospital’s Active Medical Staff, and is practicing at Homer Medical Center.  For the last three years he was the Chief of Primary Care for The Veteran’s Affairs Alaska Health Care System based in Anchorage, where he was the clinical supervisor for 29 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants across six facilities. He has practiced primary care for fifteen years, most of that at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where he held leadership positions of Senior Medical Officer of Branch Clinics, Wounded Warrior Battalion Surgeon, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and General Practice Physician.

Dr. Swain received his medical degree at Midwestern University, and did his residency training at Naval Hospitals in Pensacola, Florida and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Stephanie Swain, BSN, RN, BSHA, is the new Acute Care Director at the hospital. She will oversee the inpatient unit, emergency department, birthing center and respiratory therapy departments. Stephanie was most recently the Service Chief and Nurse Manager for the Veteran’s Affairs Social and Behavioral Health Services in Anchorage. She was a psychiatric nurse at Brynn Marr Hospital in Jacksonville, NC. She got her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Arizona State University, and her B.S. in Health Care Administration at University of Phoenix. Stephanie brings experience in ICU nursing, psychiatric nursing, and clinical team development.

The Swains moved to Anchorage in 2017 following a trip to Alaska when they instantly fell in love with Homer and made a commitment to one day call this home. They arrived to Homer last week, with their two teenage daughters, a Great Dane dog and two Maine Coon cats. They look forward to becoming part of all that Homer has to offer, especially the quality of life.

Dr. Swain is now seeing patients at Homer Medical Center. Stephanie started in her role at the hospital on Monday.


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/


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.