Pertussis, also called whooping cough, can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing that often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis is a serious, very contagious illness that can even cause death.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Contact your health care provider or the Public Health Center (235-8857) for testing and diagnosis, treatment or immunization options for protecting against these diseases.
Visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough Healthcare Task Force site for information.
South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors welcomes a new board member and re-appoints three. Lane Chesley was appointed in January to serve for one year in a vacated seat, and Vickey Hodnik, DDS, Matt Hambrick, and David Groesbeck were all re-appointed to three year seats at the December meeting.
The new officers were elected for the year as follows: Mathew Hambrick, President; Julie Woodworth, Vice President; David Groesbeck, Treasurer; and Bernadette Wilson, Secretary.
Sarah Spencer, DO, family practice physician specializing in addiction medicine at Homer Medical Center and Ninilchik Community Clinic, was elected by the Medical Staff as the 2016 Chief of Staff. Chief-of-Staff elect is Rob Downey, MD.
The hospital’s operating board of directors meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month, however the February meeting has been changed to Thursday, February 25th at 7pm in the South Peninsula Hospital conference room. The meeting is open to the public.
The Alaska School Activities Association requires a sports physical for high school students to participate in organized athletics and activities. In lieu of the one day sports physical clinic event this year, local clinics now offer sports physicals year round as part of regular services. This is much more convenient for busy families and allows the exam to happen closer in time to the sport season your child is participating in.
It’s important to know that a “School Sports Physical” is an abbreviated exam that checks only the requirements on the form. It is not a comprehensive wellness exam, may not pick up major issues affecting a student, and is not covered by insurance. An option to be considered instead is the annual “Wellness Exam”. One Wellness Exam per year is covered by all insurances*, does not require a deductible or co-pay, and is an extensive in-depth physical which includes updating immunizations, discussing social health risks, addressing health concerns, and any health issues that may come up in the exam. This will more than meet the requirements of the sports physical and reassure that all the child’s health is being addressed, not just the items on the sports physical checklist.
Whichever you choose, School Sports Physical or an annual Wellness Exam, please specify which exam at the time of making the appointment. All three clinics in Homer offer both exams, but it must be scheduled using the correct exam name if utilizing the insurance benefit. Sports physicals range in cost from $30-$40 depending on the clinic.
To help accommodate the need, Homer Medical Center has reserved appointments so these physicals can be done prior to the start of camps and practices. PLEASE make your appointment today! Call 235-8586. Homer Medical Center also offers a subsidized sports physical at a lower rate for families facing financial hardship. Please inquire about this at the time of setting your appointment.
*All commercial and government insurances except Alaska Retirees (Aetna).
South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Teresa K. Johnson, MD, a board-certified family practice physician to its active medical staff. Dr. Johnson attended medical school at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine, and completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center / HCA Wesley Family Practice. Dr. Johnson practiced family medicine in Wichita, Kansas for more than 25 years before moving to Alaska this year.
Dr. Johnson has a special interest in education and prevention of illness, women’s health, adolescent care and pediatrics, but enjoys caring for all ages, from newborn through seniors.
Dr. Johnson is now accepting new patients at Homer Medical Center, and will sometimes be providing emergency care in the ER. She and her husband join family members who already reside in the area, and they are happy to now call this home.
For appointments call 907-235-8586.
Greg Hough, MD, provides a full range of surgical services, including the most current of minimally invasive procedures and advanced laparoscopic procedures. He offers consult and surgery for conditions involving the breast, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, colon, liver, pancreas and rectum.
Dr. Hough is now accepting new patients. His surgical clinic is located at 4201 Bartlett Street, Suite 201, in the Kachemak Professional Building. For more information or to schedule and appointment, call 235-0310.