Rob Downey, MD, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Director of South Peninsula Hospital Functional Medicine Clinic, will discuss hypothyroidism at a community presentation on Wednesday, January 30 from 6-7pm. The presentation will address the factors that affect your thyroid function and lifestyle behaviors for optimal thyroid health.
The event takes place at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College at 202 Pioneer Hall, 533 E Pioneer Avenue in Homer. It is free and open to the public.
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.
Homer Medical is helping you start the year off well with a free Diabetes Screening for patients without current diabetes diagnosis.
- 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.
The upcoming Living Well Alaska Workshop Series has been postponed one week – great news for you if you haven’t signed up yet and want to!
Living Well Alaska is a six-session weekly workshop for adults with 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, January 16 – February 20, 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 email@example.com.
Join South Peninsula Hospital and Homer private practice counselor Bobbi Cleary, MSCP, LPC at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, January 19th from 9:00 am-10:00 am for Bobbi’s brief talk on Seasonal Affective Disorder – what it is and ways to cope with it 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. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!
South Peninsula Hospital Home Health Department was named a Top Agency in the 2018 HomeCare Elite recognition list of top-performing home health agencies in the United States. SPH Home Health was listed in the top 25 percent of the nearly 9,000 agencies considered.
The next Safe Sitter Course is scheduled for Friday, January 4th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at South Peninsula Hospital. Registration is required by January 2nd – to register, please contact South Peninsula Hospital Health & Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (907) 235-0970.
Dr. Mullins received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from the University of Alabama where he also completed medical school. Dr. Mullins completed the Internal Medicine Residency at the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine in 1994 and went on to complete his Medical Oncology Fellowship training at the University Of Virginia Health Sciences Center.
During most of his time at SPH he served as the Medical Director of the hospital’s Emergency Department, serving as the champion for systems development, recruitment and advancing practices. Examples of recent improvements was supporting the tele-connection to Kachemak Emergency Services ambulances for in-field connection to patient vitals and health data to better prepare the emergency department for their arrival, and the adoption of tele-stroke, web-based telemedicine which allows a consulting neurologist to get their eyes on a patient within minutes of their arrival to the Emergency Room.
Voters will be asked two very important questions regarding the hospital’s service area boundaries in the October 2, 2018 election: Ballot Proposition #2 – Moves the north boundary line to the highway midway point between the two hospitals. (to be voted on by Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area residents and voters in the proposed added area). […]
South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Christopher Landess, MD, to the medical staff and Emergency Department. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, specializing in Emergency Medicine. Landess recently moved to Homer from Knoxville, Tennessee, though not a stranger to Alaska. He was raised in Sterling, and is excited about the opportunity to return home to share […]
The next Safe Sitter course is scheduled for June 28th & 29th at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm on both days. Students must attend both days to complete the program. The program free is $50. Please contact (907) 235-0970 or email@example.com to register!
More than 90 million steps taken in community-wide steps challenge
Over $3,000 in cash and merchandise prizes were awarded to winners in the 1st annual community wide steps challenge at the event-wrap up party on Saturday, June 2 at the Homer Farmers Market.
The City of Homer retained team bragging rights, ending the month long challenge with 349,443 total steps taken. The City won last year’s challenge, which was an invitational among four local agencies, and took the trophy in this year’s expanded event among 18 total teams.
435 participants enrolled in the event, taking a grand total of 90,214,266 steps in the month of May.
Join South Peninsula Hospital and Paula Godfrey, DO at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, June 16th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear a brief talk by Dr. Godfrey on locating and using an AED in an emergency 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. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!
To the Community,
The situation reported in a recent newspaper article continues to be a priority for our organization and we are deeply sensitive to the issues. Making sure we have a climate of dignity and respect, for both our patients and staff
More information about the challenge is available here and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 235-0970 with questions or for assistance! We can help with entering steps!
Join South Peninsula Hospital and Giulia Tortora, MD at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus – 533 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM to learn about and discuss living wills & other advance care directives, and decisions around medical power of attorney, end of life care & dementia.
Join South Peninsula Hospital and Edson Knapp, MD at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear a brief talk by Dr. Knapp on breast cancer screenings 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. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!
Open House this Friday!
At the newly expanded homer medical center open house this friday! The community is invited to meet Joseph Woodin, new CEO of South Peninsula Hospital at an open house at Homer Medical Center on Friday, March 30 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Guests will tour the newly expanded and remodeled clinic, meet several new healthcare providers on staff at Homer Medical, and welcome Mr. Woodin, who took over as the new CEO earlier this month, succeeding long time CEO Robert Letson who retired last year.
The South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors announces the selection of Joseph “Joe” Woodin for the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Woodin has 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, most recently as President and CEO at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, a 26-bed critical access hospital and 62-bed nursing and rehab center in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Prior to this, Woodin spent 17 years as President and CEO at Gifford Health Care and Gifford Medical Center in Vermont. Gifford includes a 25-bed critical access hospital with extensive ancillary services, senior living communities and seven clinics located throughout the state of Vermont.
Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in America, but with regular screening, colon cancer can often be cured – and even prevented! Schedule your preventative colon cancer screening with Dr. Greg Hough in March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and receive a free $20 token for the Homer Farmers’ Market*. Screenings are covered at 100% by most insurances. For normal-risk individuals, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50.
Flu shots are available at Homer Medical Center Monday through Saturday. Flu shots can be billed to insurance; uninsured individuals are eligible for reduced fees. Appointments are available now at 235-8586 or through the Patient Portal. Don’t delay!
After nearly a decade at the helm of South Peninsula Hospital, CEO Robert Letson retired in December, 2017. As CEO, Letson is credited with numerous organization achievements, including improved financial performance, the addition and expansion of outpatient clinics and services, the inclusion of primary care, and the successful recruitment and retention of 26 new physicians.
Matt Hambrick, president of the hospital’s board of directors, said, “We are extremely grateful for Bob’s leadership and dedication over the past 10 years. He led our community hospital to a top-100, five-star level, improving the quality of life for the residents we serve. His vision and commitment put our community hospital on the leading edge of healthcare.”
Letson became the hospital’s chief administrator in March 2008, bringing with him more than 21 years of proven success in not-for-profit hospital management and 13 years with for-profit hospitals. Since then, he has been instrumental in the advancement of hospital services and operations. Under his leadership, South Peninsula Hospital has three times been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the nation, chosen out of 1,300 eligible hospitals based on quality, patient perspective, affordability, market strength and other performance indicators. Additionally, the hospital’s nursing home is rated five-star by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Compare Program based on quality measures, staffing and health inspections.
Katie Ostrom, MD, OB/GYN at Homer Medical Center, now performs laser therapy as a painless alternative to using hormone therapy for vaginal restoration. The laser treatment stimulates the production of collagen in the vaginal tissue, improving the treated area’s functionality and restoring the proper balance to the mucous membrane.
This procedure can cure many of the uncomfortable conditions resulting from menopause or childbirth, allowing women to fully enjoy their postmenopausal and post-childbearing years. Treatable discomforts commonly include dryness, incontinence, burning, painful intercourse and laxity.
Laser therapy is the most effective treatment for these conditions without the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery. Visit www.homerobgyn.com for more information or call 235-8586 to make an appointment.
South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Dana Whittaker, Certified Nurse Midwife, to the women’s health team at Homer Medical Center’s West Wing. Whittaker, Certified Nurse Midwife and Advanced Nurse Practitioner, received her nursing degree from Weber State University and her masters from Frontier Nursing University. She became a Certified Direct Entry Midwife in Alaska after attending Seattle Midwifery School where she specialized in home births. She has been a nurse at South Peninsula Hospital for 12 years, was in private practice for four years, and interned at Alaska Native Medical Center, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and at HMC West Wing.
The City of Homer won the trophy in the first ever inter-agency steps challenge, sponsored by South Peninsula Hospital.
Top stepper of the challenge was Laurie Heckert: 745,484.
Nearly 200 people participated in the challenge, organized by South Peninsula Hospital between lead health organizations in the community during the month of May. The individual participant goal was 7,500 steps each day. The individual with the most steps won $250, and those who walk a minimum of 166,067 total steps were entered into a drawing for a $1,000 cash prize, donated by the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation.
Jerry Braza, PhD, will offer a one day Mindfulness training on Saturday, May 13, from 10am – 4pm at Many Rivers. The morning session includes guided mindfulness practice and a mindful walk. The afternoon includes deep relaxation, mindful contemplation, mindful movements and practices for home. No prior experience is needed. Braza is a leading voice in the field of health education and mindfulness, former university professor and author of two books on the subject.
People can register for half or full day training. A sliding scale registration fee is offered and range from $20-$30 for the half day, and $30-$60 for the full day. Contact 235-0258 to register.
Difficulty swallowing? Can’t quite get the words to come out right? A 15 minute screening for speech, language, swallowing, voice, resonance, or cognitive communication is offered for free in May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month.
Susan Cates-Blackmon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers this screening which is perfect for adults, children and their caregivers who have concerns about a potential speech or swallowing concern. Whether looking for reassurance or referral for further investigation about your concerns, this brief screening could help identify or resolve problems affecting speech or swallowing.
Call the hospital’s Rehab Department at 235-0370 to arrange your free 15 minute appointment.
The annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair is set for Saturday, April 29 from 10am-2pm at the Homer High School. This is a free, fun event for children from tots to teens to focus on safety, health and wellness. The fair offers more than 30 booths and stations with hands on activities and demonstrations. Loads of door prizes are given away throughout the free fair, including the grand prize giveaways at 1:30pm of a tricycle and bicycles.
A bike rodeo will take place in the school parking lot from 10am-noon. Kids can bring their bikes for a free inspection to get ready for safe, summer fun. Helmets are required, and are available for purchase on site. Free test rides on the drunk-driving simulator ATV cart are offered throughout the day in the parking lot.
South Peninsula Hospital will offer a free training for responding to opioid overdose. Attendees will learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and receive a free Narcan (naloxone) response kit. The training will be Thursday, April 20, from 5:30-6:30pm at the SPH training center and will be presented by Dr. Sarah Spencer, Addiction Medicine Specialist. Naloxone funding provided by State of Alaska Project Hope. Please register in advance at 235-0258.
(Photo attached) Sarah Spencer, DO
Randy Wiest, MD, board certified family practice physician at Homer Medical Center, retired from his medical practice at the clinic. Dr. Wiest practiced here for nearly twenty years, providing care for all stages of life. He was a member of Active Medical Staff at the hospital and provided physician coverage in the Emergency Department and Acute Care units. Thank you, Dr. Wiest, for your service to the community!
South Peninsula Hospital is offering a hospital boot camp in Homer April 7-8 for hospital and physician leaders. Led by Horty, Springer & Mattern Attorneys, this is a don’t-miss event for all hospital leadership positions, and a great reason to visit Homer this spring! Register online by Monday, March 13!
Safe Sitter class will be offered during school spring break on Thursday and Friday, March 16 & 17, 2017. The class is designed for students in 6th – 8th grades and teaches basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aid, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette.
The class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises to prepare students for when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR.
The class will run from 9:00am to 2:30pm both days. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $75 per person; scholarships are available based on need. Space is limited! Please call the hospital’s education department at 235-0258 for more information and to register.
The South Peninsula Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees elected officers at its annual meeting held Monday, January 9. Angie Newby was elected chair, Phyllis Cooper – vice chair, Mary Ann Rowe – secretary and Judith Lund – Treasurer. Cooper was recognized during the meeting by fellow trustees and hospital administration for seven consecutive years as Foundation Chair.
The Foundation is a non-profit, charitable and fundraising foundation which supports the community health care mission of South Peninsula Hospital. In addition to awarding five scholarships annually to local residents pursuing C.N.A. certification and allied health degrees, the foundation supports capital purchases and special projects, including support for diabetes education for uninsured patients. Tax deductible donations can be made by mail to SPHFI, PO Box 2548, Homer, or through the Pick-Click-Give program when enrolling for the PFD.
The next Foundation meeting is Monday, April 24 at 3:30pm in the hospital’s conference room and is open to the public. Click here for more information on the SPH Foundation.
Rob Downey, MD, is the newly elected 2017 Chief of Staff for the South Peninsula Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Downey offers an outpatient functional medicine practice, and is the Infection Prevention/Employee Health Physician and Long Term Care Assistant Medical Director for South Peninsula Hospital. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute for Functional Medicine. Downey replaces outgoing chief of staff Dr. Sarah Spencer.
Everest Reutov was the first baby born at South Peninsula Hospital in 2017. Born Wednesday, January 4, at 8:15am to Kcenia and David Reutov of Homer, Everest was born a healthy seven pounds 10 ounces and 20 inches long. Their due date wasn’t until much later in January, so this was a happy surprise for the couple to have the honor of first-baby of the year. Although he is the first baby born at the hospital this year, Everest is certainly not the first child in the family, nor the first one born at the start of a new year. One of seven children in the Reutov family, Everest is one of five born at South Peninsula Hospital and his sister was born January 1, 2005, in Kodiak. She was not officially the first baby of the year there, however, as that honor went to another baby, born just one hour earlier.
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.
South Peninsula Hospital received a total score of 94 out of 100 in the 2015 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care Survey. This is a national survey of infant feeding practices in maternity care settings which is conducted every two years on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the most recent survey released in September for calendar year 2015, South Peninsula Hospital was reporting on practices for 141 births.
The hospital’s total score is an overall quality score that averages their seven sub-scores on care: labor and delivery care (100); postpartum care (feeding of breasted infants (100), breastfeeding assistance (100), and mother to infant contact (94); discharge care (88); staff training (n/a); and structural/organizational aspects of care delivery (83). South Peninsula Hospital met or exceeded the averages for sub-scores from reporting facilities in Alaska, and placed in the 91st percentile for total score compared to all facilities nationwide.
For more information see attached state report and visit www.cdc.gov/mpinc or http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/mpinc/index.htm
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 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.
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 dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, the newest provider offering services through the SPH Specialty Clinic. Dr. Weiss is a board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He offers general medical dermatology, skin cancer evaluation and treatment, and acne treatments.
Dr. Weiss practices at Valley Dermatology in Eagle River. His first clinic is in October.
Please call 357-2800 for more information and to make an appointment.
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…
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.
Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. The clinic will be from9am-2pm on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Homer Medical Center on Bartlett Street. Exams on this one-day event are being offered free of charge by volunteer healthcare providers from […]
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.
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 for testing and diagnosis, treatment or immunization options for protecting against these diseases.
Homer Public Health at 195 E. Bunnell Avenue, Ste C, is hosting an Immunization Drive Aril 4-8. Call 235-8857 to set your appointment.
Sarah Bollwitt, OTR/L and Jacquelyn Forster, OTR/L will present and discuss on causes, risk factors, treatment and management of arthritis and repetitive motion injuries.
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 […]
February 8 Press Release Frequently Asked Questions
You can view the Specialty Clinic Schedule through our online calendar or you may print a copy of the current schedule for December 2015 through December 2016. Click here to print the Specialty Clinic Calendar
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Update from South Peninsula Hospital Oct. 19, 2014 Although South Peninsula Hospital has not yet treated anyone who falls into the risk category for Ebola, when needed we will utilize the screening criteria for patient isolation as set forth by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as follows: Fever, headache, joint and […]
South Peninsula Hospital was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital out of more than 1,300 critical access hospitals nationwide in 2013. This marks the third time in as many years to receive this designation. The top 100 critical access hospitals scored best on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index, which includes a unique set […]
Dr. Adcox relocated from Texas where he has been practicing orthopedics for nearly 10 years. He received a bachelor’s and master’s of science in biology from Texas Tech University, and earned his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Texas Medical School. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas […]
A referral is required. Diabetes education is covered by many insurance programs. For more information or to register, call 235-0369 or 235-0320.
In a special mail-in election the service area voters approved issuing $14.7 million in bonds to complete the next phase of the expansion. The bid for this final phase was awarded to Jay Brandt Construction, and work began in June of 2008. Part of this phase, including the new patient wing featuring 18 single occupancy […]