Swains join South Peninsula Hospital health care team

A husband and wife team have joined the South Peninsula Hospital health care team.

Registered Nurse Stephanie Swain and Dr. Matthew Swain are the latest members to work at the hospital. Matthew Swain joins the hospital’s medical staff and practices at Homer Medical Center. Stephanie Swain is the new Acute Care Director, according to a press release.

The couple comes to Homer from Anchorage, where for the last three years Matthew Swain was chief of primary care for the Veterans Affairs Alaska Health Care System. He served as clinical supervisor for 29 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants across six facilities. Stephanie Swain was most recently the Service Chief and Nurse Manager for the Veterans Affairs Social and Behavioral Health Services in Anchorage.

Matthew Swain has practiced primary care for 15 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. 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 will oversee the inpatient unit, emergency department, birthing center and respiratory therapy departments. She was a psychiatric nurse at Brynn Marr Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She got her bachelor of science in nursing at Arizona State University, and her bachelor of science in health care administration at University of Phoenix. Stephanie Swain 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 fell in love with Homer and made a commitment to one day call this home. They arrived in Homer last week with their two teenage daughters, a Great Dane dog and two Maine coon cats. Matthew Swain is now seeing patients at Homer Medical Clinic and Stephanie Swain started work on Monday.

“They look forward to becoming part of all that Homer has to offer, especially the quality of life,” according to the press release.