South Peninsula Hospital

At left Bonita Banks, RN, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) nurse at Homer Medical Center, and at right, Annie Garay, RN, Community Health Educator, pose for a photo at South Peninsula Hospital on Sept. 27, 2021, at Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

New hospital community health educator starts

Garay, a Homer raised nurse, came home to ride out COVID-19, wound up doing pandemic nursing.

 

Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Hospital’s Long Term Care home gets 5-star rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently granted a Five-Star rating in its Care Compare quality program to South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care… Continue reading

 

Peter Zuyus receives his first dose of the Moderna vaccine Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at a large-scale clinic put on by South Peninsula Hospital and the City of Homer at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

715 seniors get Moderna vaccine in Homer

Clinic put on by local hospital, city, public health and others

 

Workers on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, moved a new CT scanner into its new location at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. The scanner is now located close to the Emergency Department, which will shorten the time needed, for example, to get accident victims to the machine to help determine the extent of their injuries. (Photo by Brent Lautenschlager / South Peninsula Hospital)

New CT machine installed in room closer to ER

Hospital’s new CT machine features murals to make patient experience more comfortable.

Workers on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, moved a new CT scanner into its new location at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. The scanner is now located close to the Emergency Department, which will shorten the time needed, for example, to get accident victims to the machine to help determine the extent of their injuries. (Photo by Brent Lautenschlager / South Peninsula Hospital)
Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer's first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital's medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

First health care worker, long-term care resident get vaccinated in Homer

South Peninsula Hospital started offering vaccines to residents and front-line staff on Thursday

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer's first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital's medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
Bob Letson, former CEO of South Peninsula Hospital. (Homer News file photo)

Former South Peninsula Hospital CEO dies of COVID-19

Bob Letson led several expansions, improvements in nearly 10 years in Homer

Bob Letson, former CEO of South Peninsula Hospital. (Homer News file photo)
Registered Nurse Annie Garay puts the finishing touches on South Peninsula Hospital's new COVID-19 testing site, located at the lower level of the hospital's specialty clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It's a self-swab site where people register at one window, and collect a swab kit from a nurse at another window. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Registered Nurse Annie Garay puts the finishing touches on South Peninsula Hospital's new COVID-19 testing site, located at the lower level of the hospital's specialty clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It's a self-swab site where people register at one window, and collect a swab kit from a nurse at another window. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

1 new COVID-19 case in Homer

Hospital to move testing location, further relax visitation rules

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
6 South Peninsula Hospital staff test positive for COVID-19

6 South Peninsula Hospital staff test positive for COVID-19

Six staff members at South Peninsula Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three weeks, according to hospital Public Information Officer Derotha Ferraro.… Continue reading

6 South Peninsula Hospital staff test positive for COVID-19
Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

South Peninsula Hospital restarts most of it services

Precautions and COVID-19 screening are in place

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Swains join South Peninsula Hospital health care team

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… Continue reading

Swains join South Peninsula Hospital health care team
Homer health worker heads to New York to help during pandemic

Homer health worker heads to New York to help during pandemic

Correction: This story has been changed to remove a reference that Lenox Hill Hospital treats only COVID-19 patients at this time. It also is treating… Continue reading

Homer health worker heads to New York to help during pandemic
Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

South Peninsula Hospital continues testing, preparations for COVID-19

As the state of Alaska slowly reopens sections of its economic sector, Homer’s local hospital continues its work testing for COVID-19, the illness caused by… Continue reading

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
South Peninsula Hospital staff practice using the alternate COVID-19 testing site being set up at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. The site will only be opened if increased referrals for testing necessitates it. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro)

South Peninsula Hospital gets rapid test machine, sets up alternate testing site

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South Peninsula Hospital staff practice using the alternate COVID-19 testing site being set up at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. The site will only be opened if increased referrals for testing necessitates it. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro)
A look inside the hospital’s alternate COVID-19 care site

A look inside the hospital’s alternate COVID-19 care site

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A look inside the hospital’s alternate COVID-19 care site
Anna Worster, RN, the Director of Surgical Services at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, stands in the surgery waiting room, which has been converted into a three-person inpatient room. The surgery department will be the area for patients hospitalized with other medical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Capacity expands at South Peninsula Hospital while Homer Public Health tracks down case contacts

With two Homer residents confirmed to have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2, South Peninsula Hospital staff and public health nurses are… Continue reading

Anna Worster, RN, the Director of Surgical Services at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, stands in the surgery waiting room, which has been converted into a three-person inpatient room. The surgery department will be the area for patients hospitalized with other medical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)
This 2014 photo shows the South Peninsula Hospital campus in Homer. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Local hospital update: 37 COVID-19 tests have been performed

19 tests have come back negative; hospital further restricts building access

This 2014 photo shows the South Peninsula Hospital campus in Homer. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)
Making an entrance

Making an entrance

Homer’s first baby of 2020 couldn’t wait for parents to get to hospital

Making an entrance
South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new general surgeon

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new general surgeon

South Peninsula Hospital has hired Dr. Jeffrey Larsen, board certified general surgeon, to be on its active medical staff, the hospital announced in a press… Continue reading

South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new general surgeon
Rotary Health Fair returns for 36th year

Rotary Health Fair returns for 36th year

As the weather cools and the propensity for getting sick increases, lower Kenai Peninsula resources have a reliable annual resource to turn to — the… Continue reading

Rotary Health Fair returns for 36th year
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