South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital has a new CEO. Joe Woodin is taking over after Robert Letson retired this fall. Woodin has thirty years of experience in healthcare leadership in Massachusetts and Vermont. He said South Peninsula Hospital has similar qualities and challenges to the other small-sized hospitals where he’s worked.

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Sexual Assault -  Education, Prevention and Response  is the topic on this week's Coffee Table. 
Guests: Chris Fontaine, Forensic Nurse, South Peninsula Hospital, Amy Woodruff, Prevention Coordinator, Haven House and Doug Koester
Trainer, Facilitator, Green Dot Homer.


Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

The South Peninsula Hospital has been looking for ways to fill a budget gap after the state made a 5-percent cut to Medicaid reimbursement rates in September.

The program pays for low-income patients’ hospital bills with state and federal dollars. The cut extends to both inpatient and outpatient care given since July 1, potentially costing the hospital over $1 million dollars.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

A decision to reduce state Medicaid funding is putting a fiscal strain on the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. The hospital could receive about $1 million less in Medicaid reimbursements from the state.

When a patient checks the Medicaid box on their hospital bill, the bill is paid with state and federal dollars set aside for Medicaid.

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Robert Letson announced his retirement last week, ending his decade-long stint in Homer. Letson decided to retire after a couple of family members dealt with health issues over the past year, but he plans to stay on for the next nine months, affording the hospital’s board ample time to find a replacement.

Prior to working at SPH, Letson worked at both for-profit and non-profit hospitals around Georgia and the Carolinas for about 30 years.

He said when he made his initial site visit to Homer, the Kenai Peninsula’s beauty sold itself.

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Domestic violence and sexual assault response and prevention are the topics on this week's Coffee Table.
South Peninsula Haven House Executive Director Ronnie Leach, Haven House Board Member Sherry Stead, and Colleen James, forensic nurse at
South Peninsula Hospital.

Rotary Health Fair Celebrates 33 Years

Nov 5, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

The 2016 Rotary Health Fair took place at Homer High School on Saturday, Nov. 11. The fair has served Homer residents for 33 years and averages around 1,000 people each year who take advantage of the discounted blood testing. KBBI asked attendees how many years they have attended the fair and what their favorite part of the fair is.

2016 Municipal Election: Ballot Proposition 2

Sep 23, 2016
Image courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula voters will decide on four ballot propositions during this year’s October 4 municipal election.

Proposition 2 is a $4.8 million bond proposition that would finance upgrades to South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center. Both are located within the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area.

Voters Won't Get Say in Hospital Boundary

Aug 9, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The boundary between South and Central Peninsula hospitals will stay the same.

Clam Gulch and Ninilchik residents have voiced complaints about paying mill rate taxes to support the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area, when they live much closer to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Hospital Boundary Will Stay The Same

Jul 27, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The boundary between the south and central peninsula hospital service areas will stay where it is, near the tower in Clam Gulch, about 14.5 miles north of the midpoint between the Homer and central peninsula hospitals.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has been discussing moving the boundary south, so that residents of Clam Gulch and Ninilchik won’t have to pay taxes to support the Homer Hospital’s service area when most use medical services in Soldotna.