The History of South Peninsula Hospital
Opening under the name "Homer Hospital" in 1956, this community owned and operated hospital started as a dental, medical and public health clinic and two-bed hospital. Since then, the hospital has relocated, expanded and changed our name to South Peninsula Hospital to better reflect the broader geographical area that it serves.
The hospital originally opened as a territory public utility district, then the City of Homer ran it from 1964-69 when the Kenai Peninsula Borough took ownership and established the South Kenai Peninsula hospital service area. The SPH Auxiliary started in 1970, and the SPH Foundation was founded in 2003; both ancillary groups support the mission of the organization.
A three-time Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, South Peninsula Hospital is the largest employer in the community with more than 400 employees. From emergency services, inpatient, imaging, laboratory and physical therapy, to primary care, functional medicine, sleep medicine, infusion clinic, ob/gyn, and specialty clinic, South Peninsula Hospital is proud to provide the level of care expected by the 14,000 residents it serves.
South Peninsula Hospital’s performance is measured in a number of ways, including the tracking of clinical care, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction. Quality and patient safety are the cornerstones of the performance at South Peninsula Hospital. A Quality Committee monitors the vital work of ensuring that the highest quality of care is delivered to each patient and the hospital staff incorporates the organization’s values-based behaviors to support that care.
South Peninsula Hospital has been three times named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital out of more than 1,300 critical access hospitals nationwide. The top 100 critical access hospitals scored best on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index, which includes a unique set of measures rating Market Strength, Value-based Strength and Financial Strength as key pillars for benchmarking. It incorporates 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. iVantage Health Analytics, Inc. manages the HealthStrong Awards Program, which recognizes exceptional performance among all eligible U.S. general acute care hospitals, including all rural hospitals and the more than 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals.
Recent Examples of our Outstanding Performance: