South Peninsula Hospital




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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.


Awards

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.

Hospital COMPARE Quality Data

Nursing Home COMPARE Quality Data

Recent Examples of our Outstanding Performance:

Jan 24, 2022
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Under the direction of the Patient Access Supervisor acts as a Cost Estimator for self-pay patients looking for options for managing their healthcare costs. Is responsible for ensuring that all patients with self-pay scheduled appointments are provided with an estimate of the service costs in accordance with the No Surprises Act and other State or Federal regulations.  The incumbent will maintain exceptional service and integrity with customers through accurate, timely, relevant, and quality work.  The Cost Estimator must be able to communicate effectively and pleasantly both over the phone and in person. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The position requires the incumbent possess the minimum of a high school diploma with three years of experience in a medical business office and experience in medical coding with Chargemaster or Medical Claims billing experience.  This individual should be able to operate such general office machines as a typewriter, computer and adding machine by touch....
Jan 21, 2022
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
The Staff Physical Therapist provides evaluation and treatment for hospital inpatients, outpatients, Home Health, and residents of the hospital Long Term Care unit, according to the professional standards of the American Physical Therapy Association. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The Staff Physical Therapist position requires a degree from an accredited university recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. One or two years of experience is preferred. Current Alaska Physical Therapy license and C.P.R. certification are mandatory.
Jan 21, 2022
Part Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
The Security Officer is a position in the Security Department, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the security program. NATURE AND SCOPE:  The Security Officer performs a variety of tasks including but not limited to; daily rounds, monthly fire extinguisher & emergency station checks, and completing work orders as assigned through the Facilities department. The position is supervised by the Safety & Security Manager. CONTACTS: The Security Officer will be in frequent contact with department managers, staff,  patients/residents, physicians, contractors, vendors and State and Federal Inspectors.  This individual should make every effort to project a professional, positive image of the hospital and staff in all interactions with these contacts. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. No previous experience required. Would prefer a minimum of 1 year relevant experience (Security, Law...
Jan 21, 2022
Part Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Utilizes the nursing process to plan and provide patient care to patients according to established standards and practices.   NATURE AND SCOPE:  The Registered Nurse provides primary patient care as outlined in this position description. Standards for nursing practice have been established by the Alaska State Board of Nursing, state statute, American Nurses Association and the American Association of Office Nurses. The Registered Nurse provides care to clients of South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) in accordance with established practice standards and state and federal regulations. The Registered Nurse performs all of the activities required to provide primary patient care in the clinic setting and works in other areas as appropriate based on experience and training.     ENVIRONMENT: We invite you to join our team of professionals at South Peninsula Hospital located in scenic Homer, Alaska. As the largest employer in the community, we offer an extraordinary work/life balance, as well...
Jan 21, 2022
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Delivery of age-specific, direct patient care.  The Registered Nurse (RN) provides nursing care to patients utilizing the Nursing Process and within the framework of standards for nursing practice as established by the Alaska State Board of Nursing, and the American Nurses Association as well as the Emergency & Outpatient Services department policies and procedures.  The RN assumes leadership responsibilities, which include delegation of work to other levels of employees.   NATURE AND SCOPE:  The RN is accountable for the delivery of quality care to patients and families, according to the individualized needs of the patient and following the nursing process in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act.  The RN is responsible for the assessment, treatment, and care for patients of all ages including neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric, as applicable.  RN must be competent to access and analyze patient information and history with an understanding of the cognitive,...
Jan 21, 2022
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is responsible for planning, organization, and directing the overall operations of Nursing/Patient Care Services including but not limited to: Acute Care, Obstetrics, Emergency Department, ICU, Surgical Services, Employee Health, Infection Prevention, Education, Social Services/Discharge Planning, Home Health, and Swab Site. The CNO supports South Peninsula Hospital’s commitment to the highest standards of business and professional ethics. NATURE AND SCOPE: The CNO, working under the director of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) actively participates in planning and operational decisions to ensure the integration and coordination of patient care activities across the continuum of care. The CNO supports South Peninsula Hospital’s commitment to the highest standards of business and professional ethics. ENVIRONMENT: The South Peninsula Hospital is a combined 22 bed Acute care hospital and 28 bed long term care facility located at the southern end of...
Jan 21, 2022
Part Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
The Health Unit Clerk assists all patients with performing on-site medical swabbing specifically for COVID-19 as a means of prevention and testing. This position is responsible for coordinating all onsite COVID-19 swabbing, testing preparation and ensuring the results are processed and communicated according to internal procedures. Facilitates maximum reimbursement for patient services through accurate and complete registration of patients presenting for care. They must capture and verify all necessary information to properly register all patients obtaining a COVID-19 swab or receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. All employees must be able to communicate effectively and pleasantly both over the phone and in-person. Accurate data entry and documentation must be the utmost most importance to ensure seamless processing while safeguarding patient confidentiality. NATURE AND SCOPE: This is a bargaining unit position covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Teamsters Local...
Jan 19, 2022
Part Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
The Health Unit Clerk assists all patients with performing on-site medical swabbing specifically for COVID-19 as a means of prevention and testing. This position is responsible for coordinating all onsite COVID-19 swabbing, testing preparation and ensuring the results are processed and communicated according to internal procedures. Facilitates maximum reimbursement for patient services through accurate and complete registration of patients presenting for care. They must capture and verify all necessary information to properly register all patients obtaining a COVID-19 swab or receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. All employees must be able to communicate effectively and pleasantly both over the phone and in-person. Accurate data entry and documentation must be the utmost most importance to ensure seamless processing while safeguarding patient confidentiality. NATURE AND SCOPE: This is a bargaining unit position covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Teamsters Local...
Jan 19, 2022
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
To assist education department in planning and implementing programs to assess and meet South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) clinical staff and medical staff educational needs. To function as a Nurse Planner in establishing continuing nursing education activities in collaboration with Primary Nurse Planner, and maintain instructor status for American Heart Association courses in Basic Life Support (BLS) Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) within 18 months of hire. NATURE AND SCOPE: This position reports directly to the Chief Nursing Offices (CNO).  The Unit Based Educator (UBE) will plan, implement and evaluate activities involved in providing continuing education to hospital clinical staff and medical staff.  The UBE will ensure that applicable trainings meet regulations required by Montana Nurses Association and will assist in the application for CNE accreditation when required.  KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Must have an interest in...
Jan 14, 2022
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Utilizes the patient centered care model to plan and provide total, direct patient care in the home, according to established standards, policies and best practices.    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: The position of HH RN/Case Manager requires that the person possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Alaska; One year of recent clinical nursing experience; a valid Alaska driver’s license and vehicle liability insurance in accordance with Alaska state law. Sufficient oral and written skills are required to effectively communicate and document care given. Numerical ability is required to calculate drug dosages. Must possess, and maintain, a current Basic Life Support Certification   ENVIRONMENT: South Peninsula Hospital is a combined 22 bed critical access hospital and 28 bed long term care facility, located at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. The position requires walking, standing for extended periods, stooping and the ability to lift 50 pounds,...
Jan 03, 2022
Part Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Member of the LTC Facility health team functioning as a CNA II to provide direct assistance/personal care, including exercises and meals, to residents under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse.  The CNA II strives to assist residents to maintain and/or regain their optimal state of health and self-care, and to provide dignity and comfort.  The LTC CNA II may be required to provide nursing care in other nursing departments of the facility to meet resident/patient care needs.   PRACTICING EXCELLENCE: Providing quality care while safeguarding resident rights are two goals for the LTC health team.  To meet these goals for the residents, all staff integrates the following LTC core values in the care they provide to our residents in order to practice “Excellence”:             *Compassion/Patience                       *Flexibility             *Gentleness                                         *Happiness/Joy             *Respect/Honesty...
Dec 27, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Utilizes the nursing process to plan and provide total, direct patient care to patients on the nursing unit according to established standards and practices.   NATURE AND SCOPE: The Registered Nurse (RN) provides primary patient care and supervision for other care team providers, as outlined in this position description. Standards for nursing practice have been established by the Alaska State Board of Nursing, state statute, and the American Nurses Association. The Registered Nurse provides care to clients of SPH in accordance with established policies and evidence-based practice standards, as well as state and federal regulations. The Registered Nurse performs all of the activities required to provide primary patient care on a specialty-based medical/surgical unit, and works in other areas as appropriate based on experience and training.  The Registered Nurse may be required to provide nursing care in other nursing departments of the facility to meet patient/resident care needs....
Dec 24, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Utilizes the nursing process to plan and provide total, direct patient care to patients on the nursing unit according to established standards and practices.   NATURE AND SCOPE: The Registered Nurse (RN) provides primary patient care and supervision for other care team providers, as outlined in this position description. Standards for nursing practice have been established by the Alaska State Board of Nursing, state statute, and the American Nurses Association. The Registered Nurse provides care to clients of SPH in accordance with established policies and evidence-based practice standards, as well as state and federal regulations. The Registered Nurse performs all of the activities required to provide primary patient care on a specialty-based medical/surgical unit, and works in other areas as appropriate based on experience and training.  The Registered Nurse may be required to provide nursing care in other nursing departments of the facility to meet patient/resident care needs....
Dec 15, 2021
Part Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
The Dietary Aide/Host/Hostess is responsible for improving the quality of care for all hospital patients. This is accomplished by preparing and following patient and resident diet sheets for tray accuracy throughout the Acute Care and LTC resident's hospital stay. This will be a temporary six (6) month contract. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Must possess the minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Previous foodservice experience is desirable, but not required. The individual must have the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Good physical and mental health with the ability to lift heavy objects is required. The Dietary Aide/Host/Hostess will maintain a clean, well groomed and professional appearance. The Dietary Aide/Host/Hostess must possess a Serv-Safe certificate. ENVIRONMENTAL: The South Peninsula Hospital is a combination 22 bed acute care hospital and a 28 bed nursing home located at the southern end of the Kenia Peninsula. The Dietary Aide/Host/Hostess can be in...
Dec 15, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Under the general direction of their supervisor, the Commercial Billing Specialist verifies all the information necessary to properly submit clean claims to Medicaid, Veterans Administration, and Commercial Insurance.  Reviews all insurance accounts on a consistent basis and will telephone customer support to expedite processing for promptness of payment.  Responsible for maintaining up-to-date Medicaid, VA, and Commercial Insurance policies and billing procedures, and maintaining Commercial Insurance current contracts.  The Commercial Billing Specialist will monitor the Charge Master updates and report any problems to the Patient Financial Services Manager.  The Commercial Billing Specialist must be able to communicate effectively and pleasantly both over the phone and in person. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The Commercial Billing Specialist position requires the incumbent possess the minimum of a high school diploma and two to three years of experience in computerized hospital...
Dec 01, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Under the general direction of their supervisor, the Registration Representative captures and verifies all the information necessary for proper and clean registration of outpatient services. Reviews and audits all registered accounts on a daily basis to ensure sufficient financial data and patient demographics was gathered to expedite processing for prompt payment of claims or self pay accounts. The Registration Representative will verify insurance and obtain and/or assist in obtaining any prior authorizations needed to authorize services and process prompt payment of claims. Will serve as a backup to the Customer Service Front Desk position. The Registration Representative must be able to communicate effectively and pleasantly both over the phone and in person. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The Registration Representative position requires the incumbent possess the minimum of a high school diploma and two to three years of experience in computerized hospital patient accounts is...
Nov 17, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Provide high quality, compassionate and ethical patient mental health/substance use services to individuals and families who are experiencing difficulties in life situations or mental health impacted by the Covid19 pandemic.   NATURE AND SCOPE: The Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Counselor will provide high quality mental health therapy to clients as scheduled. The counselor will be flexible and solutions oriented and have the ability to develop a therapeutic relationship with clients across the life span. Must be willing to work as a part of a Medication for Addiction Treatment team. Possess a positive outlook and views working with individuals and their mental health challenges as a privilege. QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS: Current Chemical Dependency Counselor 1 or higher licensure in the state of Alaska Collaborative agreement as a Counselor with South Peninsula Hospital Ability to teach mindfulness and take a holistic approach to mental health care Eligibility to be...
Nov 12, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Functions as a member of the Diagnostic Imaging team to provide clinical MRI examinations and clinical diagnostic radiology examinations as directed by physicians or radiologists in accordance with established standards and practices. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Must possess a high school diploma or GED. Graduate of an accredited program in radiologic technology. Must be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and must maintain registration with the ARRT on an annual basis. Must be ARRT certified in the specialty of MRI or registry eligible. Must have two years current experience in the area of MRI.  Must keep current with CEU credits as required by the ARRT. Demonstrated ability to lift up to 50 pounds or 25% of own body weight, whichever is less, without self injury, as well as ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time, including stooping and sitting. ENVIRONMENT: South Peninsula Hospital is a...
Nov 12, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
To provide direct patient care to pediatric through geriatric patient populations, in the perioperative setting as a valued team member and patient advocate.  Perioperative duties include, but are not limited to, scheduling surgeries, preoperative teaching to patient and family, outpatient and postoperative assessments. Intra-operative duties to include assistance during IV sedation procedures, i.e.: endoscopies.  Postoperative care includes assessments and anesthesia/surgical recovery and assistance.   NATURE AND SCOPE: The Perioperative/PACU/Pre-op Registered Nurse will be trained in the scheduling of surgeries, pre and postoperative assessments and anesthesia/surgical recovery, starting IV’s, order entry, charting, IV sedation, communication with other staff members, MD’s and Anesthesia.  He/she will be trained to assist in admission and discharge of patients, as well as assist in the day to day coverage throughout the surgical suite as indicated by the department manager....
Nov 12, 2021
Full Time
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Utilizes the nursing process to plan and provide patient care to patients according to established standards and practices.   NATURE AND SCOPE:  The Registered Nurse provides primary patient care as outlined in this position description. Standards for nursing practice have been established by the Alaska State Board of Nursing, state statute, American Nurses Association and the American Association of Office Nurses. The Registered Nurse provides care to clients of South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) in accordance with established practice standards and state and federal regulations. The Registered Nurse performs all of the activities required to provide primary patient care in the clinic setting and works in other areas as appropriate based on experience and training.     ENVIRONMENT: We invite you to join our team of professionals at South Peninsula Hospital located in scenic Homer, Alaska. As the largest employer in the community, we offer an extraordinary work/life balance, as well...