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:

South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 22, 2021
Part Time
The Barista is responsible for preparing and selling coffee drinks by following prescribed recipes and preparation techniques for coffee drinks, such as, espresso, caffe latte, cappuccino and other refreshments. NATURE AND SCOPE: The Barista position is a technical position operating within the Nutrition Services Department. The Barista reports to the Manager of Nutrition Services. ENVIRONMENT: 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 Barista can be in direct contact with hospitalized patients and health care providers. The Barista is exposed to food, grease, steam, water, detergents and other cleaning chemicals, heat, cold, and noise. There are risks of cuts, falls, burns, back injury due to lifting, and frequent temperature changes. This position requires working rotating shifts. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Must possess the minimum of a high school diploma or GED....
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 19, 2021
Full Time
The Clinic Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS) posts insurance and agency payments correctly and accurately. The CMBS works the account aging report to find open insurance claims, follow up, and corrects or re-bills when needed. Files appeals and verifies coverage and benefits for patients. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The Clinic Medical Billing Specialist position requires the minimum of a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. A Medical Billing certification is preferred along with two to three years experience in medical billing. Excellent keyboarding skills and basic knowledge of computers is required. This position requires the ability to maintain productivity through long periods working at a desk. This position must present a professional appearance, deal courteously and respectfully with patients and staff. Must be able to perform work with attention to detail, be able to post accurately, and be able to maintain strict confidentiality. ENVIRONMENT: Homer Medical Center/South...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 17, 2021
Full Time
This position, under the immediate supervision of the Laboratory Director is also supervised by the Medical Director when appropriate. The scope of responsibility is: Work closely with other laboratory employees, the Laboratory Director and Medical Director in order to maintain and enhance patient care services of South Peninsula Hospital; Perform in all areas involved in pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic testing in the laboratory. Performs testing of high and moderate complexity levels according to established procedures; Adhere to quality control policies and perform proficiency testing competently; Follow policies related to safety, infection control and chemical hygiene (requires a basic understanding of regulatory requirements as established by the various regulatory agencies such as CLIA, and OSHA; Relate and communicate competently and professionally with the supervisors and staff of other departments, physicians and patients as an official representative of the...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 17, 2021
Full Time
The Reimbursement Specialist  (Coder 2) reviews the contents of inpatient and ambulatory records identifying appropriate ICD-9/ICD-10 and CPT codes to the highest specificity using appropriate coding guidelines, thus ensuring all coded records meet SPH, State and Federal requirements. Both inpatient and ambulatory coding is performed in a timely and accurate manner to meet ethical standards, compliance audits, and appropriate statistical and disease indices data collection requirements and for optimal reimbursement. EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Medical Records Coder position requires the incumbent be at least 18 years of age with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent along with at least 2 years of previous healthcare business experience.   RHIT, CPC or CCS credentialing. If credentials are absent, must be eligible or pending.  Must have working knowledge and use of medical terminology and auditing and utilization review.    A minimum of two-years coding...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 17, 2021
Part Time
This position, under the immediate supervision of the laboratory director, is also supervised by the general supervisor, technical supervisor, and clinical laboratory scientists when appropriate. The scope of responsibility is: To perform phlebotomy and clerical duties as an employee of South Peninsula Hospital, with either laboratory or clinical home base. The clerk/phlebotomist will be cross-trained to provide coverage in the laboratory or clinical base as needed. Assignment of the phlebotomist/clerk to a base when staffing is low will be determined by acuity of base needs and per CBA guidelines. The clerk/phlebotomist is involved in pre-analytical, limited analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing in the laboratory or clinical base. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: High school graduate or equivalent Certification as a medical assistant or phlebotomist preferred Experience as a phlebotomist, drawing neonates, pediatrics, adults and geriatrics Moderate knowledge of medical and...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 17, 2021
Part Time
This position, under the immediate supervision of the laboratory director, is also supervised by the general supervisor, technical supervisor, and clinical laboratory scientists when appropriate. The scope of responsibility is: To perform phlebotomy and clerical duties as an employee of South Peninsula Hospital, with either laboratory or clinical home base. The clerk/phlebotomist will be cross-trained to provide coverage in the laboratory or clinical base as needed. Assignment of the phlebotomist/clerk to a base when staffing is low will be determined by acuity of base needs and per CBA guidelines. The clerk/phlebotomist is involved in pre-analytical, limited analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing in the laboratory or clinical base. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: High school graduate or equivalent Certification as a medical assistant or phlebotomist preferred Experience as a phlebotomist, drawing neonates, pediatrics, adults and geriatrics Moderate knowledge of medical and...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 17, 2021
Full Time
The Payroll Specialist’s primary duties are to maintain accuracy and integrity of South Peninsula Hospital financial records while assisting the general accounting staff and Director of Finance with day-to-day payroll and analytical needs of financial data. The Payroll Specialist should be able to perform all tasks independently.   NATURE & SCOPE: The Payroll Specialist position is accounting confidential position and plays a key role in the operations of the General Accounting department, working collaboratively with a team of financial professionals. The Payroll Specialist is non-exempt under the laws of FLSA. The Payroll Specialist reports to the Director of Finance.   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 the Kenai Peninsula in South-Central Alaska.  The working environment is generally pleasant, clean and well maintained.  The position requires a...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 15, 2021
Full Time
The purpose of the Medical Clinic Receptionist (Patient Account Representative I) is to support and promote the relationship between the patient and provider through pleasant and professional interaction with all clients. This position is part of a team-based approach in providing patient-centered care by maximizing productivity through efficient client scheduling, registration in CPSI, checking insurance eligibility, collecting payments, and maintaining and updating accurate patient information. The Medical Clinic Receptionist is often the first person a patient interacts with, whether it’s on the telephone or in person, therefore, must be able to communicate effectively and pleasantly. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The Medical Clinic Receptionist position requires the minimum of a high school diploma. Two to three years experience in computerized patient accounts and/or administrative assistant is preferred. This individual will possess excellent written and oral communication skills...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 15, 2021
Full Time
Under general supervision in an outpatient clinical setting, provides initial patient triage, registration, and administrative services, assists with direct patient care, and performs specialized medical procedures of a routine nature, as dictated by established clinical protocol.  CHALLENGE: The major challenge of this position is to provide administrative and clinical support to the Medical Staff, nursing staff and Clinic Manager with primary reporting to the Clinic Manager. Multi-tasking, effective organizational skills, working with clients, physicians, staff and coordinating needs within hospital departments can be a challenge. The individual needs to work quickly, efficiently and maintain a work ethic that demonstrates diplomacy and team cohesiveness while understanding customer and staff expectations. Further challenges include understanding that certain times will be more stressful and work demands may escalate. QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS: The qualified individual shall...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 12, 2021
Full Time
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. At least two years of experience is preferred. Current Alaska Physical Therapy license and C.P.R. certification are mandatory. Experience in Acute Care as well as outpatient Orthopedics required, and Pelvic Health treatment skills preferred. ENVIRONMENT: The South Peninsula Hospital is currently a 22 bed acute care facility with an attached 28 bed LTC Facility. Physical demands are moderate and may require heavy lifting, periods of prolonged standing, and ability to assist patients as needed. Working hours are 07:00 to 17:30(or 10-hour day) and rotational weekends for...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 10, 2021
Part Time
Identify and treat communication and swallowing impairments. A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) seeks to improve communication skills through vocal exercises and cognitive therapies. Patients undergoing treatment with a SLP may have an articulation, language, fluency, resonance or mechanical disorder which prevents patients from being understood, understanding others, or swallowing and managing oral intake. The SLP works with Home Health patients according to the professional standards of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Post graduate degree from an accredited university recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is required. Two or more years’ experience in Speech Language Pathology preferred.  Alaska license in Speech-Language Pathology required. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) is required. American Heart...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 08, 2021
Full Time
Provision of excellent customer service to our customers, employees, visitors and vendors while maintaining positive community relations and performing the duties of the Switchboard Operator and Front Desk reception. The Customer Service Representative must be able to communicate effectively and pleasantly both on the phone and in person. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The Customer Service 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 preferred. This individual should be able to operate such general office machines as a typewriter, computer, adding machine by touch, photocopier, FAX and multi-line switchboard phone system. This position must present a professional appearance, deal courteously and respectfully with patients, be able to learn and follow established departmental policies, be able to perform work with attention to detail, be able to maintain...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 03, 2021
Full Time
SLEEP CENTER TECHNICIAN (PCN 268) Job Description Homer, AK Full Time Work Hours: 7 PM- 7 AM, and variable as needed 2/1/2021 PURPOSE:  The Sleep Technician documents, performs and scores in-patient and out-patient sleep studies (diagnostic, therapeutic, split night, MSLT, MWT, home, pediatric to include seizure montage) throughout the night or day, collects EEG’s and performs MA duties for specialty services clinics as assigned.  The technician relays pertinent information to the Specialty Services  Manager. NATURE AND SCOPE:  The Sleep Technician reports to the Specialty Services Manager.  This individual works with the Specialty Services  manager and medical directors for each modality to assure all pertinent information has been obtained and is available for collection, analysis and interpretation of the studies and clinics.  ENVIRONMENT:  The Sleep Center is located inside the hospital. .  It is a 2 bed sleep lab located within the hospital building  in Homer, Alaska....
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 01, 2021
Full Time
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....
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Feb 01, 2021
Full Time
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...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Jan 05, 2021
Full Time
Certified surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate safe and effective invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures.  They ensure the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. NATURE AND SCOPE: The Certified Surgical Technologist's (CST) responsibilities include handling of instrumentation, supplies, and equipment necessary for surgical procedure.  They have an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon.  They possess the necessary knowledge and the ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and are constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.  The CST, acting as a second assisting surgical technologist, assists the surgeon and/or First Assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks.  This role is distinct from that...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Jan 05, 2021
Full Time
Certified surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate safe and effective invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures.  They ensure the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. NATURE AND SCOPE: The Certified Surgical Technologist's (CST) responsibilities include handling of instrumentation, supplies, and equipment necessary for surgical procedure.  They have an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon.  They possess the necessary knowledge and the ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and are constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.  The CST, acting as a second assisting surgical technologist, assists the surgeon and/or First Assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks.  This role is distinct from that...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Jan 05, 2021
Full Time
Operate radiological equipment to make clinical diagnostic x-ray films as directed by physicians or radiologist. Perform mammography exams according to established standards and practices. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:  Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Must possess a high school diploma or GED. Must have successfully completed an AMA approved Radiologic Technologist training course. Must be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Must maintain registration with the ARRT on an annual basis. Must be certified in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist specialty of Mammography. Must maintain mammography certification on an annual basis. Must keep current with continuing education credits as required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in both general radiology and Mammography.  Must meet current FDA continuing education credits requirements for Mammography certification. Demonstrated ability to lift up to 50 pounds or 25% of...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Jan 05, 2021
Part Time
The Environmental Services Technician works as a member of the Environmental Services team to assist in achieving its primary goal of maintaining the hospital and campus buildings in a clean, safe, orderly manner and providing quality laundry service. This position performs a variety of assigned housekeeping and laundry tasks in all areas of the facility and other areas as assigned; to meet, hospital, departmental and regulatory standards. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.  Additional experience may be considered in lieu of a diploma or high school equivalency.  Must be able to read, write and speak English and follow verbal and written instructions.  Must demonstrate the ability to lift and/or push and pull up to 45 lbs. and pass a Job Function Test. Must be able to perform work with attention to detail and be flexible in work assignments.  Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality of employee's,...
South Peninsula Hospital Homer, AK 99603
Jan 05, 2021
Full Time
Functions as a member of the Diagnostic Imaging team to provide ultrasound exams as directed by physicians or radiologists in accordance with established standards and practices. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:   1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. 2. Must possess a high school diploma or GED. 3. Graduate of an accredited/approved Medical Sonography program. 4. Must be ARDMS or CCI credentialed in Adult, Pediatric or Fetal Echocardiography and ARDMS credentialed in four of the following:     Abdomen, OB-GYN, Breast, RVT or other ARDMS sub-specialty. Must maintain registration with the ARDMS on an annual basis. 5. Must have a minimum of two (2) years of postgraduate clinical experience. 6. Must maintain current compliance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements for specialties as required by ARDMS. 7. Demonstrated ability to lift up to 30 pounds without self injury, as well as ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time, including stooping and...