South Peninsula Hospital
Homer, AK 99603
- (907) 235-0386
- (907) 235-0386
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:
- Perfect Score on FDA survey of digital mammography
- 5-Star Rating for our Long Term Care
- Top performing hospital in the state for “nurse-to-patient communication” scores
- Harbor Tours – Hop a water taxi on the Spit, walk or ride the Homer Spit bike trail, or take a summer guided “Creatures of the Dock” tour operated by the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies.
- Water Taxis – Custom water transportation is available from the Homer Spit to destinations across the bay including Seldovia, Halibut Cove and Kachemak State Park with access to hiking, biking, camping and kayaking.
- Bay Cruises – Enjoy a fully narrated tour of the Kachemak Bay with stops at Gull Island Seabird Rookery and Eldred Passage. Spot wildlife such as whales, bald eagles, sea otters and ducks.
- Glacier Hiking – Hop on a water taxi to Kachemak Bay State Park and hike through a boreal forest to Grewingk Glacier. Enjoy spectacular views, Grewingk Glacier Lake, and if lucky, see the ice calving off the glacier.
- Remote Camping – Kachemak Bay State Park offers five public use cabins that can be reserved through the state park office or online at the Alaska State Park website.
- Bear Viewing – by helicopter, float plane or boat, Homer is the gateway to the best bear viewing in the State of Alaska.
- Wildlife Viewing – encounter, Sandhill cranes, sea lions, seals, sea otters, whales, eagles, and moose sightings are frequent on Homer streets!
- Sea Kayaking - Take a water taxi to secluded paddling areas in one of the many covers and bays located across the bay or take guided trips from one of several outfitters for ½ day, full day or overnight.
- Bird Watching – Well-known as a bird watching destination, there are ample opportunities to spot horned and tufted puffins, red-faced cormorants, scoters, grebes, loons and eiders. Join the Kachemak Shorebird Festival the first weekend of May.
- Four-wheeling – Most people have little or no experience with ATVs, but it doesn’t matter. The guides work hard to make these trips accessible for everyone, while still giving you plenty of time to pause and enjoy your up-close look at nature.
- Paddleboarding – Enjoy a stand up paddleboarding at Grewingk Glacier Lake or on your own on the Homer Spit.
- Hiking – With over 80 miles of trails in Kachemak Bay State Park, there is something for everyone. A 4.5 miles path stretches from the beginning of the Homer Spit and ends at the tip. There are a dozen groomed and marked trails throughout the Homer area.
- Kite Surfing – With the extreme tides, kite surfing is common off the Homer Spit. But be sure to wear a wet suit.
- Eco-tours – Take a guided excursion with a naturalist and stop by a bird rookery, go tide pooling and identify sea creatures. Learn about the local habitat, volcanoes and the Kachemak Bay.
- Biking – Bike the 4.5 miles Homer Spit trail with your own bike or a bike rental, or bike one of the many paved trails around Homer and across the bay. Rent a fat bike and discover Homer’s beaches and backroads on your own or hire a guide for the day.
- Horseback Riding – Take a guided horseback adventure for ½ day or a full day, stay at overnight in a tent or bunkhouse. Even ride on the many beaches in the area.
- Halibut Capital of the World – While a variety of fish abound in our Bay, Homer is best known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World". Visitors get a thrill from hooking the large, white fish ranging in size from 25 lbs. upwards of 400 lbs. Go fishing for ½ day, full day or overnight fishing.
- Salmon Fishing – Fish year-round with runs of King (Chinook) Salmon, Silver (Coho) Salmon, Red (Sockeye) Salmon, Pink (Humpy) Salmon, Steelhead (North Pacific Salmon), and Winter Feeder King Salmon.
- Homer Spit Fishing Lagoon – The fishing lagoon is a stocked with hatchery raised King and Silver Salmon that are released and return mature with no fresh water destination for spawning.
- Deep Water or River Fishing – Other species abound in the waters of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, including rockfish and lingcod. Whether deep water or river fishing for salmon, Dolly Varden or steelhead, anglers can plan on a fun and challenging outing.
Museums & Visitor Centers
- Pratt Museum – An award-winning museum with indoor exhibits featuring native culture, science, homesteading, marine ecology, live aquaria and special exhibits year-round.
- Islands & Oceans Visitor Center – The Center houses interpretive and interactive exhibits, as well as daily films, ranger-led activities and a book store. Open year-round and free to the public.
- Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies – Enjoy a naturalist-led guided walks at Carl Wynn Nature Center, dock tour with up-close look at marine creatures, and day trips across the bay to Peterson Bay Field Station.
The Art Scene
- Art Galleries – Plenty of local art fills establishments from Pioneer Avenue to the end of the Spit.
- First Friday Gallery Walk – First Friday’s monthly features local artists showcasing their talents throughout town.
- Theater Performances – Check out the Pier One Theater on the Homer Spit.
Food & Spirits
- Winery & Brewery Tours – Check out our world-famous Winery and two Brewing Companies.
- Award Winning Restaurants – Homer is a “foodie destination” where visitors come to enjoy great food. Known throughout Alaska for an incredible selection of wonderful restaurants.
- Farmers’ Market – Open every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer featuring local crafts, local produce and food vendors.
- Pioneer Avenue – A plethora of art galleries, souvenir shops, retail establishments and places to “wine and dine.” Check out the Peonies Gardens and Art Murals along the way.
- Historic Old Town – Great dining, shopping, art gallery, day spa, consignment shop and gateway to Bishop’s Beach.
- Homer Spit – a 4.5 mile long glacial terminal moraine featuring bike trails, campgrounds, places to eat, souvenir shops.
Visit the Homer Chamber of Commerce for more information at www.homeralaska.org.