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You’ll see and hear increased helicopter traffic around South Peninsula Hospital this week, according to SPH spokesperson Derotha Ferraro.

 Guardian Flight Services is stationing medivac helicopters on the peninsula, one will be based on the helipad at the hospital. Expect touch-and-go exercises for a few days.

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Updates and information from:
Nurse Lorne Carroll from AK Department of Public Health, Chief Mark Kirko from Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Pegge Erkeneff from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Jenny Carroll from the City Of Homer.
You can access updated information anytime at the City of Homer website.  http://cityofhomer-ak.gov/

City of Homer

The City of Homer is facilitating live, weekly, local updates of information on COVID-19. Thursday, March 19, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Kirko presented updated information and took calls from KBBI listeners.

This is KBBI Homer with a weekly live call in COVID-19 update, this week with Chief Mark Kirko from the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital. Derotha starts off the conversation talking about the hospital's procedures for keeping safe.
SPH: 

Homer Medical Clinic

This is Dr. Bell from the Homer Medical Center. I would like you to join me in flattening the curve.

What does that mean?
It means taking actions now that keep the virus from spreading exponentially, avoiding the sudden dizzying increases seen in Italy and other countries. Many people who spread COVID 19 are highly contagious before they even know they are sick.

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With temperatures forecast to fall below zero this weekend, give a thought to adults, teens and children in the Homer area who sleep outside, or in their vehicles, or anywhere they can find.

Project Homeless Connect is happening at Homer United Methodist Church next Wednesday, January 29. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hot lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

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Five former nurses at Homer’s hospital allege in a lawsuit they were edged out of their jobs in favor of younger, less expensive replacements.

The former nurses – all in their 50s -- accuse South Peninsula Hospital management of forcing them out of their jobs in favor of junior replacements. They refer to it as a “scheme” to save the hospital money, which amounted to age discrimination.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect South Peninsula Hospital's comments.

A physical therapist at Homer's hospital who was demoted following allegations of sexual misconduct will keep his professional license. The therapist's accusers had appealed to the state's licensing board to take action.

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If you still need a flu shot, you’re in luck. This Saturday, the State of Alaska Section of Public Health Nursing in collaboration with numerous local organizations is offering free flu shots.

The shots will be offered during a community emergency drill. The exercise will help providers train for events where medications or vaccines need to be dispensed to every member of a community in a short period of time.

Lorne Carroll is a public health nurse for the Homer Public Health Center. He says in an emergency, the plan is to provide medicine to residents within a few days.

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South Peninsula Hospital’s new substance use, misuse and addiction task force will meet for the first time at the end of this month. The hospital is forming a group of 12 representatives from emergency services, the Homer Medical Center and the local community, among other areas.

Derotha Ferraro is the spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital. She said the task force will look at roughly 20 areas of the hospital’s care from birthing to physical therapy.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and southern peninsula residents are revisiting a contentious issue over a line. The line is a boundary just south of Clam Gulch that separates the Central Peninsula and Southern Peninsula hospitals’ service areas.

A proposal to move that line south of Ninilchik is splitting the community two: those who don’t want to pay taxes into a hospital they say they don’t use and those who want to maintain funding for healthcare on the southern peninsula. 

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will host a public hearing at the Ninilchik School Thursday evening on an ordinance that would move the Central Peninsula Hospital’s service area boundary south of Ninilchik.

The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway.

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