South Peninsula Hospital


At last night's Homer City Council meeting, Homer's COVID Incident Command Team delivered their regular report to the Council. Christine Anderson, representing South Peninsula Hospital, spoke of five COVID patient admissions to SPH over the last two weeks, ten COVID-related emergency room visits over the last two weeks and, she said, about 20 clinic visits from COVID positive patients.


Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, and Jody Mastey, administrator for the SBERG loan program are the guests this week. Every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson and representatives from the Homer Unified Command answer listener questions live on the air. If you have questions for the panel, email them to

Five new COVID-19 cases break out locally

May 28, 2020

There were 13 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Alaska Thursday, with seven of them on the Kenai Peninsula. Five of those positive results were from residents of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Derotha Ferraro said four people with symptoms were tested at South Peninsula Hospital, while Laurel Hilts said SVT Health & Wellness was notified by the state that one of its test samples came back positive from someone who was not showing symptoms, but was getting a pre-surgery screening.


This week’s commentary is from Nurse Bonita Banks, Health and Wellness Educator at South Peninsula Hospital. Nurse Banks has some tips on steering clear of viruses.

For complete information on coronavirus in Alaska, go to The website is updated every day at noon.

Christina Whiting

At the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week, the borough passed a 10-year operating agreement effective January 1, 2020 with South Peninsula Hospital Incorporated, the nonprofit that provides the care in the facility that the borough owns. It was also approved by the City of Homer who owns the land.

The hospital recently received certification as a Level 4 trauma center, offered several Stop the Bleed trainings for both medical professionals and community members and received statewide recognition for staff of the Physical Therapy Department.

SPH announces new CEO

May 15, 2019
Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital announced its new CEO this week. Ryan Smith will be replacing Joe Woodin, who resigned due to “unexpected circumstances” last month.

It isn’t the first time Smith has worked on the Kenai Peninsula. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for South Peninsula Hospital in the late 1990s. Then from 2006-2011, he served as the CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

There’s a new facility in town for those who have experienced violence and sexual assault. The Center for Excellence aims to provide more comfortable and private care for both adult and children who are victims.

South Peninsula Hospital Forensic Nurse Colleen James gave a tour of the new Center for Excellence during an open house.  

“This is a room, the talking room, so that people can come in this space, and it's comfortable. It's called more of a soft interview room,” she said.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Joe Woodin is resigning just over a year since he took over the position. Woodin announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Hospital spokeswoman Derotha Ferraro said Woodin resigned due to quote “unanticipated circumstances.”

Ferraro says he helped the hospital through a transition.

“He was quickly loved by many, came to town, jumped right in and the board and staff really appreciate his service and his many contributions,” she said.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

The final vote count isn’t in quite yet, but Kenai Peninsula Borough voters overwhelmingly approved two bond propositions Tuesday that will shift both the Central Peninsula and South Peninsula hospitals’ service area boundaries.

The CPH service area will move about 15 miles south to Barbara Drive in Ninilchik. SPH’s boundary will expand to include all communities on the south side of Kachemak Bay except for Seldovia.

Shahla Farzan/KBBI

Voters across the borough headed to the polls today to cast their ballots in favor of candidates for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, service area boards and school board. Kenai Peninsula residents also weighed in on a few ballot propositions.

On the southern peninsula, incumbent Willy Dunne and businessman Troy Jones are running for the District 9 seat on the assembly.

City of Homer Planning and Zoning Department

The Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic will move ahead with the controversial construction of a new clinic near South Peninsula Hospital.  The Homer Advisory Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit to Dr. Paul Raymond, who works for Kachemak Bay Medical, for a roughly 20,000-square-foot building located between the hospital and the Homer Medical Center Wednesday.  

City of Homer Planning and Zoning Department

South Peninsula Hospital is speaking out against a proposal for a new clinic. Dr. Paul Raymond with the Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic is seeking a conditional use permit to build a roughly 20,000 square-foot clinic between South Peninsula Hospital and the Homer Medical Clinic.

The Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic is currently located off Bartlett St. The clinic  provides children’s health, wellness and preventive exams and occupational medicine, among other offerings. It’s not clear if the new clinic would provide additional services.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Voters will have a chance to decide whether to expand two hospital service areas this fall. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to pass an ordinance that will put two propositions on the ballot. One would propose to shift the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south and the other would propose shifting the South Peninsula Hospital service area to include areas on the south side of Kachemak Bay.

Medicaid backlog leaves some without insurance

Jun 13, 2018
Holly Torres

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is swamped with applications for programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and temporary assistance for families. But the backlog of applications for Medicaid is certainly the largest, and it’s hitting Alaskans with disabilities hard. Patients are often left without insurance and go weeks or even months just trying to get someone from the department on the phone.

Number of complaints against SPH dept. manager grows

May 29, 2018

Several women have brought forth allegations against a South Peninsula Hospital department manager in Homer, describing an environment of bullying and sexual harassment.


The allegations against Douglas Westphal, the former director of the hospital’s rehab department, also include one instance of alleged sexual assault. Complaints have also been filed with the state Division of Professional Licensing, the local union and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.