Pediatric Therapy Gym Open House and Art Show

peds photo 3Pediatric Therapy Services invites families to a spring open house on Wednesday, April 30 from 3-5pm.  Enjoy kid-friendly snacks and arts and crafts while parents can meet clinic staff, discuss their child's developmental stages and learn about the services offered.

On display is a new art exhibit from children of the Girassol Child Care, and newly decorated areas of the pediatric therapy services department.

Guests are invited to use the lower level Rehabilitation Department entrance accessed from Bartlett Street.

For more information call 235-0370.


Safe Kids Fair and Bike Rodeo

The annual Safe Kids Fair is set for Saturday, April 26 from 10am-2pm at the Homer High School. This is a free, fun event for children of all ages to focus on safety, health and wellness. It offers numerous booths with hands on activities and demonstrations. Loads of door prizes are given away throughout the fair, including the grand door prize of a tricycle and bicycle.

A bike rodeo will take place in the school parking lot from 10am-noon. Kids can bring their bikes and gear up for safe, summer fun. Helmets are required, and are available for purchase on site. The drunk driving go-cart is available for test drives in the parking lot from 12-2pm.

A sleeping bag drive for fellow residents in need will take place at the fair - please bring your gently used sleeping bags and pads to donate.

Highlights of the day include visits from Smokey the Bear and Safety Seal, a zumba dance demo, a presentation on dog biting, a hand wash station, a teddy bear clinic, hearing tests, givaways, and more. Numerous summer programs offer sign up tables.

The fair is an effort of the local SafeKids Coalition, made up of concerned agencies working towards injury prevention.


Greg Hough, MD, now offering Surgical Services
HoughGreg Hough, MD, provides a full range of surgical services, including the most current of minimally invasive procedures and advanced laparoscopic procedures.  He offers consult and surgery for conditions involving the breast, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, colon, liver, pancreas and rectum.
Free Colonoscopy Consults Extended through April

Dr. Greg Hough, general surgeon, is continuing to offer free colonoscopy consultations through the month of April, a savings of up to $300. And a free $20 token to the Homer Farmers’ Market will be given to every person who gets that free colonoscopy consult.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America, but with regular screening, can often be cured or prevented. Colonoscopy is the preferred screening method for colon cancer, as it allows physicians to look directly at the entire colon and to identify suspicious growths, which often can be removed before they turn into cancer. For normal-risk individuals, this short, simple procedure is recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50.

Alaska has some of the highest incidence rates of colon cancer in the nation, yet just over 50 percent of Alaskans older than 50 reports being up to date with colon cancer screenings. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 42 percent of residents in the South Peninsula Hospital service area are over 50 years old.

In addition, a healthy diet – with lots of fruits and vegetables – is an important part of reducing overall cancer risk.

For more information, or to schedule your free consult with Dr. Hough, call 235-0310.



Community Health Improvement Plan

South Peninsula Hospital is one of numerous partnering agencies working together to improve community health in our local MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Parntership).  MAPP utilizes a local health needs assessment as the foundation of a community health improvement plan, and has just completed the 2013 comprehensive health needs assessment.  Plan to attend the community meeting on May 16 to help develop our community health improvement plan.  Visit project website at to download a copy.



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