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Volunteers Needed for Emergency Preparedness Drill


South Peninsula Hospital will be the site of an emergency disaster preparedness drill happening on March 19, 20 and 21 in Homer.  The scenario will be a disaster which causes increased patient surge and a damaged facility. The three-day event will exercise the hospital’s emergency management plan, evacuation plan, and employee/community readiness.  The exercise will include a mass casualty, mass fatality, partial evacuation, and the creation of an alternate care site. 


Numerous agencies will be involved, including but not limited to South Peninsula Hospital, City of Homer Fire and Police Departments, SVT Health Clinic, Central Peninsula Hospital, Alaska Respond, Alaska Army National Guard, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, State of Alaska Public Health, and more. The exercise is being coordinated by South Peninsula Hospital and AKDHSS Hospital Preparedness Program/Emergency Operations.


Volunteers will be used as mock patients, patient’s families, affected neighbors, inquiring media and inquiring public.  Volunteer shifts range from four to 12 hours and include orientation and refreshments.  To volunteer, please contact Derotha Ferraro at South Peninsula Hospital at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with your name, available days (March 19, 20, 21) and full or half day availability.  You will be contacted with additional information.

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 and Farmers' Market Tokens!

Dr. Greg Hough, general surgeon, offers free colonoscopy consultations.  And during the month of March, 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.


Health Needs Assessment Completed

South Peninsula Hospital is one of numerous partnering agencies working together to improve community health in our local MAPP coalition (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership).  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.  The hospital's assessment report can be viewed here, or visit the project website at www.mappofskp.net to download a copy.  In addition to participating at the local level to address the findings prioritized by the community through MAPP, South Peninsula Hospital is working to address many of the findings in ways unique to hospital mission and capacity.  An SPH Implementation Strategy was approved at the Board of Directors meeting in June, 2014, which outlines some of those actions.


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