Drill is Now Over

UPDATE:  March 21, 2015  3:30pm


After experiencing a mudslide that destroyed the hospital and forced an evacuation and treating over 150 "mock" victims at our alternate care tent, South Peninsula Hospital has miraculously been restored to normal operations!

Thank you to the numerous volunteers, employees, emergency responders and agencies which made this multi-day exercise a success!




Volunteers Needed for Emergency Preparedness Drill

South Peninsula Hospital will be the site of an emergency disaster preparedness drill 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. 


The hospital will be open for normal business operations during the drill, however patients and visitors might expect to see tents and equipment in the parking lot, mock patients being mobilized in the hallway or parking lot, unusual overhead pages and increased traffic flow around the area.  Bartlett Street will be closed north of Fairview for anything other than local traffic.


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 20, 21) and full or half day availability.  You will be contacted with additional information.


Numerous agencies will be involved, including but not limited to South Peninsula Hospital, City of Homer Fire and Police Departments, SVT Health Clinic, Kenai Peninsula Borough, 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.

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.

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.

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