South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center are working closely with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and numerous state and local agencies in our response to the rapidly-emerging outbreak of COVID-19. Visit the state’s case count website for daily updates, information and case counts.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings while in public. See simple ways to do this, and safe practices for putting on, taking off an laundering at home.
Free COVID-19 Testing offered on the Homer Spit – UPDATED INFORMATION
South Peninsula Hospital is offering free COVID-19 testing at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit daily (except Wednesdays) through Saturday, June 13, from 9am-5pm. There is no charge to the individual for testing. This testing is offered only to individuals who fit one of the following criteria:
- working in critical infrastructure or the fishing industry,
- have had recent travel out of state,
- have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19,
- they have new onset of any symptom related to COVID-19,
- have a provider referral.
Results should be available within 48 hours via the hospital’s patient portal. No appointments are necessary. Individuals are asked to provide a driver’s license or state I.D., email address, social security number and phone number to register, and show an insurance card if insured. The pavilion is located at the top of ramp two, near the public restrooms at the Homer Harbor.
Three easy ways to test!
Choose from: 1) Call your provider*, 2) Call the hospital COVID nurse at 235-0235 or 3) Just show up at the hospital’s main entrance parking lot
*Calling your provider is recommended, but not required.
See our Frequently Asked Questions for complete information on how we are preparing for and responding to COVID-19, and how this might affect you or your loved ones.
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Matthew Swain, DO (pictured above with wife Stephanie Swain, BSN, RN, BSHA) has practiced primary care for 15 years, most of that at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where he held leadership positions of Senior Medical Officer of Branch Clinics, Wounded Warrior Battalion Surgeon, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and General Practice Physician. Swain received his medical degree at Midwestern University, and did his residency training at Naval hospitals in Pensacola, Florida, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The Swains moved to Anchorage in 2017 following a trip to Alaska when they fell in love with Homer and made a commitment to one day call this home. They arrived in Homer last week with their two teenage daughters, a Great Dane dog and two Maine coon cats. Matthew Swain is now seeing patients at Homer Medical Clinic.
Kathryn grew up in Homer and after twelve years away came home to live in this wonderful community. Kathryn attended college in Seattle and studied nursing and French. After working as a hospital-based registered nurse, she became an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse-Midwife through Frontier Nursing University. We are happy to announce that Kathryn will be assisting Homer Medical’s West Wing with Midwifery calls and in the clinic beginning in February, 2020.
Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.
We are happy to announce that we now have our full selection of influenza vaccines available. We have regular dose vaccine for ages 6 months and over. We have high dose vaccine for ages 65 and over. And we have an intranasal mist for ages 2 through 18. Please call to schedule an appointment Mondays or Fridays, when we have extra Flu Fighting Fairies ready to assist. We can all help to keep our community healthy!
Preventive health care can help you stay healthier throughout your life. For many people, certain preventive health care is now free, with no copays or deductibles. Learn about the preventive care that you and your loved ones need and ask your healthcare provider what health care you need to stay healthy.
Our mission is to provide personalized, respectful and evidence-based effective care to all our patients.
Homer Medical Center’s physicians and nurse practitioners have the education, training and experience in treating a wide range of medical conditions. We treat people throughout their lifespan. Services include pediatric, men’s and women’s health care, Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, illness and acute care, Chronic Disease Management, behavioral medicine, diagnostics and more.
Homer Medical Center provides work related exams for FAA flight physicals, Coast Guard physicals, Kenai Peninsula Borough workers and others.
Homer Medical Center’s certified Medical examiners are listed with the National Registry and are able to perform CDL physicals as required by the Department of Transportation.