End of Life Decision making community forum with Dr. Giulia Tortora

South Peninsula Hospital is hosting “End of Life Decision Making”, a free community presentation on Wednesday, September 14th to discuss living wills, medical power of attorney and medical and legal components related to end of life.

Guest presenters will be Dr. Giulia Tortora, family practice physician at Homer Medical Center and Lindsay Wolter, local estate planning attorney.

The event will be from 6-8pm at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Contact South Peninsula Hospital Community Health and Wellness office at wellness@sphosp.org or (907) 235-0285 for more information.

Click here for PDF flyer.

Watch the video recording below or at this link.

Handouts:

PDF Slides of Dr. Tortora’s presentation

Alaska POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form

Alaska Advance Health Care Directive

The Five Wishes Document

Estate Planning Handout


Welcome Joe Llenos, MD, to our provider team!

Joe Llenos, MD, board certified in family medicine, is now seeing patients at Homer Medical Center. Dr. Llenos grew up in the Philippines, went to medical school at West Visayas State University, and did his Residency at The Institute for Family Health, New York. He has a particular interest in geriatric care but is ready to help patients of all ages manage chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and more. His approach is to partner with his patients to set and reach goals to optimize their health through lifestyle changes with the support of medical assistance as needed.

Dr. Llenos and his wife, Cindy, moved to Homer earlier this month from Idaho, where he spent 13 years practicing family medicine.  Healthcare and helping others run in the  family, as Cindy is a nurse, and their son is in his third year of medical school in Ohio. When not caring for others, the family enjoys hiking, mountaineering, climbing, and all things in the great outdoors. Dr. Llenos especially enjoys landscape and night sky photography.  His images emphasize the importance of nature, the night sky, and how important it is to minimize light pollution, as it disrupts biological rhythms. His photography can be seen on Instagram at Ancient_Fog_Photgraphy.  His winning essay on the importance of dark skies is featured in saveastar.net, Astro2021 competition.

Dr. Llenos was impressed with the type of patient care he saw last year during a site visit to SPH and Homer Medical, saying it is a personal approach not offered in larger healthcare systems.

Homer Medical Center is adding new providers to ensure seamless care for our patients in preparation for the transition of Dr. Christy Martinez and Dr. Sarah Roberts to full time inpatient hospital care in October.

Appointments are now being scheduled with Dr. Llenos or any of our providers by calling (907) 235-8586. Information on all of our providers can be found under the Provider Tab above.  New patients are welcome.


Homer Medical Center COVID-19 Information

Homer Medical Center is open and taking appointments for all regular services, including immunization and other preventive care. To keep our patients and staff safe and to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are currently limiting entrance to the clinic to: those with appointments and those who have completed screening by phone for our weekly after-hours clinics on Tuesdays & Thursdays (and caregivers or parent/guardian) .  Please do not enter if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. Call us for help determining if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Please help us keep our staff & patients safe: Everyone is required to correctly wear a surgical procedure mask over the nose, mouth, and under the chin when in the clinic. We are also limiting waiting area seating to allow for proper cleaning in between appointments, as well as asking all patients to wash hands upon entry of the exam rooms.

Call us at (907) 235-8586 for more information.

For complete COVID-19 testing & vaccination information, visit sphosp.org. The testing site (SPH COVID-19 Vaccine & Test Site) is currently open Monday – Friday from 9AM-5PM, in the lower level of the SPH Specialty Clinic on Bartlett Street. No appointment is needed for testing, and COVID-19 vaccinations for pediatric/adolescent patients and adults are available by appointment only on Thursdays and Fridays.  Homer Medical Center is offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment or during your currently scheduled visit.

NOTE: Your test results from the SPH COVID-19 testing clinic will only be available on the SPH patient portal, which is separate from your Homer Medical clinic patient portal. Visit this page for detailed SPH Patient Portal instructions.

I’m waiting for test results, or have received a positive test result – what do I do? CLICK HERE!


Even if you are vaccinated, it is still suggested to practice physical distancing in public, wash hands frequently, clean & disinfect regularly used surfaces, wear cloth face coverings while in public, stay home when sick, and get tested if you have been exposed or have symptoms.


Health happens here…

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Read more here…


Do you need a FAA flight, CDL, or other work exam?

Homer Medical faaflightCenter 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.

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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.

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Patient Protections Against Surprise Billing

You have rights and protections against surprise medical bills when getting treated by out-of-network providers, and you have a right to get a “Good Faith Estimate” for services if uninsured or not using insurance. See our Insurance page for more detail.