Community News – May 29

Scholarship winner announced

The winner of the Homer Marine Trades Association Scholarship for 2013 is Ernie Kuzman who graduated from Voznesenka High School and is attending AVTEC in the fall. The scholarship is $1,000.
He plans to study heating and plumbing and return to work in Homer.
The applications were available at the Homer area schools counselors offices. For 2014 the application is available online at
The Homer Marine Trade Association has 68 businesses as members and growing. At their first annual membership meeting in October, the group identified finding trained and qualified employees as the biggest challenge in growing local businesses.
This scholarship is to encourage young people who would prefer to work hands on in industry to get the advanced training they need. The hope is they will get training, come back to Homer and put the new skills to work here.

Time for Trails Day

Support the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park on June 8 for Trails Day 2013. This is a great chance to get across Kachemak Bay to learn, contribute, and have fun. Meet at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit at 7:30 a.m. June 8.
Volunteers will take a boat across the bay and help with trail maintenance, clearing, or beach cleanup. The requested $20 donation covers the water taxi expenses associated with transporting everyone across the Bay and also supports volunteer efforts in the park throughout the year.
Bring your own gloves, lunch, water, and hand tools if you have them. Do not bring power tools. Return trip to Homer is schedule between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sign up at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer or call Roger at 299-2246 or Melisse at 235-6688 to sign up or for any questions.

Hospital CEO honored

Robert Letson

Robert Letson

The American Hospital Association, in partnership with the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, awarded Bob Letson, CEO of South Peninsula Hospital, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award. As a 2013 Grassroots Champion Bob is recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.
The American Hospital Association created this award to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and is a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients.
Under Letson’s leadership, South Peninsula Hospital has experienced improved revenues, increased services, conducted two community health needs assessments, championed one community health improvement plan, developed a five-year strategic plan, added specialists and improved patient satisfaction. The hospital has been named a top 100 critical access hospital two years in a row during his tenure.
Letson responded to a 2009 community health needs assessment that showed 43 percent of 1,488 surveyed felt the community lacked medical specialists by expanding the hospital’s specialty clinics and recruiting additional medical and allied practitioners. He successfully led the effort to obtain Critical Access Hospital and Emergency Level Trauma IV designations.
Statewide, he is a member of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association’s leadership team, served as chair of the Small Hospital Network, chair of the Workforce Committee and is Alaska’s alternate state delegate to the American Hospital Association.
This was announced at the ASHNHA Annual Meeting in March. Bob received his award at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, on April 30.

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