Dedicated to the well-being of the people of the Southern Kenai Peninsula and supporting the community healthcare mission of South Peninsula Hospital.


Established in 2003, South Peninsula Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the well-being of the people of the Southern Kenai Peninsula and supporting the community healthcare mission of South Peninsula Hospital.

The Foundation's volunteer Board of Trustees are community members. They work together with hospital leadership to raise funds and community awareness for projects and services that advance South Peninsula Hospital’s mission of promoting community health and wellness by providing personalized, high quality, locally coordinated healthcare.

Are you interested in becoming a board member? Email us for more info!

SPH Foundation Board of Trustees

  • Holly Dramis

    Holly Dramis

    Board Chair

  • Dotti Harness

    Dotti Harness-Foster


  • Amy Landess

    Amy Landess


  • Angie Newby

    Angie Newby


  • Tiffany Park

    Tiffany Park

    Board Member

  • Helen Armstrong

    Helen Armstrong

    SPH Service Area Board Liaison

  • Matthew Hambrick

    Matthew Hambrick

    SPH Operating Board Liaison

SPH Foundation Leadership Team

  • Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith


  • Angela Hinnegan

    Angela Hinnegan


  • Derotha Ferraro

    Derotha Ferraro

    SPH PR Director

  • Melissa Blair

    Melissa Blair

    SPH Foundation Executive Director

What We Do

Since 2010, SPH Foundation has invested more than $70,000 to sponsor nearly 80 scholarships for students to pursue careers in healthcare through the UAA Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. Email Nancy Johnson for more info about scholarships for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Allied Health fields. Your donation will help advance our goal of building a sustainable, local healthcare workforce

Unrestricted donations are the best! They enable us to direct support toward unbudgeted healthcare equipment and new opportunities as they arise. Recently, SPH Foundation purchased a wheelchair washing machine for our Long Term Care facility and contributed toward the acquisition of an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill for our Rehab department.

Started in 2023, this fund helps eliminate barriers to accessing healthcare for patients who experience difficulty getting to their medical appointments due to financial constraints. Donations to the Outpatient Emergency Assistance Fund are used to provide travel vouchers for those in need.

SPH Foundation is a proud sponsor of prizes for Homer Steps Up! walking challenge since 2017. We also provide scholarships and booklets for the Safe Sitter course which helps build safer communities by providing youth with child-care training, safety skills, and life skills.

Donations to the Healing Environment fund are used to acquire beautiful artwork and furnishings that will uplift spirits and foster health and well-being in our waiting rooms and public-facing spaces throughout the hospital and clinics. The Reflection Room and Serenity Garden are two examples of ways that gifts to SPH Foundation have helped create peaceful, comforting spaces for our patients, visitors and staff.

As renovations of our future Childcare Center move forward, philanthropic support and generosity is needed to acquire long-lasting, high quality interior furnishings and outdoor equipment that our children and educators deserve. Our goal is to create a dynamic environment that will promote our children’s own individual, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Dramatic play areas, literacy and art spaces, gross motor activities, and cozy corners will help us connect to our mission by fostering a holistic and artistic environment that nourishes the child’s head, heart, and hands.

Please considering supporting our Childcare Center as we work toward opening our doors to families in 2024. For example, gifts of the following amounts would cover the costs of:

  • $35 for a blanket for our pre-toddlers
  • $85 for a “Me-Do-It” chair for our 6-18 months children
  • $230 for a dining table for communal meals
  • $340 for a library rack
  • $1,180 for a large sand and water activity center for 4-5 year olds
  • $1,515 for a play kitchen for toddlers

Ways To Give

There are many ways individuals and families can partner with us to meet charitable giving goals. Together, we can create giving plans that maximize the impacts of your gifts today and in the future.

Of course the greatest gift we can ask for is your time and energy in helping us bring people together, evaluate the community’s greatest needs, and tackle the barriers we come across. The Foundation understands that we all have different skill sets to offer, and we welcome you sharing yours. Whether you love organizing events, communicating with people, graphic design, writing cards, or any other passion, we want to work with you!

Naturally, our time and energy is often our most precious resource. When you find yourself spread thin, we want to offer you a chance to participate with your philanthropy.

Of the diverse ways to participate with your donation of dollars, we want to work closely with you to find the best application based on your background, your passion, and giving you an overview of the existing efforts in the region. See below for a list of potential options for your gifts.

Donor - Advised Funds

For the most active philanthropist, a donor-advised fund allows you to support the issues and programs that you care about. You can recommend grants to programs and equipment throughout the year while receiving administrative support and philanthropic guidance from the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation. To learn more about the benefits of a donor-advised fund. For more information, please contact us.

IRA Charitable Distributions

A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution from your individual retirement account (IRA) to a qualified charity. You must be age 70½ or older to make a qualified charitable distribution. A qualified charitable distribution is not taxed, nor is it included in your taxable income.

If you have a traditional IRA, and you would like to help the community as a way to meet your required minimum distribution, please reach out and let us help you navigate this process.

Planned Giving

A planned gift allows you to make a meaningful difference in your community. Planned giving can support your future needs and allow you to create a legacy for the future of your community. You and your descendants may also have tax benefits by making a planned gift. Let us work with your particular situation to find the best way for you and your family to comfortably build for the future.

Healthcare Development

Let us walk you through the inner workings of our medical facility and show you how you can directly sponsor the equipment, training, and repairs necessary to keep our community healthy. We want to show you how our collaboration will be impacted by your generosity.

Unrestricted: Area of Greatest Need

Your gift to our Area of Greatest Need fund provides the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation with the most flexibility in addressing the current needs of our hospital and our community. The Foundation Board of Trustees approves the use of these unrestricted funds to purchase essential medical equipment and to support community programs.