Jet Setter Pharmacist: Where Land Ends and The Sea Begins

Posted on December 1, 2011



As a pharmacist, you have options when it comes to where you work, and at PharmacyWeek we see several pharmacy job opportunities cross desks every day that even make us want to get up and go work at these dream destinations. Jet Setter Pharmacist highlights great job openings in even better locations, and what makes these locations and employers so unique!

LOCATION: Homer, Alaska

EMPLOYER: South Peninsula Hospital

POSITION: Staff Pharmacist

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:  HOMER— It’s a humble name for a little town that is anything but ordinary. Named for Homer Pennock, a con man who arrived in 1896 and lured others to the Homer area with promises of gold, the community of Homer evolved from a coal mining town to a center for fishing, farming, ranching, and homesteading and finally to the vibrant regional economic center we see today.

Located near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer is variously described as “where the land ends and the sea begins,” “the cosmic hamlet by the sea,” an arts community, and a fishing community. Common to almost any description is an acknowledgement that Homer is situated in one of the most beautiful places in the world, with spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains, and several volcanic peaks across Cook Inlet including Mt. Augustine, Mt. Iliamna, and Mt. Redoubt.

Homer is also famous for the Homer Spit, a 4.5 mile natural spit of land extending into Kachemak Bay. Accommodating Homer’s port facilities and small boat harbor along with numerous shops, restaurants, the Nick Dudiak “Fishing Hole,” campgrounds, charter fishing and sight-seeing businesses, and other attractions, the Spit is a beehive of activity during the summer months. Commercial fishing remains a vital part of the local economy. Homer lands more halibut than any other port in the world, earning the title of “Halibut Capital of the World.”

Homer’s economy is based on more than just fishing and tourism. Marine trades are an industry cluster. The Alaska Department of Labor has noted that entrepreneurship is a key element in Homer’s economic equation. Education and health services are vital to the economy and contribute to Homer’s quality of life. Homer has become popular as a retirement community and locale for summer homes. New residents who can live anywhere they want choose Homer partly because of the beauty; partly for the arts, culture, and recreation opportunities; and partly because people here are friendly and welcoming.

Homer residents make the most of outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, hiking, skiing, kayaking, snow-machining, birding, kite-surfing, and more.  In addition to these attractions, Homer is widely acknowledged to have the best arts scene and the best restaurants of any small town in Alaska. Many of these businesses are located on Pioneer Avenue or in “Old Town” as well as on the Spit. Two other major attractions are the Pratt Museum and the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The Islands and Ocean Center serves as headquarters for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Homer has a plethora of non-profit organizations that enhance quality of life and provide wide-ranging volunteer opportunities.

It’s the unmatched natural bounty that draws most folks to Kachemak Bay and to those who come back for a repeat visit or to stay and carve out a life here, it never fails to inspire.

ABOUT THE JOB:  The South Peninsula Hospital pharmacy department has a full-time position open – perfect for candidates with hospital experience!

Staff pharmacist – $15,000 sign-on bonus

South Peninsula Hospital, located in Homer, Alaska, offers:

THE ALASKAN LIFESTYLE YOU WANT. Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture, solitude or scenery, you’ll find it here. Homer combines a small-town feel with all the services, activities and amenities you want.

A SLOWER PACE. Pursue your career while enjoying an improved quality of life. A friendly, relaxed atmosphere. A low-stress, manageable workflow. And a normal schedule, with no evening shifts.

MODERN, FULL-SERVICE HOSPITAL. We’re a 22-bed, acute care, critical access hospital with a 28-bed nursing home attached. Our newly remodeled in-patient pharmacy is USP 797 compliant, will soon be offering bedside barcode medication administration and is moving toward physician order entry.

HIGHLY COMPETITIVE WAGES AND BENEFITS. We offer a student loan forgiveness program, tuition reimbursement, health insurance, wellness program, and generous paid leave and retirement.


Doug Duncan – Director of Pharmacy 

Jessie Cashman – Human Resources 

Candidates Only – No Recruiters Please!

For more information about this job, click here.

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