ANTHC patient housing facility to house Alaska’s first Ronald McDonald HouseJanuary 15, 2016
When the new patient housing facility opens on the Alaska Native Health Campus in Anchorage, the ANTHC facility will also be home to Alaska’s first Ronald McDonald House on the top floor of the six-story building. ANTHC and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska (RHMC) will expand their current partnership to provide programming and activities that enhance the “home away from home” environment for families of pediatric patients at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
The partnership with RMHC will allow families to focus on the important tasks of health and recovery for their children, without worrying about a family-friendly place to stay. Activities such as exercise and education programming will provide welcome distractions in the time between medical procedures and appointments.
The new House will open in early 2017 on the sixth floor dedicated to maternal and family housing. It will have 34 rooms, each with their own bathroom, full-sized bed and sleeper chair. Other amenities at the House include common areas, a dedicated kitchen, access to a workout space and cafeteria, and a library of books for new mothers to take home. Programs will emphasize Alaska Native culture at the House, including plans for volunteer-run activities including beading, craft circles and healthy cooking classes using traditional foods.
ANTHC is pleased to welcome RMHC as a partner in our patient housing facility project that expands services and support for our people traveling to ANMC for care.
See local media coverage of the announcement:
- KTUU: Ronald McDonald House Coming to Alaska
- KTVA: Ronald McDonald House to open in Anchorage
- KNBA: Alaska Native Medical Center to host state’s first Ronald McDonald House
- KTBY: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to Get First Alaska Ronald McDonald House