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The last walls have been built and the final touches are being prepared for the six-story, 202-room patient housing facility to welcome its first guests in January 2017. Earlier this month, ANTHC obtained the certificate of occupancy from the Municipality of Anchorage, which has allowed ANTHC staff to begin filling the guest rooms with the amenities that will truly make it a home away from home for the 60 percent of ANMC patients that travel to Anchorage for their care. ...


Every baby born in Alaska undergoes a series of tests just before they leave the hospital to go home. A small blood sample is collected from the baby’s heel and sent to a laboratory for testing that targets about 50 conditions. These routine tests are done to identify any possible disorders in the baby’s body chemistry. In July, the State of Alaska launched a new DNA test to better identify babies born with a gene variant known as CPT1A Arctic ...


ANMC opened a discharge lounge in the Quyana House last week. The new discharge lounge has been designed to improve efficiency with hospital flow while providing a comfortable place for our patients to relax while waiting for transportation back home. The lounge is available for patients 18 years or older being discharged from ANMC and waiting for a ride or travel papers. Our patient’s escort is also welcome to wait in the lounge with them. The newly remodeled lounge is ...


The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) identified a cluster of invasive Group A Streptococcus infections caused by a new strain (emm-type, emm-26) and released an Alaska Public Health Advisory notice.  This strain was recently described in several media stories and has led to 4 deaths in Fairbanks and Anchorage. A predominant number of these cases have affected the local Anchorage homeless population. Group A Streptococcus (Strep) may cause a wide range of illness, including colonization without illness, ...


Each year, the March of Dimes (MOD) Alaska Chapter honors Alaska’s exemplary registered nurses whose leadership and contributions make a significant impact in their community and in the profession of nursing by giving Nurse of the Year Awards. ANTHC leadership is proud to announce that Elizabeth “Dawn” Geest, RN Case Manager in the ANMC Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, earned Nurse of the Year honors in the category of Case Management/Care Coordination, recognized as a nurse who uses a collaborative process ...


The first phase of construction to replace the flooring in the ANMC front entrance and gathering area is complete and the front entrance is now open for regular use. The Information Desk and Central Registration have also moved back to their original locations near the front entrance. Construction work will continue in front of the craft shop and a detour will be necessary to access the main elevators. This project removes the uneven slate tile flooring and replaces it with ...

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