A Year in Review 2019

2019 ANTHC Annual Report

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a nonprofit Tribal health organization designed to meet the unique health needs of more than 180,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people living in our state.

In pursuit of our vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world, ANTHC provides world-renowned health services. Our services include specialty medical care at the Alaska Native Medical Center, community wellness programs, disease research and prevention, rural provider training, and rural water and sanitation systems construction across Alaska.

ANTHC is a national leader in Tribal health. We are the largest, most comprehensive Tribal health organization in the United States, and Alaska’s second-largest health employer, with more than 3,000 employees. Tribal self-governance allows ANTHC to provide culturally appropriate, high-quality health services in partnership with our people and the Alaska Tribal Health System.

Our Top Stories of 2019

Throughout the year, ANTHC provides regular updates on our work and services. Our top stories from 2019 provide more information on stories from our annual report.

To stay up to date in the coming year, read the ANTHC news blog, follow us on social media or subscribe to the ANTHC Health Beat e-newsletter.

Emergency department visits in FY 2019.

THE NORTH TOWER AT ALASKA NATIVE MEDICAL CENTERBringing future health access within reach

Looking ahead, new patient care space will be needed at ANMC to continue serving patients in a safe, timely and efficient manner. Factors impacting future hospital growth needs:

  • Population: By 2030, 200,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people will rely on ANMC for specialty care, up from 180,000 people today.
  • More specialty care cases: ANTHC expanded access to specialty services, which increases our ability to provide care in-house at ANMC.
  • Continued quality: ANTHC continues to invest in technology for patient care and updates for our current facility. The North Tower is the next phase in expanding access to care.

ANMC SPECIALTY CLINIC GROWTHMore access to specialty care clinics and services

ANMC is a state-of-the-art hospital providing specialty medical services for Alaska Native and American Indian people.

Since 2011, medical specialists at ANMC have seen more patients and increased access to care with specialty clinic visits by 93%.

In 2019, ANTHC added its 36th specialty, Allergy and Immunology.

ANMC Clinic Visits Budgeted for 2020
Guest Satisfaction at Patient Housing
Travel tickets purchased in 2019


Travel Management Office and Housing staff provide patients with exceptional quality and continuously improve the travel and accommodations experience.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IMPROVEMENTSEnsuring our patients get the care they need when every minute matters

This year, improvements include:

  • ED Door to Doctor time: average of 24 minutes
  • ED Door to Discharge time was 122 minutes (national average goal is 125 min.)
  • ED nurses hold over 75 emergency specialty certifications
  • 61,898 Emergency Department visits

TELEHEALTH SERVICESAccess to care close to home

Improving access to care includes efforts to increase telehealth services, which provides our people access to specialists without leaving their home communities.

  • Store and Forward: Health information is securely shared between providers when internet speeds do not allow for video.
  • Video Teleconference: Patients and their providers video chat with specialists at ANMC or other regional hubs.

PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE WITHIN REACHANTHC Environmental Health & Engineering By the Numbers

  • 103,202 HOURS worked by 243 local laborers in 2019
  • 21 HOMES outfitted with Portable Alternative Sanitation Systems (PASS) in Mertarvik; 57 total across Alaska
  • $50 PER MONTH INSAVINGS for Kotzebue residential water and sewer customers through the Community Utility Assistance Program
Homes with first-time water service
$6.7 million
The amount of funding secured by ANTHC in 2019.

ADDRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS TO COMMUNITIESSupporting Alaska's 31 environmentally threatened communities

Projects include:

  • Newtok to Mertarvik relocation: 140 of 300 Newtok residents moved to the new community site this summer
  • Napakiak relocation: Funded coordinator position for future project work
  • Chefornak Head Start School: Design for replacement school away from erosion damage

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVESImproving care options for our communities

Behavioral and mental wellness are crucial to individual and community health in rural Alaska. ANTHC Behavioral Health initiatives include:

  • Behavioral health workforce development: Since October 2017, ANTHC increased the number of Behavioral Health Aides by 40%.
  • New behavioral health services: With the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, ANTHC is offering support for families and individuals to address substance misuse.
Community Health Aides trained by ANTHC in 2019

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND HEALTH CAREERSGrowing the next generation of health care providers

The ANTHC-APU strategic partnership is creating solutions for Tribal health needs, developing four new degree programs in:

  • Nursing
  • Health Occupations
  • Health Sciences
  • Environmental Public Health

Record Class of 10 Dental Health Aide Therapists from ANTHC and Ilisagvik College's ADTEP program in 2019

INJURY PREVENTION IN OUR COMMUNITIESHelmets On: Community health solutions from the emergency room to the classroom

Following a near fatal ATV crash in New Stuyahok, ANTHC partnered with the community and Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation to create ATV safety education.

were provided to the students who took a safety course in New Stuyahok.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONHigh-quality care in the Tribal health system

ANTHC delivers high-quality care for the benefit of our people. Often, our work meets award-winning standards. This year ANTHC was recognized as:

  • Forbes Best-In-State Employer
  • Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility
  • U.S. News & World Report "High Performing Hospital" for Orthopedics
  • World Justice Challenge for Partnering for Native Health Program

SPECIALTY CARE WITHIN REACHAlaska Native Medical Center By the Numbers

  • 1,554 Births
  • 13,537 Surgical Cases
  • 61,898 Emergency Visits
  • 8,546 Inpatient Discharges
  • 49,284 Total Inpatient Days
  • 185,130 Specialty Clinic Visits

HEALTHY LIFESTYLES WITHIN REACHANTHC Community Health Services By the Numbers

10 NEW DENTAL HEALTH AIDE THERAPISTS bringing oral health care to rural locations

4 NEW APU DEGREE PROGRAMS supporting Alaska's health needs

135 PARTICIPANTS in the inaugural Alaska Indigenous Research Program

120 STUDENTS provided with ATV helmets and ATV safety education