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At the Alaska Native Medical Center, we’ve been busy continuing to care for our people during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also made some changes since your last visit. The next time you visit our campus, be aware: All patients are screened at the door and asked to wear face coverings. Please bring yours with you.Staff are wearing face coverings at all times.Clinic waiting room spaces are rearranged to ensure proper physical distancing.The rotunda remains closed and other public seating areas ...


The COVID-19 Testing at ANMC drive-thru and walk-up locations have introduced a new online registration tool. Thank you for your patience as we move to online registration for COVID-19 testing! Wait times may be increased during the first week of rollout, but as more people register in advance, we look forward to offering patients and their household members a faster way to get a COVID-19 test. How it works1. From your smartphone, home computer or another device that connects to ...


The Alaska Native Medical Center Oncology Clinic recently added nurse navigators as a new resource for Oncology patients and their families to better support them and help them navigate the beginning of their cancer journey. Nurse navigators support, advocate for, and educate patients from the time of their initial diagnosis until their first appointment with Oncology. Since this process typically takes 2-4 weeks, they are a resource for each Oncology patient until the patient has an established plan of care, ...


More than 60% of our patients travel from outside the Anchorage area for specialty care, which requires diligent work and assistance from our Travel Management Office (TMO) teams. Each day, our TMO travel agents and prior authorization specialist teams coordinate travel and logistics for hundreds of patients from across Alaska. The Travel Management Office (TMO) is comprised of 43 employees in four distinct sections who each work in different ways to serve and advocate for the people we serve. For ...


The Patient Housing Department provides lodging for patients receiving care at ANMC who live outside the 90-mile radius of Anchorage— more than 60% of ANMC’s patients travel from outside the Anchorage area for care.The 23-person Patient Housing department coordinates lodging accommodations for ANMC beneficiaries and is also a preferred Medicaid Hotel. The department works diligently to contact all patients arriving in Anchorage and confirms their lodging location and dates of stay, assists guests in reserving Medicaid Hotels, ensures meals are ...


The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium received grant funding for a new pediatric simulation dolls and training from the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF) Foundation. The new pediatric simulation dolls are also known as high-fidelity manikins. These dolls incorporate the latest in computer hardware technology and can be programmed to provide a realistic full-body patient presentation. Training with these high-fidelity dolls can be used in high-stakes learning scenarios such as mock codes, simulates seizures, or mass-casualty incidents. Students’ shared that the ...


The Alaska Native Medical Center is experiencing a significant increase in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Concurrently, the rising numbers of people impacted by community spread of COVID-19 is impacting the staffing levels of essential health care workers, who must quarantine or isolate after infection or exposure. If this trend continues, our hospital will not have the physical bed space or staff available to provide the level of care our community will likely need.“The best and most efficient way to increase ...


In October, during a virtual session of the annual Heroes in Health awards, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) honored ANTHC’s Alaska Blanket Exercise workshop with an Area and Regional Impact Award in Outstanding Service for their invaluable service to Indian Country in behavioral health and cultural understanding. The Alaska Blanket Exercise was developed in 2018 in partnership with KAIROS, a Canadian organization with a similar educational tool. Launched in early 2019, trained facilitators walk participants through the interactive learning ...


The Fall 2020 Mukluk Telegraph newspaper is now online featuring health and wellness tips, including information about keeping your woodstove healthy, handwashing tips, how to find your COVID-19 test results and more! The Mukluk Telegraph is the official newspaper of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. At ANTHC, we are continuously working to protect and care for our community throughout Alaska while we address the COVID-19 pandemic and other health concerns. As of now, the Mukluk Telegraph has moved from ...


Dr. Christina Anagick Darby, ANMC Sleep Medicine Medical Director, recently received the President’s Award for Health from the Alaska Federation of Natives. The President’s Health Award is given to an Alaska Native who has improved health care for Alaska Natives. Dr. Darby is Inupiaq and Tlingit, a Tribal Member of the Native Village of Unalakleet and a shareholder of the Bering Straits Native Corporation, who nominated her for this award. Dr. Darby has worked at ANMC since 2016. She completed ...