In the 1940s, the U.S. Indian Health Service began providing health care for Alaska Native people. In November 1953, the 400-bed Anchorage Medical Center of the Alaska Native Service opened in Anchorage. The facility was built to care for Alaska Native people suffering from tuberculosis, a huge epidemic in rural Alaska at the time.
By 1998, ANMC’s transition to Alaska Native ownership was completed with its transfer to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation. Today, ANMC has become a world leader in health care where advanced technology meets human caring. ANMC is also a gathering place where longtime friends celebrate life events, learn ways to maintain wellness and simply visit one another.
The Alaska Native Medical Center has a unique history of services, care, culture and family. In November 2013, the ANMC celebrated its 60th anniversary. Read some of the inspiring stories about ANMC’s history and the people who are part of the history below.