Alaska Native Medical Center

Emergency Room

Who We Are and Services Provided

The ANMC Emergency Department (ED) provides full-service emergency care across the broad spectrum of illness and injury. In 2012, the ED had over 57,000 visits. The ED also helps guide medical care for Alaska Native and American Indian people living in rural communities by working closely with village health care providers.

The ED is staffed with board certified emergency physicians and nursing staff who specialize in care for patients with serious illness and injury.

Treatment for lower acuity illness and injury is provided by physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the Southcentral Foundation (SCF) ED Fast Track, which is open from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. seven days a week.

All ED patients are triaged near the ANMC ED waiting area and then will be either sent to be seen in the ANMC ED or in the SCF ED Fast Track depending on their illness or injury acuity and the time of their visit.

As Alaska’s only Level II Trauma Center, ANMC serves as the trauma referral center for all tribal health facilities statewide.

Trauma centers are hospitals that have specialists who are trained in taking care of severely injured patients. Level II Trauma Centers have trauma surgeons, orthopedists and neurosurgeons with specialized training available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take care of patients with complex and severe injuries. These centers are regularly reviewed by the American College of Surgeons and must meet or exceed national standards for trauma care.

ANMC has been recognized as the only hospital providing this level of care in Alaska since 1999.

Common Misconceptions

A common misconception is that the ED is a place to come for non-urgent/emergent services like physicals, check-ups, medication refills and non-acute problems. Please contact your primary care provider for these services.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long is the wait?

The ANMC ED does not provide medical advice to patients over the phone, nor do we disclose how long the wait time is over the phone.

Patient Resources

We recommend customer-owners contact their primary health care provider for non-emergent services and answers to questions.

Clinic Hours and Contact Information

ANMC ED: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
SCF ED Fast Track: Open 6:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. seven days a week
Phone: (907) 729-1729