WhyChooseProvidence

Why Choose Providence

Providence Alaska Medical Center's long history of serving Alaska dates back more than 100 years to the Gold Rush when the Sisters of Providence brought health care to Nome. Today, Providence continues that mission of service by providing Alaskans with health care offered nowhere else in the state. Among our unique services are Alaska's only children's hospital and the only Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit. We also provide treatments and technologies available only at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Here are some of the reasons why Alaskans are choosing Providence:

Providence Maternity Center Expansion
The Mother-Baby Unit is only part of the new 85,782-square foot Maternity Center, which is designed to provide all aspects of maternity care. The Maternity Center project includes expansion and modernization of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit with 66 bassinets; the Prenatal Unit with 14 beds; and the Mother-Baby Unit with 31 beds. Construction began in January 2011 and was completed in 2014.

Visionary imaging technology - Hybrid OR
Physicians will now be able to conduct minimally invasive procedures on this new system to treat a wide range of clinical problems including coronary artery disease – a leading cause of heart disorders in the U.S. These catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. The benefits of catheter-based interventions include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring.

Electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU)
This program provides a second set of eyes to watch over critically ill patients in our intensive care unit. The eICU combines early warning alerts and remote monitoring technology to connect off-site critical care specialists with patients and their bedside teams. This technology is proven to reduce medical complications and improve outcomes. The eICU on the Providence Alaska Medical Center campus watches over patients at PAMC and at partner hospitals across the state.

REACH telestroke program
Every minute counts when experiencing stroke symptoms. This Web-based telemedicine program gives patients access to a neurologist remotely. A doctor specializing in stroke medicine is always on call and ready to quickly evaluate, diagnose and recommend treatment for stroke patients. Providence Alaska Medical Center has the only REACH telestroke program in Alaska, which it shares with partner hospitals across the state.

Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Providence Alaska Medical Center provides Alaska's only Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The NICU offers compassionate care to our smallest patients. The Level III NICU is the only place in Alaska equipped to care for newborn infants who are extremely premature, critically ill or require surgery.

Maternity Center Perinatal Unit
Providence Alaska Medical Center is Alaska's only provider of advanced perinatal hospital care. This special care is for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. A full staff of specially trained nurses provides close watch for both mother and unborn baby.

Maternity Center Lactation Program
As Alaska's only Baby-Friendly Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center offers a full-service lactation program, providing inpatient and outpatient support with a full range of support products through our nursing boutique.

The Children's Hospital at Providence
Alaska's only children's hospital, a "hospital within a hospital" resides at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Through The Children's Hospital at Providence, Alaska's children have access to a range of pediatric services available nowhere else in the state:

  • Pediatric anesthesia
  • Pediatric urology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric pulmonology
  • Child life specialists
  • Pediatric intensivists
  • Pediatric respiratory therapists
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Pediatric cardiology after consultation
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology
  • Pediatric nephrology
  • Pediatric developmental medicine
  • Pediatric diabetes nurse practitioners
  • Pediatric gastroenterology nurse practitioners
The Children's Hospital at Providence also hosts specialists from outside Alaska who provide a variety of services only at Providence:
  • Geneticists
  • Pediatric rheumatology
  • Pediatric muscular/spinal specialist
  • Pediatric endocrinology
  • Pediatric gastroenterology

The Providence Cancer Center
Our Cancer Center is the only commission-approved comprehensive cancer program in Alaska. We provide radiation oncology technologies available nowhere else in the state: high-dose rate Brachytherapy and Tomotherapy. We also provide The Susan Butcher Family Center, which offers support to children who have adults with cancer in their lives. Our oncology rehabilitation program is dedicated for cancer patients, and we provide a greater number of clinical trials for oncology patients than any other hospital in Alaska. Our Cancer Center also offers a free Healing Arts program for those with cancer or whose family or friends are experiencing cancer.

Behavioral Health
At Providence Alaska Medical Center, we provide the only psychiatric emergency department in Alaska along with a full range of inpatient and outpatient adult and adolescent behavior health services. We also offer the only voluntary adult behavioral in-patient health unit in Anchorage.

Laboratory Services
Providence offers the state's only laboratory for both inpatient and outpatient routine services. Among the testing available only at Providence is flow cytometry for same-day diagnosis of certain cancers and leukemia.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Providence "Puff-Ins" Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides education and exercise for patients and their families with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is one-of-a-kind in Alaska.

Providence Imaging Center
Providence Imaging Center is the only designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in Alaska. Providence Imaging Center offers the only integrated PET-CT scanner in Alaska and the only scanner that is accredited in both brain and oncology applications. Providence Imaging Center is also the only imaging center in Alaska that is accredited in all its Anchorage service offerings, including mammography, ultrasound guided breast biopsy, stereotactic guided breast biopsy, eight subspecialties of ultrasound, five subspecialties of MRI, PET-CT and CT.