Providence Generations

The Generations project, so named because of the Providence commitment to care for generations of Alaskans, is the modernization and expansion of Providence Alaska Medical Center. It includes renovation and expansion of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and cardiac surgery program, along with a remodel of the surgical services area.
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.
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.
Providence is committed to meeting Alaska's growing health care needs, both now and in the future. Alaska's projected population growth will expand the community's need for the services Providence provides over the next 25 years. Generations aims to address increased community need for health care services and the facility needs caused by the demands of new technology.
Quick Facts:
  • Cost - $150.3 million
  • Square Footage – renovate 100,789 sq ft; construct 85,782 sq ft.
  • Affects NICU, Prenatal and Mother-Baby Units, surgery, pharmacy, sterile processing, and materials management
  • Construction timeline - begin January 2011 (planned); complete by 2014.
Project status:
The state of Alaska has approved a certificate of need for Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Generations project.
“Generations will bring a new level of care to our smallest patients, the premature babies who receive care in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive of Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Through this project, the NICU will be expanded and modernized to include private rooms for these patients and their families. Generations will allow us to continue providing the best care possible for generations to come.”
The certificate of need provided approval for the expansion and modernization of the NICU with 66 bassinets; the Prenatal Unit with 13 beds; and the Mother-Baby Unit with 25 beds. Additionally, this renovation will include expansion of the cardiac surgery program by adding an additional dedicated operating room for cardiac surgery with hybrid technology. Generations also includes expansion and modernization of the pharmacy, sterile processing and materials management departments.
As Alaska’s largest health care provider, Providence is the only provider of many specialized health care services in Alaska, such as advanced prenatal inpatient services and the Level II/III NICU. This project expands those critical areas to serve a statewide need.
The certificate of need program is an approval process designed to “promote responsive health facility and service development, rational health planning, health care quality, access to health care, and health care cost containment.” The review process involves evaluation of the application and incorporates a period for public comment.