Remodeling underway at Alaska Native Medical Center inpatient pediatrics

The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), which is jointly owned and managed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation – CIRI’s nonprofit health care affiliate – began remodeling to improve the inpatient pediatric facilities. The remodel is scheduled for completion in 2014 and includes culture-centered artwork and color schemes, child-friendly decorations and updated furniture. The renovations are intended to improve comfort and convenience for children and their families with the belief that physical environment largely impacts the healing process. 
The Inpatient Pediatrics Department of ANMC’s Maternal Child Health Services Program serves nearly 1,000 children each year from observation to critical care. Advanced and newly renovated neonatal and pediatric intensive care units are equipped to deal with the most serious conditions. ANMC providers also have access to a network of pediatric subspecialists and specialty surgical services, both in Alaska and across the country, to meet additional needs related to brain, heart, liver and kidney health. 
At ANMC, each child has a team of caregivers that includes board-certified pediatricians who care exclusively for hospitalized infants and children, pharmacists, registered nurses, certified personal service assistants, respiratory therapists, dieticians, pediatric occupational and physical therapists, social workers, discharge coordinators and support staff. ANMC inpatient pediatric nurses have achieved a specialty certification rate more than twice the national average for children’s hospitals in the U.S. In addition, parents rated customer satisfaction of pediatric doctors and nursing staff among the best in the nation. 
ANMC provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical care to Alaska Native and American Indian people. For more information, visit