Latest stories from Alaska

A shelter that helps heal the homeless

For more than a month, John Hammarstron felt a pain in his abdomen that never seemed to go away. He had two jobs and it was a daily struggle to work through the discomfort. Soon it became so bad that he couldn’t keep his job and afford to pay rent. John ended up on the streets …
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Middle-schoolers thrive in behavioral health program

When Providence helped fund the setup of on-site behavioral health services at one of Anchorage’s middle schools, its goal was to provide access to affordable health care for young people struggling with mental health issues. A year later, the results have proven to be even more successful than organizers could have imagined …
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Therapy services help Seward kids

Rosemary Youngblood bounds into the speech and occupational therapy room at Providence Seward Mountain Haven; her flyaway hair in multiple braids and a big smile on her face. She’s heading straight for a rehabilitation ladder and hops up the steps, counting 1-2-3 until she reaches the platform. Then, back down she goes: hop-hop-hop …
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How we discover the needs of our communities

We collaborate with many partners to identify the greatest areas of need through community health needs assessments. Then our solutions are reflected in community health improvement plans. View all ››

About Providence Health & Services in Alaska

Providence Health & Services has a long history of serving Alaska, beginning when the Sisters of Providence first brought health care to Nome in 1902 during the gold rush. Today, Providence serves Alaskans in six communities – Anchorage, Eagle River, Kodiak Island, Mat-Su, Seward and Valdez – with four hospitals, nearly 30 clinics and a diverse range of community services. With more than 4,000 caregivers (all employees), Providence is the state's largest private employer.