Our History

photo of old alaska regional hospital building

Alaska Regional Hospital was born in 1963 as Anchorage Presbyterian Hospital, located at 8th and L Street downtown. This predecessor to Alaska Regional was a joint venture between local physicians and the Presbyterian Church. In 1976 the hospital moved to its present location on DeBarr Road, and is now a 250-bed licensed and accredited facility.

For more than 50 years Alaska Regional has been fulfilling the medical needs of Alaskans, continually improving the scope of services and skills available within the state. In 1994, Alaska Regional joined with HCA, giving Alaskans access to the advanced medical resources of one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers.

With more than 1,000 employees and a medical staff of over 550 independent practitioners, Alaska Regional offers a broad spectrum of health services to the community. The hospital is the designated Shriners clinic facility in Alaska, and free immunization clinics are held monthly for area schoolchildren. Other services include free prostate cancer screenings, health education seminars, community health fairs and support groups for cancer and stroke survivors. Alaska Regional is the only non-military hospital in the state with its own landing strip, allowing the hospital’s LifeFlight Air Ambulance to transport critical care patients from the plane directly the 24-hour Emergency Department. Alaska Regional even offers free valet parking to patients and visitors.

The hospital has consistently been accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading healthcare monitoring organization.

Alaska Regional is dedicated to supporting local events and organizations that promote healthcare and public safety in the state. Some of these include the Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, Blood Bank of Alaska, Abused Women's Aid in Crisis and many others.

Alaska Regional is proud of its ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality healthcare in Alaska. From starting lives to saving lives, one generation to the next. Alaska Regional Hospital.

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