Our Nursing Philosophy
To our patients
We promise to know you, hear you, and deliver exceptional, compassionate care to help ease your way, keeping you informed through every step of your health journey. We will not only teach you, but learn from you, engage with you and heal you.
To our caregivers
We promise to listen to you, engage you in patient care while taking the time to know you. We will both learn from you and teach you and provide support to empower you in your career. Providence has a long history of serving Alaska, beginning with the Sisters of Providence serving the poor, sick and vulnerable in French-speaking territories in eastern Canada in 1843. The Sisters of Providence – Sister Mary Conrad, Sister Rodrigue, Sister Lambert and Sister Mary Napoleon – first brought health care to Nome in 1902 during the Gold Rush. This pioneering spirit set the standard for modern health care in Alaska and formed the foundation for Providence's growth as the state's leading health care provider.
Since the opening of the Holy Cross Hospital in Nome, the Providence Alaska’s growing success led to the opening of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fairbanks in 1906 and Providence Hospital (now Providence Alaska Medical Center) in Anchorage in 1938. As a base camp for the construction of the Alaska Railroad and with a population of around 3,000 people, Anchorage was in dire need of adequate health care and competent nurses.
The original Providence Alaska Medical Center was a three-story building on a square block at Eighth and L Streets two blocks from Cook Inlet and consisted of four or five doctors, which was considered much too large for the needs of the city at the time. Since then, the hospital has grown to a staff of over 3,000 and a space of 681,281 sq ft.
Most recently, the Alaska State legislature acknowledged the Sisters of Providence by proclaiming 2002 as the “Sisters of Providence Year.” Today, Providence Alaska Medical Center serves over 140,000 patients throughout the Anchorage area, including the poor and vulnerable.