In the late 1960’s, the only hospital available to Fairbanks area residents was St. Joseph Hospital, operated by The Sisters of Charity. The great flood of August 1967 devastated St. Joseph’s Hospital and closure of the aged and deteriorating hospital was imminent. In the Interior, times were hard, and the community didn’t want local government responsible for a new hospital. An incredible group of local volunteers envisioned a new community-owned hospital and the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation was founded - to plan, fund, construct and find an operator for the new hospital. The Hospital Foundation purchased Tanana Valley Clinic in 2008 to increase access to health care for Medicare patients in our community. Fairbanks Hospital Foundation and its visionary leaders are the reason Fairbanks has the continuum of quality medical facilities today.
Banner Health successfully operated Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Tanana Valley Clinic for many years. In 2015, the Fairbanks Hospital Foundation decided that Fairbanksans know what’s best for the Interior and the team embarked on a plan of community owned and operated facilities.
Beginning January 1, 2017, Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center became part of Foundation Health Partners, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation. Foundation Health Partners will operate all three facilities through a 15-member Board of Directors.
While the name has changed from Banner Health to Foundation Health Partners, our commitment to the community continues. At Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center, our patients and residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Community owned and now community operated – we are dedicated to providing compassionate health care for every chapter in your life story.