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With an aging population comes an increased need for local assisted living and long-term care services. Recognizing that need, the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation purchased Careage North in 1982. Careiage North was Fairbanks' only private, long-term care/nursing home provider but the facility needed a structural and philosophical overhaul.
In 1991, the Foundation, with the help of the entire Alaska Interior Delegation, launched a communitywide effort to secure capital appropriations to replace the outdated facility. More than $2 million was donated by residents of the Interior to help fund construction of a new facility on the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital campus.
Construction began in 1992, and was completed in 1994. With the facility linked to the hospital by a connecting corridor, the campus became known as Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Center.