Intensive Care Unit


Inpatient Care

The Inpatient Units at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital provide a variety of specialized nursing care to patients of all ages. We know that visitors can offer the best medicine to help patients feel better and return home quickly. However, because patient and resident care is our primary concern, specific visiting hours have been established for each unit. 

Each unit has unique visiting hours. Please note that visiting hours listed may be altered by the nursing staff based on the patient's condition.

Our Care Units

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital operates a combined Intensive Care (ICU) and Telemetry Unit to support the advanced care needs of critically ill patients.

The only ICU in Alaska’s interior, we offer 24-hour-a-day, on-site physician coverage and have a nurse-to-patient ratio of one to three.

With state-of-the-art monitoring technologies and highly skilled nurses, many of whom are certified in critical care nursing, we deliver exceptional care that follows the guidelines established by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Patients requiring specialized heart monitoring while in the hospital stay in the combined Intensive Care/Telemetry Unit. Each patient typically wears a heart monitor which is a small box that weighs less than one pound. It sends continuous heart rate and rhythm information to monitors at the nurses’ station where the information is observed and evaluated.

Visiting Policies

  • Hours:  General visiting hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To access the ICU, please call from the phone located outside the unit before entering. 
  • After Hours:  All doors to the building are secured at 8:00 p.m. After hours, visitors may use the Emergency Department entrance.
  • For the safety of your loved ones, visitors are required to wash their hands with disinfectant soap or sanitize hands prior to entering and after leaving the patients room. Please do not visit a patient if you have a cough, cold or other signs of illness.
  • The number of visitors is dependent on the needs and comfort of the patient. We respect our patients’ right to determine who may or may not visit. Due to space limitations within our rooms, we recommend no more than two visitors at a time.
  • Visitation by children less than 12 years of age is discouraged, unless there is a parent/child relationship with the patient.
  • Due to the special environment of the ICU, we prefer not to have fresh flowers or live plants--but silk arrangements, non-latex balloons and other items of encouragement are welcome.

Medical Nursing Unit (2-South)

At Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the 2 South Medical Nursing Unit provides general medical care for geriatric, adult, and adolescent patient population with an illness or disease. The unit uses a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to create an environment conducive to healing.

Our goal is to restore the patient to self care and minimize the effects of illness and disease through patient and family education. Our nurses have years of education and training but one of their greatest strengths didn't come from a classroom - it comes straight from the heart. Our nurses provide the care and expertise essential to healing, but never forget the importance of a smile, a pat on the back or a word of encouragement.

Surgery/Orthopedic Nursing Unit (3-West)

At Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the 3 West Surgery/Orthopedic Nursing Unit provides care to patients who are acutely ill, injured or in varying stages of recuperation from diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical intervention. 

We strive to maintain an environment conducive to healing through prompt detection of emergency conditions and prevention of complications from disease. 

Pain management is one of our highest priorities, and we do what is necessary to control pain and promote patient comfort. We're committed to providing excellent patient care to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Special Procedures Unit

Our Special Procedures Unit provides a variety of surgical, medical and diagnostic services to patients of all ages.

  • Cares for 50 patients per day
  • Serves neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients
  • Examples of services include pain management procedures, patient sedation and monitoring, IV infusion therapy, endoscopic procedures, minor surgical procedures, and wound care.

Main FMH Entrance
Floors 1-3
1650 Cowles Street

2 South (second floor)
(907) 458-5260

3 West (third floor)
(907) 458-5340

Special Procedures (first floor)
(907) 458-5656

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