Elmer E. Gaede, M.D., Tanana Public Health Services Hospital, 1958, Tanana, Alaska

From 1957 – 1959, my father was the Medical Officer in Charge (MOC) at the Public Health Services Hospital in Tanana, Alaska. Those were two of my best childhood years. Ever since that time, Tanana has had a special place in my heart — and I return whenever possible. In 2009, the hospital was demolished. This was sad for many people, including me. I felt honored when the Indian Health Services (IHS) asked me to help compile and develop a commemorative booklet. In August 2012, three years of hard labor culminated in the Development, History, Community & Cultural Significance of the Tanana Hospital Complex. This is one of the most meaningful projects I’ve ever worked on. To read these stories, including one by my sister, Mishal  Gaede,  go  to:  http://www.prescriptionforadventure.com/docs/TananaBooklet.pdf

Sharing lunch, an Pilot Boy crackers, with Josephine Roberts, who had worked at the hospital, and who knew my parents. We are eating in what was the Tanana hospital nurses quarters and is now is elder housing. 2009.

Tanana Hospital, 2009, before it was torn down.