Fisher House branch opens in Anchorage

Fisher House Opening

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Coast Guard Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, District 17 commander, and his wife Renee Ostebo share a moment with Senior Airman Joshua Crawford and his wife Rachael during the official opening of the Fisher House of Alaska located in Anchorage Feb. 17, 2012. The Crawfords are assigned to Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks and are the first tenants at the Alaska Fisher House while their newborn baby receives intensive care at Providence Alaska Medical Center. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley

Service members being treated for serious injuries, ailments and diseases in Alaska now have a resource available to them that can ease the burdens placed upon them during the recovery process.

The Fisher House Foundation, which began building free lodging for hospitalized service members’ families in 1990, recently completed the first Alaska branch of the organization. The Anchorage Fisher House, built at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, joins the more than 50 houses already established throughout America.

“We’re thrilled to dedicate this Fisher House – the first in Alaska – that will serve this community’s needs,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO, Fisher House Foundation. “Military families here in Alaska make great sacrifices and travel great distances to support their service members. Now they have a safe and welcoming place to support their loved one when dealing with a medical crisis.”

The Coast Guard played an important role in bringing the Fisher House Foundation to Alaska.

“It was Commandant Thad Allen who first approached us with the idea a couple years back,” said Fisher.

Coast Guard District 17 Commander, Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo was able to attend the grand opening of the Anchorage branch.

“The Coast Guard 17th District is proud to welcome the Fisher House Foundation to Alaska. Their devotion to caring for injured servicemen and women as they recover from illness and injury is exceptional. Their dedication to ensuring the service members families are also being cared for during the recover process is truly inspiring,” said Coast Guard District 17 Commander, Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo.