It’s HERE! The Morningside Hospital Patient Database

Carlson, Gustave-1When the Lost Alaskans blog went online five years ago, we began to hear from people who were searching for friends and relatives who were committed to Morningside Hospital, some as long as one hundred years ago. We hope the Morningside Hospital Patient Database will make their search easier and answer their questions.

There are three types of records available. The Quarterly Reports have diagnoses and other information on patients, the Death Certificates are those who died while at Morningside, and the court records document the commitment process. There are gaps in all of the record sets so the search continues.

The database will be formally announced in January. In the meantime, give it a try and send comments and recommendations. Click on Search Patient Records and then enter at least three consecutive letters of the patient’s last name and, optionally, any part of the patient’s first name. The database searches both the name as entered as well as alternate spellings found in the records.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority for their long-term support, especially over the past six months. The Trust made it possible for our volunteer researchers to get to record archives in Maryland, Alaska and Oregon. The entry of 45,000 records would not have been possible without Trust support.

And thanks to the volunteers who collected the information in the database. Volunteers by type of record are Meg Greene and Niesje Steinkruger (Court Records), Eric Cordingley, David Anderson and Sally Mead (Death Certificates) and Marylou Elton, Karen Perdue, Ellen Ganley and Robin Renfro (Quarterly Reports), and Deborah Smith (Alaska State Archives).

Many thanks to Doug Toelle, our project manager at Access Alaska And last, but not least, thanks to database programmer Don Kiely, web designer Jana Peirce, and data entry queen Nancy Lowe, all of whom are hugely talented and extremely patient.

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  1. Posted March 22, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I found my sister who was taken from alaska to morning side in May 1955. She is alive and living in Kenai Alaska with a care taker. We have searched for her for years, we are so happy to have found her.

  2. Jean Walter
    Posted March 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I had commented before that I had found my mother’s name. It was misspelled in the records. Her name was Genevieve but they had it spelled Genvieve Rogers. I would still like to see more detailed records if you ever run across them. Genevieve was at Morningside. Genevieve Hoover Rogers was admitted to Morningside Hospital, Portland Oregon
    16 Feb 1956

    She returned home to Spenard Alaska
    15 Aug 1956 = (about a 6 month stay)

    Genevieve was admitted to Morningside Hospital, Portland Oregon
    1 Oct 1957 = (readmitted about 13 1/2 months after her release)

    Genevieve was transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland Oregon
    23 Nov 1957.

    Genevieve was returned to Morningside Hospital 11 Dec 1957.

    Genevieve returned to Good Samaritan Hospital 20 Dec 1957

    Genevieve transferred back to Morningside Hospital 10 Mar 1958

    Genevieve passed away 5 Apr 1958.

    Second stay in Morningside and Good Samaritan Hospital = a little over 6 months before she passed away.
    Thank you again for all your time and energy put into this project

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