How Camp Good Mourning Helps Children After Loss

CGMWhen children lose a loved one, they look for somewhere to turn, someone who will listen and help guide them through the sadness they may be feeling. Altru’s Hospice Camp Good Mourning is that place.

The only grief camp in North Dakota, Camp Good Mourning is a safe and secure environment for children six-18 years of age to explore their thoughts and feelings. The children receive support from fellow campers and volunteers.

Camp Good Mourning is held annually at Park River Bible Camp and allows for an attendance of 50 children and teens. The campers partake in activities including low adventure course, canoeing, wall climbing, recreation time, art and crafts, high ropes and campfires. Added to these activities are small group discussions, where children are encouraged to open up about their loss, how it makes them feel and how to move forward. 

Companion Approach
Camp Good Mourning curriculum is adopted from Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt’s, Companioning the Grieving Child. Dr. Wolfelt states, “As companions, we are not experts who have the answers; we look to the bereaved child to teach us about his or her grief. We do not control his or her journey by creating a treatment plan; we simply show up with curiosity and a willingness to learn and listen.”

Included in Dr. Wolfelt’s curriculum are the Grief Rights of Children. These rights help children dealing with loss state what they are feeling and understand that it is okay to feel the way they feel.

Childrens Grief Awareness Day Infographic

How You Can Help
Camp Good Mourning is funded entirely by donations, fundraisers and a $25 registration fee (waived if it’s a hardship for the family). Camp is scheduled for July 8-10, 2016.

For more information regarding camp, how to register a child, or to volunteer, please contact Sue Mairs, camp coordinator, at or 701.780.5258.

For more information regarding Altru’s Hospice care volunteer opportunities, call 701.780.1450.

Sue MairsSue Mairs, LSW is Altru’s Hospice Camp Good Mourning Coordinator. CGM has allowed her a unique opportunity to “journey with” our families and especially the children and teens. In her free time she enjoys a multitude of physical activities – yoga, walking/jogging, weight training and kickboxing.

Passionate about Patients – Greg Lapp, MD

Greg Lapp, MD, FRCSC, is known for his compassionate and understanding attitude toward patients. When asked about his approach to patient care, Dr. Lapp shared that he makes recommendations to patients as if they were a member of his own family. His own children are both a motivation and inspiration for what he does. “My children teach me patience and forgiveness that can benefit all relationships, patient or otherwise.”

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Delivering World-Class Care into 2016 and Beyond

VisionAltru’s vision – Deliver world-class care to the residents of our region – is more than just a slogan. It’s an aspiration. Every day, people come to us and put their lives in our hands. Our patients are the core of our existence.

To say our vision in other words: the people we serve deserve nothing less than the best care in the world. They are our friends, our families and our neighbors. It’s our privilege to care for them.

The Climb Ahead
One can liken our journey to delivering world-class care to that of climbing a mountain. Around the base, it’s lush and green and comfortable. We could have just stayed put. Instead, we prepared ourselves for greatness and began the trek. After a lot of hard work, we’ve reached a great mid-point. We still have lengths to go to reach the top, and we are all up for the journey together.

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Trends Shaping the Future
To guide our journey, we use our strategic plan. Before diving into the plan, it’s important to understand the external trends shaping Altru’s new strategies.

External Factors

Patient Expectations
Not long ago, we focused more on patient needs. Care was provided based on technical quality, access based on medical need and our recommendations. Today, our focus has shifted from patient needs to patient expectations. Now our patients are telling us the kind of care they want:

  • Convenience and access
  • Friendly service
  • No waiting
  • Communication and understanding
  • Options
  • Involvement
  • “Care with caring”

Aging Population
Starting in 2010, those in the baby boomer population began turning 65. The trendline for those aged 65 and older has sharply increased since then with 10,000 people each day turning 65. Not only are the people in this generation living longer, but as they age, they continue to have more complex needs. Our focus is on having enough great people to provide the care needed. All of our efforts need to have major emphasis on recruiting great new people and retaining the excellent staff we now have. (So, if you know of someone looking for a fulfilling career, please encourage them to join us on this journey.)

Resource Limitations
Going hand-in-hand with the challenges with our aging population are the resource limitations we face. Most of us were born in a time when there were four to five people in the workforce for each person on social security and Medicare. Soon, there will only be about two people working for each person on social security and Medicare. We need to be creative in determining new ways to provide care differently.

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We can look at these trends as challenges. Or, by knowing and understanding them in advance, we can instead see them as great opportunities. Using these trends, we have developed four key strategies to shape our future:

  • Build a culture of excellence and accountability: We want to deliver the best quality with the best service, employ the best people and have a healthy organization and community.
  • Forge strategic partnerships: We want to develop more strategic relationships to deliver care. We want a stronger relationship with Mayo Clinic as we work toward delivering clinical excellence. We are working to further formalize our relationships with critical access hospitals. We want to more greatly improve the health of our communities as we work closely with local agencies.
  • Grow accountable lives: We need to accept responsibility for population health. We will work to innovate care in ways that enable us to get paid to keep patients well. We want to work with insurance companies to get paid for taking care of the whole patient rather than just for the disease or sickness. 

These four strategies will continue to be supported by Altru’s pillars: people, service, quality, growth, finance and community. Every department will have goals supporting many of these pillars, which ultimately lead to the strategies and help us reach our vision. See the full picture of our goals for 2016.

What does success look like?
At NASA, when the janitor was asked what his job was, he said it’s to put a man on the moon. We may not be putting a man on the moon, but we are here for something just as incredible: we are all caregivers.

We aren’t restricted by the walls around us or the technology or the process. We are driven by our hearts and our minds to care for our patients. It starts here.

Lunn, Eric 4CDr. Eric Lunn is
Altru’s President. Outside of the office, Eric can be found spending time with his seven grandchildren.






Dave MolmenDave Molmen is Altru’s Chief Executive Officer. In his free time, Dave enjoys music, wood-working and cycling. 

Preventing Fentanyl Fatalities in the Red River Valley

Fentanyl overdose fatalities in America continue to increase, leaving a path of heartbreak with no sign of stopping in the immediate future. Our region has been touched too frequently with nearly 40 deaths in North Dakota from drug overdoses since the start of 2014, nine of which were in Grand Forks County.

Fentanyl is the most powerful opioid available to doctors and is intended to treat extreme pain and late-stage severe illness. Fentanyl in an illicit form is finding its way into street drugs, most commonly heroin. This illicit drug is being manufactured in covert labs and sold on the street in extremely potent forms – 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and an amount the size of three grains of salt can kill you.

Drug abusers or first time users may obtain a substance without knowledge of the potency or actual composition. This can quickly lead to respiratory arrest, and result in death from overdose.

This is not a drug issue that is targeting a specific socioeconomic class or age group. It is being abused by a wide range of individuals and is easy to obtain through hidden areas on the internet and purchased through virtual currency which is hard to track and detect. It can be disguised as other opiates like heroin or oxycodone, leaving unfortunate and unaware consumers with extremely powerful and increasingly fatal forms of drugs.

Parents are encouraged to:

  • Be involved with their children.
  • Get to know their friends and peers.
  • Understand what activities they are involved in.
  • Have conversations about the risks of prescription, over-the-counter and street drugs.
  • Check cell phones. Read text messages and review internet activity.

Fentanyl infographic

Drug incidents and overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate. Illicit Fentanyl has proven to be a serious threat to public health and safety. Stay engaged with your child and watch for signs and symptoms of drug use.

This message is brought to you by Altru Health System, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Police Departments, Grand Forks and Polk County Public Health and UND Health and Wellness.

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How Technology is Improving the Patient Experience

Technology and patient experienceWe know that our patients want increased convenience and access to their providers. Likewise, our providers appreciate tools that keep patients engaged in their care and overall health. With this, we are continually advancing technology to support our patients, our providers and our communities. Here are some of the ways Altru is utilizing technology to improve the patient experience.

Providing world-class care to the residents of our region requires not only a committed and talented staff, but also the technology to support the care they deliver. Through telemedicine, Altru has expanded into the region in a way we would not be able to with traditional visits.

Our specialists provide care via telemedicine at regional clinics, hospitals and nursing homes, allowing our rural patients to remain close to home. Patients benefit from improved access to the quality, specialized care they have come to expect from Altru. We will provide more than 3,500 telemedicine visits in 2015.

Upcoming Telehealth Services

  • eVisits and Video Visits will soon provide telehealth connections direct to patients at home, work or on their mobile devices. This option might be especially useful for patients with limited mobility, for patients living in rural areas or for visits that don’t require physical interaction. Care related to a specific, non-urgent problem, such as a cough, can be provided through these visits.
  • eConsults are provider-to-provider electronic consultations. eConsults will provide primary care providers access to specialists, helping them to provide advanced care and reducing the need for patients to travel for an appointment with a specialist.
  • Remote patient monitoring automatically uploads information from health devices such as glucometers, blood pressure cuffs and scales into the medical chart for daily review of physical status, helping to keep patients living with medical conditions healthy.

As we look forward, we see the patient playing a bigger role in the management of their health than ever before. We must make it convenient for them to seek care, understand their health picture and communicate with their providers in order to support this change.

MyHealth provides these tools. Our most recent report shows that we have over 72,000 MyHealth users, surpassing our goal of reaching 65,000 users by the end of the year. This proves that our patients are interested in being active participants in their healthcare, and we are constantly evolving MyHealth to allow them to do so. Recent updates to MyHealth include:

  • Medical records can now be requested and released through MyHealth.
  • Patients can schedule and cancel appointments through MyHealth.
  • More content is available, including office visit progress notes, radiology and pathology reports.

Our commitment to advanced technology has been recognized nationally by the American Hospital Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. This year, we earned a Most Wired™ award, which recognizes hospitals that leverage information technology to improve performance in the areas of infrastructure, business, quality, safety and clinical integration.

Altru has also recently been designated as a HIMSS Stage 7 facility for both its inpatient and outpatient facilities. Stage 7 healthcare organizations demonstrate superior implementation and utilization of electronic medical record systems, resulting in the true sharing, information exchange and immediate delivery of patient data to improve process performance, quality of care and safety. This designation puts us in the top 1 percent in the country for electronic medical record adoption.

These recognitions highlight Altru’s commitment to technology as a vital component of healthcare, and one that we will continue to focus on in our efforts to provide world-class care to the residents of our region.

Mark WaindMark Waind, CIO is Altru’s Chief Information Officer. In this role, Mark guides the implementation and integration of information technology throughout the health system. Mark is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer, serves as the North Dakota Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) chapter president and is a member of the Minnesota Epic User Group board of directors. Mark is active in the community as an AWANA Leader at Faith Evangelical Free Church. He and his wife, Cindy, have three sons.

Put Yourself In Their Shoes: Altru’s Behavior Standards Listen and Understand

Our days are filled with interactions and encounters with others. Some only last a couple of seconds, while others happen daily. Giving our full attention to every conversation with a patient or co-worker can be difficult, and sometimes feel burdensome. As Quint Studer says in the Great Employee Handbook, it is essential to “put yourself in their shoes.” In order to effectively listen and understand one another, we may need to view the situation from his perspective first.

Tying Your Laces
Before taking steps in another’s shoes, we first need to learn how to tie our own. As we all know, learning to tie shoes doesn’t happen overnight. Effective listening and understanding requires conscious effort. With time and dedication, the skills can be mastered.

For Janelle Porter, chronic care coordinator and medical home registered nurse, putting herself in patients’ shoes is something she has been practicing for quite awhile. “Often, we have to understand our patients’ journeys and the series of events in their life that lead to their diagnosis,” shares Janelle. Listening affirms to the patient that the medical home nurses understand what the patient is going through.

Photo of medical home staff

Pictured left to right: Nancy Brugemann (Dr. Makarem’s nurse in Internal Medicine); Andres Makarem, MD, Internal Medicine; Janelle Porter, Chronic Care/Quality Improvement Coordinator, Medical Home RN

A Team Effort
Altru’s medical home, also known as Patient-Centered Care, recently earned a 25 percent point increase in patients with vascular disease reaching optimal management over the past year, as reported in the Health Care Disparities Report (HCDR). Janelle says that all patient-centered care nurses throughout the region were influential in achieving the HCDR percentage increase. “We worked as a team and shared our ideas and successes to make the medical home program successful.”

As exemplified by this infographic, the patient-centered care team is a model of healthcare coordination centered on the patient. Janelle explains that through active listening and understanding, the patient-centered care team, “empowered patients to take control of their chronic disease and enabled them to make their own decisions about their care plan.”

Patient-Centered Care Infographic

Taking Steps Forward
Just as Janelle applied listen and understand to her daily work, we too, can utilize these behavior standards in our day-to-day interactions.

Listen: We will listen and seek to understand.

  • I will listen to show value and respect and make sure my body language is appropriate.
  • I will be intentionally present and focus my attention on the other person by removing distractions.
  • I will be patient while the other person is speaking and wait for my turn to talk.
  • I will put the other person at ease by asking open-ended questions and sitting down when possible.

Understand: We will seek to understand and respond genuinely.

  • I will take a step back and put myself in the shoes of others.
  • I will make sure others understand by explaining things in simple terms
  • I will ask questions to clarify understanding.
  • I will include the person in decision making by offering options.

So, how can we effectively listen and understand?

The answer is simple: practice, practice, practice.

After we become comfortable in our own shoes, taking a few steps in another’s will come much easier. When we are able to listen without focusing on what we are going to say next or understand without passing judgment, that is when we can truly begin to listen and understand each other.

Altru Advanced Orthopedics Opens At Altru Professional Center

It’s an exciting time of change for Altru’s orthopedics, sports medicine and sports training teams. There’s a new name, a new location and new procedures and programs now available to the residents of the Red River Valley and beyond.

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Advanced orthopedic care from Altru’s specialists helps get you back to a pain-free active and enjoyable lifestyle as quickly as possible. Altru Advanced Orthopedics delivers personalized care for the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

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Offerings of Altru Advanced Orthopedics is now located under one roof at Altru Professional Center.  The clinic space will offer a new experience for our area, with an innovative self-rooming process available to patients. At check-in, patients are given a badge to wear during their visit along with a room assignment. Providers and nurses are able to monitor all patient locations and wait times through their badges on multiple digital screens in private staff areas. The goal of this new process is efficiency and reduced wait times for patients. The new space includes seven cast bays, two x-ray rooms and 24 exam rooms.
(Special thank you to our contractors who completed this project.)

Advanced Procedures
Our orthopedics team is continually bringing advanced procedures to our region, helping patients get back to activities sooner rather than later. Some of these advanced procedures include anterior approach to hip replacement, cartilage restoration and arthroscopic superior capsular reconstruction. Offering these procedures at our local specialized orthopedic hospital, Altru Specialty Center, reduces the need for travel to top hospitals for this same level of care.

New Programs
Altru Advanced Orthopedics will offer elite training and injury prevention through a partnership with EXOS, a world renowned athletic training and human performance institute.  Sports Advantage powered by EXOS will offer youth, collegiate, pro and adult training. The program is currently located within the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics. In September, it will move to a new 5,000 square foot facility within Altru Professional Center, outfitted with synthetic turf and some of the industry’s best equipment.

For the latest information about Altru Advanced Orthopedics, visit or follow us on Facebook.

Jill WilsonJill Wilson, Altru’s Administrative Director of Regional Operations and Clinical Support Services, collaborates with physicians, staff and community members throughout the region to provide quality heath care services in their local area.


Finding Strength and Courage through TEARS

“There is an ache in my heart that will never go away,” says Tammi about the passing of her son Ryan, who died by suicide in March 2014. Despite the time passed, Ryan’s memory is as real today as it was before his death on that cold, stormy first day of spring.

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Ryan was a kind-hearted young man, who loved football, snowmobiling and spending time with family and friends. He grew up with six siblings and participated in wrestling, baseball, and football throughout high school. His love and care for others was a trait all who knew Ryan admired. He was continually thinking of others and putting others’ needs in front of his own.

Ryan’s Struggle
After Ryan graduated and moved away from home, his family began to notice a change in his demeanor. Ryan struggled with depression and anxiety, a battle he would face until the end of his life. “Ryan was in a dark place that he didn’t know how to get out of,” his mother shared. He struggled with low self-esteem and couldn’t escape the thought that his life was meaningless. On March 21, 2014, Ryan’s mind became an enemy too great to overcome.

Ryan’s passing left his family with many unanswered questions. For his mom, these questions seemed overwhelming and unending. Was there something more that could have been done to prevent Ryan from taking his life? The guilt and grief of losing a son from suicide weighed heavy on Tammi’s heart.

510Strength from TEARS
After Ryan’s death, Tammi started counseling, and that is how she heard about TEARS (Together we Educate About the Realities of Suicide). Tammi began attending TEARS’ Survivors of Suicide Support Group in April 2014.

“I walked in, and the first thing I see is that everyone is smiling. I’m thinking to myself, if they all know how I feel, how are they smiling right now?” Tammi expressed. “I sat down and others began to share their stories, and I realized that they DID understand what it was like to lose someone to suicide.  The guilt, the anger, the fear, the resentment; all common feelings other group members experienced and could relate to.”

Tammi has continued to attend the meetings, leaving every time with a renewed purpose. “I feel that I am able to focus on moving forward, and also not be afraid of what happened and not feel ashamed to talk about it.”

Tammi often reads a saying that says, “Just for today, I will remember your life Ryan with the comfort of all the treasured days and moments we shared. Just for today, I will smile no matter how much I hurt on the inside for I know that is what you would want your mom to do. Life will never be the same. The pain will never go away we just learn to go on and never lose the memories.”Necklace

In closing, Tammi shares, “You’re never going to heal fully. When you lose a child, there is a part of you that is missing forever.”

Tammi’s experience of loss and grief has been difficult; but with time and patience, she has found strength and courage through TEARS.

To this day, Tammi wears a necklace in remembrance of Ryan. The necklace includes her late son’s signature, his birth stone, Saint Felicity (the Saint for a mother who has lost a child) and the words, “Forever my Angel” inscribed on the surface of a medallion.

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Tammi and her family participated in the Walk to Remember, Walk to Support in September 2014. She explained the environment at the walk, saying, “The group was very warm, very welcoming to me. I felt the love of everybody there.”

TEARS Walk for Suicide Prevention will be September 13, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in Lincoln Park/Greenway. To donate, join a team, or learn more information, please visit

Read the poem “Just for Today” by Vicki Tushingham  >>

Exfoliation 101: Why It’s Important for Glowing Skin

700x700-FB-tempate_ExfoliationExfoliation is an important skin care step that helps our skin look and feel amazing. It is such a simple task, maybe too simple, that people often forget to do it.

Exfoliation allows us to remove the dead skin that has been sitting on the surface for far too long. By doing this, we are increasing the skin’s cell cycle, which will allow new, healthier skin to surface at a much faster rate. In return, we notice:

  • Our skin is silky smooth.
  • Our complexion is more radiant.
  • Sun damage (freckles, age spots) appears lighter.
  • Acne prone skin improves.
  • We feel better about how we look.

You don’t want to exfoliate every day, as that can be too much of a good thing. Your skin will tell you by appearing red and irritated. Ideally, you will want to have a proper home care routine that provides exfoliation and a trip to your aesthetician once a month or every other month to get a medical grade exfoliation treatment.

At home:

  • SkinTx System – a professional home care system is uses products with ingredients that loosen the glue bonds that hold the skin together, increasing that cell cycle. Some of these ingredients are: Retin-A, Retinol, Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, L-ascorbic Vitamin C, Resorcinol and Phytic acid.
  • Clarisonic Devices – use a brush head that oscillates back and forth, allowing for deep cleansing and even exfoliation. This device can be used twice a day if needed on rough skin, but most will do every other day or every third day. The Clarisonics that are mostly recommended are: Mia 1, Mia 2 and Smart Profile. (All are available at Truyu.)

Aesthetician’s Office:

  • Hydrafacials – these include microdermabrasion, which is an even form of abrasion that is more aggressive. We can also focus on blackheads by doing manual extractions. The last step of the Hydrafacial is to apply a treatment serum, which your aesthetician will help you select, and a proper sunscreen. Hydrafacials give your face that glowing, refreshed look with no downtime.
  • Chemical Peels – there are many different forms and brands of chemical peels. Consulting with your aesthetician to discuss goals and expectations is best. If your goal is a healthier glow or correcting pigment or acne scarring, we can find a chemical peel that is right for you.

With so many options available, I don’t expect the average person to be able to sort it all out. That is why we recommend scheduling a consult with us, so that we can guide you into making the best decisions for your skin goals.

Hagen, Jessi_4C_2015Jessi Hagen is a master aesthetician and certified laser technician at Truyu Aesthetic Center on DeMers. She has expert and advanced training in aesthetics and laser treatments. Outside of work, Jessi loves spending all of her free time with her husband and young daughter.

Advancing Care for Healthy Hearts

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The heart is the body’s strongest muscle. It beats 100,000 times per day, pumping 1.5 gallons of blood each minute. Your heart, along with your vascular system, which is made up of vessels that carry blood through your body, is crucial to one’s survival. When it’s not working properly, health implications can be serious. Luckily for those in our region, Altru’s Heart, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Services team combines highly specialized providers across a spectrum of services. Here’s what we’ve been working on:

Provider Outreach
Over the last few months, physicians from Altru’s Heart, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Services “took their show on the road” and visited with healthcare providers in ten different towns in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. It’s important to build relationships with providers in our service area to strengthen referrals and have them think “Altru” when needing specialized heart, vascular and interventional radiology care for their patients. Our hope is we can work as a team to align services and care in a more focused way.

PADnet and Vascular Services
Early identification of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) can prevent leg pain and amputation, but also assists in identifying those at risk for other vascular diseases, including stroke or heart attack. Altru offers screening options for PAD and now has specialized equipment – PADnet – to offer baseline screenings in primary care settings throughout the region. Using an air cuff based method to identify obstructive disease, PAD testing provides data to determine medical or surgical treatment and guides an effective treatment plan. The technology securely transmits test data and patient history for remote interpretation, saving time and eliminating the need for travel to a hospital or specialty lab for baseline testing. PADnet will be available this summer.

The CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure System, used by providers to manage patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), is now offered at Altru. The CardioMEMS™ HF System is a miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a minimally invasive procedure. The system allows patients to transmit PA pressure data from their homes to their healthcare providers, allowing for personalized and proactive management of their CHF to reduce the likelihood of an emergency room visit or hospitalization.

For more than five years, Altru’s Cardiology extended an outpatient clinic in cardiac electrophysiology. Recently, the arrhythmia service line at Altru was expanded to offer interventional cardiac electrophysiology. Patients now have access to advanced treatment of heart rhythm disorders, including diagnostic testing and catheter ablation of supraventricular arrhythmias, atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation, diagnostic electrophysiologic testing, risk stratification of sudden cardiac death and evaluation of syncope.

Specialty Clinics
Altru offers a number of specialty clinics related to heart and vascular services, including Adult Congenital Heart Defect Clinic, Anticoagulation Clinic, Chronic Wound Clinic and Cardiac Device Clinic.

Altru’s Cardiac Device Clinic provides comprehensive device management for patients with pacemakers, internal defibrillator and loop recorders to ensure optimal function. Ensuring the device is working properly is an important part of these patients’ ongoing care.

In the coming weeks, Altru’s Congestive Heart Failure Clinic will begin. It will offer education, counseling and timely physical assessments. CHF patients can be complex. Better care coordination via a dedicated clinic can reduce hospital admissions/readmissions and emergency room visits.

Altru’s Heart, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Services team of more than 15 providers across five specialties offer comprehensive heart and vascular care to the region. Combining expertise and compassion, our physicians focus on the cardiovascular health of our patients and strive to provide the best care for your heart. To learn more, visit

img-medicalservices-HagenKellyKelly Hagen, RN, is the Administrative Director of Heart & Vascular Services and Surgical & Procedural Services. She provides strategic leadership and oversight of Heart and Vascular Services; Surgery and Procedural Services; Neurology and Interventional Pain Management. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, running, and doing crossword puzzles.