Fishtail Braids, Painted Nails & Countless S’mores | How Three Young Men Went the Extra Mile for Camp Good Mourning

Jess Gowan, a Camp Good Mourning volunteer and instructor at the University of North Dakota, wrote this open letter to the parents of Deane B., Wade and Wyatt, volunteers at the 2016 Camp Good Mourning.

CGM Volunteers

Coming from a family of …

Give It a Spin | How Biking Benefits Altru’s Renal Dialysis Patients

Biking during DialysisOne in three American adults is at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD), and approximately 26 million Americans are unaware they have this condition. Research shows obese individuals (or nearly 35 percent of American adults) are at a 23 …

What Does Community Health Improvement Look Like in the Red River Valley?

UND Med School RenderingWhat does community health improvement look like? This is a question we’ve asked ourselves as we look to continually extend our mission of improving health, enriching life, beyond the walls of the health system and into the communities we serve. …

Altru’s Behavior Standards: Integrity and Accountable

Pic with GpaI have been an employee of Altru Health System for nearly three decades. Yet, it wasn’t until this summer that I experienced having a family member as a patient at Altru for an extended period of time.

While watching my …

Finding Strength and Courage through TEARS

501 (24)-min“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 …

Impacting Our Community through Healthy Encouragement

700x700-FB_impactImproving health and enriching life often starts in our own backyard. Everyone—our families, our friends, our co-workers and ourselves—could use a little healthy encouragement now and then.

It’s an honor and privilege to positively impact health and quality of life …

Creating a Culture of High Reliability at Altru

High reliabilityIt has been well over a decade since the Institutes of Medicine published, “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Healthcare System,” sending reverberations through the healthcare community that can still be felt today. This groundbreaking report called …

Walking Around Altru, Greater Grand Forks and the World

In 2012, Quebec native Jean Béliveau finished his mission to walk around the world, 11 years after he started. For Béliveau, walking around the world started as a question and turned into a journey of discovery.

Although Altru employees aren’t …

Altru’s Diabetes Center Offers Legislative Health Screens for Sixth Consecutive Session

On January 20-21, 2015, Dr. James Brosseau, Ann Mason, Susan Streitz, Renee Barry, Jill Kroke and Janet Sherette represented Altru Health System at the State Capitol in Bismarck. The group of six from Altru’s Diabetes Center provided …