Let’s Take a Road Trip

Road-tripRemember your last road trip? Maybe it was in college, when you crammed as many friends as possible into your tiny, junker-of-a car and cruised down the open highway. Or perhaps it was with family, reminding you why you splurged on the minivan with the built-in DVD players (um, can you say lifesaver?).

Road trips are fun, but they can also be stressful. So much has to happen to make the trip go smoothly. It takes planning – making sure there’s enough gas in the tank, sandwiches in the cooler, dollars in the wallet. You also need a clear idea of where you’re going, or a GPS helping to guide you along the way. Navigating unfamiliar roads can be challenging, yet exciting.

It’s a lot like the ever-changing field of health care. We’re navigating new roads every day, deciding which path is best. That’s why it’s so important to have a mission, vision and values guiding us through the journey and keeping us moving in the right direction.

Why are We going?
Our mission, or reason for our trip, is: Improving Health, Enriching Life. That’s the core of why we do what we do. Altru Health System is here to improve health and enrich the lives of all.


Where are We going?
This is our vision: Deliver world-class health care to the residents of our region. With proper planning and hard work, we will reach our ultimate destination.


What guides us?
Our values act as our moral compass, our decision-making guide. Which direction should we turn? Which path is best for our patients, our care, our team and our communities?

  • Meeting the needs and expectations of our patients is our highest priority.
  • We provide quality care that is demonstrated to achieve the best results for patients.
  • We work as a team and treat each other with honesty, loyalty and respect.
  • We are committed to improving the health of our communities.


How will We get there?
We’re entirely capable of getting there, as long as all the elements are working together, simultaneously. Think of our four major initiatives—service, access, quality, community—as the cylinders firing up our vehicle. The pistons are the initiatives in motion; they power us throughout the journey.

Major initiatives

To reach our destination, we’ll continually refer to our map, or our strategic plan. The mission and values guide us, but the plan tells us how we are going to get there.

As with any trip, reality is we’ll meet a few bumps in the road. We’ll grow weary. The kids will fight. We may even experience a couple of ugly potholes or lengthy detours along the route.

Sometimes, we’ll need to stop for fuel, stretch our legs and take in the views. At Altru, we need certain inputs (funds, the right people) to keep us going. Remember the reason we’re here, how far we’ve come and where we’re headed. This will help us endure any setbacks.

Are you a visual learner? Envision our imaginary road trip using this infographic. (Click to view larger.)

Road Infographic

Are We there yet?
Ah, the famous road trip question. While the journey may seem long at times, the important thing is that we keep moving forward. Rather than dwelling on how far we have to go, let’s focus on the next major milestone and enjoy the journey as it unfolds.

Everyone at Altru plays a role in our journey. How do you stay focused on the big picture at work? Let us know.

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