Now is a time to reflect and appreciate those people and things in our lives we are thankful for. When we thought about all the staff who make the magic happen behind the scenes at Altru, we were inspired to create #AltruThanksU. We visited fourteen departments and snapped photos of a few employees to thank them for the job they do. Last week, we shared these on Facebook. All Altru employees contribute to ensuring our patients and fellow staff members have a positive experience during their time with us. The employees we met are shining examples of how our mission, Improving Health, Enriching Life, is carried out day-to-day.

Behind the Scenes
Many of the departments featured work behind the scenes. They don’t always have contact with our patients, but their jobs are vital to providing excellent patient care. Linen services make surgery packs and ensure clean linens are distributed throughout Altru. Grounds workers take care of Altru’s eighty acres of land and clear all the snow during the winter. Security services train officers for patient and staff security. Sally Stocker, a messenger in the mail room not only distributes mail; she mends and sews doctor and nurse uniforms.

9 Sally Stocker

Positive Attitudes
All of the employees we talked with had similar reasons about why they enjoy their jobs: their co-workers provide joy. Leah Grovum in linen services said, “I love the people I work with. I like that everyone is friendly. Even passing people in the hallways, they are all very friendly, always have a smile on their faces and always say hello.” Our values shine through. We work to meet the needs of our patients and work as a team with honesty and respect. (Learn more about Altru’s Behavior Standards.)

16 Leah Grovum

Altru employees contribute to a positive atmosphere by working hard and having positive attitudes. This includes an occasional joke or two. Julie Walberg, bio-medical secretary, attests to her co-workers’ positivity. “I love the people I work with. They make me laugh every day. They are so funny. If anyone ever has a bad day and needs a laugh, come to Bio-Med.”

19 - 20 Julie and Quinn

While speaking with Patty Nordin, catering food service worker, she added humor to our conversation, “Why have I worked for Altru for 30 years? I stayed around for the blue stone you receive for fifteen years of service! Just kidding, really I am a people person, so working in catering allows me to interact with people.”

10 Patty Nordine and Mark Brousseau

Thank You
We would like to thank all of our employees for the work they do. We would also like to thank all of those who participated in #AltruThanksU.

  • Debbie Abar, human resources supervisor
  • Melissa Arnold, human resources specialist
  • Sandy Bates, Supply revenue and reimbursement coordinator
  • David Bergstrom, staff chaplain
  • Jason Breitwieser, groundskeeper
  • Abby Jo Brown, patient access representative
  • Quinn Eggebraaten, biomedical technician
  • Mark Ellingson, pastoral care manager
  • Leah Grovum, linen associate
  • Johanna Heier, greeter
  • Roger Herlickson, greeter
  • Carlos Hidalgo, hospice chaplain
  • Beverly Jung, pastoral care department assistant
  • Kathy Langowski, learning coordinator
  • Matthew Mayes, staff chaplain
  • Penny Millspaugh, infant/child bereavement and holistic care coordinator
  • Jennifer Neis, website coordinator
  • Julia Nieuwsma, food service worker
  • Patty Nordin, catering food service worker
  • Clarence Reed, security supervisor
  • Kerwin Sletto, staff chaplain
  • Sally Stocker, messenger
  • Tim Vangrinsven, security access control coordinator
  • Julie Walberg, biomedical engineering assistant

#AltruThanksU is for all of our kind, compassionate and hardworking providers and staff. This holiday season, we would like to thank you for all the work you do to improve health and enrich life across our region. Your dedication shines through your service to our patients.

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