Farming with a Fixed-Up Shoulder | Andrew’s Altru Moment

GrottesWhen Andrew Grotte isn’t driving tractor near Thompson, N.D., he can often be found snowmobiling, hunting or riding motocross. But in the fall of 2015, Andrew’s motocross fun landed him at Altru Advanced Orthopedics in the care of Dr. Darin

Scared to Death, Waking Up to Life | Jon’s Altru Moment

Thanksgiving 2015 FamilyJon Handy awoke suddenly at 4 a.m. on February 20, 2016, with intense chest pain and shortness of breath. He knew something wasn’t right.

Scared to death, his wife, Gretchen, rushed him to Altru’s emergency room, while his 20-year-old …

Treating Himself to a New Lifestyle | Jay’s Altru Moment

In September of 2014, Jay Ekren tipped the scales at his highest weight: 475 pounds.

Growing up, Jay never struggled with weight. He stayed active and trim by playing hockey. After getting married, starting a family and building his career, …

Vascular Screenings Save Lives | Elvira’s Altru Moment

Elvira and Clint BellWhen Elvira Bell saw the television at the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics advertising vascular screenings, it immediately caught her eye.

At 59 years old, she had no major symptoms—just the occasional headache and fatigue. But …

Providing Comfort to Children through Song

Portrait of a cute little boy with stethoscopeHealthcare can be a confusing and frightening environment for a child. Altru’s child life specialist, Melissa Swenson, helps approximately 2,500 children and adolescents every year by familiarizing them with the hospital or clinic setting through exploration and play.

Recently, a …

Surviving Stroke at Age 35 | Kristi’s Altru Moment

750x750_Altru-Moments-_Longtin“I had no idea what was happening. At age 35, the last thing from my mind was the fact I was having a stroke. I wasn’t a smoker, my blood pressure had always been on the low end, and I …

Enhancing Quality of Life with Remote Patient Monitoring for Congestive Heart Failure

MarjorieEvery day at 7 a.m. Marjorie Hagen climbs up to her attic and lies on a special pillow on her spare bed. She’s checking her heart.

After retiring at age 62, Marjorie started experiencing serious leg and breathing problems. She …

Hospice. Helps. Everyone. | Caring for Our Community

700x700-FB-_Hospice-MonthWhen you think about the month of November most people think of fall or Thanksgiving and spending time with family. Most individuals do not realize November is National Hospice Month, designated to raising awareness about the high-quality care that helps …

Enjoying Life’s Simple Pleasures after Anterior Approach Hip Replacement

Pat sewingVolunteering at the local library. Walking two to three miles per day. Making quilts for the homeless. A retired high school English teacher from Hallock, Minnesota, 67-year-old Patricia (Pat) Mattson certainly likes to stay busy.

Last February, Pat and her …

Shedding Pounds, Supporting Family and Strengthening Friendship

Lost 56 lbs_1Roger Kazmierczak, 68, and Pastor Mike Schendel, 64, have been best friends for over 30 years, starting when they were youth leaders with their kids.

This past winter their friendship grew even stronger as they shed over 130 pounds collectively …