Life after Cardiomyopathy | David’s Altru Moment

David KaulDavid Kaul worked in maintenance management and as a plant engineer for years before starting his own construction and remodeling business. For a few decades, David suffered from pain in his neck and exhaustion, never knowing why, and continued to …

Ironman & Handyman | Joe’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

Joe VBy nature, Joe Vacek is curious. He spends his days as a professor in aviation at UND and works on cutting-edge developments with unmanned aircraft. He’s also a commercial pilot, and a lawyer. He’s by no means a lazy guy. …

Dancing Through Graduation and Life | Alyssa’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

AlyssaAs Alyssa Amundson looks forward to college at NDSU this fall, she has a lot to figure out—what classes to take, where she’ll live, if she’ll find a part-time job. But there is one thing she knows for sure: she …

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 …