About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, non-profit, integrated health system headquartered in Grand Forks, ND. With more than 180 physician on staff throughout our main campus and regional clinics, we offer comprehensive medical services in all areas of primary care, including family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine. Our specialists, trained in more that 40 areas, offer expertise and peace of mind when dealing with complex medical issues.

Take Good Care, Before It Breaks | Lynn’s Vascular Screening Story

Lynn in TractorWhen it comes to farm equipment, Lynn Niemann, of Crystal, N.D., has a general rule of thumb: Take good care of it before it breaks, and if it’s already broken, fix it. Lynn took a similar approach to his health …

Living Pain-Free, Not Fun-Free | Ron’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

Ron T RakingIn 1999 Ron Thramer had rotator cuff surgery on his right arm. Over the years, the work that had been done had slowly deteriorated, and he was living life in pain.

“I kept putting it off,” explained Ron. “I lived …

From a Bad Cold to Life Support, and Back to Normal | Denae’s Altru Moment

denae-and-terry-photoIn spring of 2016, Denae Bayne of Newfolden, Minnesota, thought she had a bad cold. After a diagnosis of common bronchitis, she was sent home with medicine.

Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Denae was feeling lethargic and gloomy. In …

One Last Dance | Fulfilling Marvin’s Final Wish through Altru’s Hospice

Dancing with DaughterAfter arriving home from their daughter Tanisha’s fourth grade graduation, Olisa and Marvin Charboneau were visiting about how great the day was. Marvin stated this would be the last graduation or event he would attend. Most fathers dream of one …

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