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.

Why Colonoscopy Matters | Vaughn’s Altru Moment

Years ago, Vaughn Jevning of Crookston, Minnesota, enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures. Yet, hunting for polyps was never on the agenda.

“You should get a colonoscopy,” recommended Kami Macki, gastroenterology nurse practitioner, during a routine liver check-up in …

Enjoying Life as an Active Mom and Wife | Yvonne’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

Thirty-one-year-old Yvonne Fossen of Maddock, North Dakota, spent the summer of 2017 playing with her two kids for the first time in four years. In the past, she couldn’t possibly get down on her hands and knees to play. That …

Back to Baking & Time With Grandkids | Rita’s Altru Advanced Orthopedics Story

Rita Brodina spent over 25 years working as a nurse at the Good Samaritan Society in Park River. She retired in June of 2016, looking forward to spending time with her grandkids and working in her garden. Unfortunately, hip and …

Less Time Traveling, More Time Enjoying the Outdoors | Matthew’s Altru Moment

Growing up in northwestern Minnesota was like a giant playground for Matthew Sisler, an avid fisherman, hunter and overall outdoorsman.

On a Saturday in June of 2010, Matthew was at work, and his mother expected him home shortly after his …

Music Therapy + Child Life | Calming Patients, Healing Patients

Everly is a sweet and smiley toddler who happens to have MMIHS (megacycstis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome), a rare genetic syndrome. She receives music therapy and child life services during her weekly visits to Altru for dressing changes and …

No Polyp Left Behind | Randy’s Altru Moment

For the past six years, Randy Schroder of Minto, North Dakota, has been visiting Altru’s Urology Department for regular six-month check-ups. In 2011 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had tumors removed, and has been keeping a close eye …

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 …