Reaping the Rewards of Weight Loss | Lucas’s Altru Moment

In October 2016, Lucas Iverson, information technology supervisor at Altru Health System, stepped on the scale at a regular doctor’s appointment.

“It said 3-0-1,’” he shares. “I got a little upset. I haven’t thought of myself as an ultra-fit or …

Goodbye Diets, Hello Mindfulness | Dawn’s Altru Moment

Dawn Battles, regional lab supervisor with Altru Clinic in Crookston, shed nearly 60 pounds in the last seven months.

For 20 years, Dawn wrestled with her weight, trying every diet possible. She lost a few pounds here and there, …

Living & Laughing Beyond Breast Cancer | Renee’s Altru Moment

Renee Amundson has spent the last 15 years working tirelessly in Altru’s Environmental Services department, keeping hospital facilities spick and span for patients and staff.

In 2013, Renee noticed a suspicious lump in her breast. At 56 years old, she …

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 Kamrin 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 …

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 …