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 …

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 …

Valerie’s World-Class Experience at Altru

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Photo captured by Savannah Hayes, Valerie’s daughter, owner of In His Image Photography.

Twelve major surgeries. Twenty hospitalizations. Ten medical centers. Four states. Over the last 35 years, Valerie McGinty hasn’t been a stranger to medical care.

“I think I’m …

Cartilage Restoration Saves Sydney’s Basketball Career

Sydney Boike“Basketball teaches you to be driven, goal-oriented and disciplined,” explains Sydney Boike, a senior at Crookston High School.

Sydney has been playing basketball since she was five years old. Inspired by her dad, a former college basketball coach at Clarke …

Deep Sea Fishing with New Shoulders

Ralph's AMRalph Osterhout is looking forward to a trip to Mexico in January. Deep sea fishing is on his list of things to do, and with two brand new shoulders, he’s ready to enjoy his upcoming adventure.

Through Altru Advanced Orthopedics

ASTYM Therapy Keeps Matt Running

Astym AMMatt Mutzenberger, 48, began running three years ago. Not long after starting, he began experiencing a variety of injuries ranging from soreness to shin splints. After an initial recommendation from Dr. William Haug Jr., sports medicine, he began therapy …

Moving Marie, and Helping Marie Move

Marie KozelMarie Kozel is no stranger to hospital rooms. Car accidents, cancer, broken bones, hip replacements, blood transfusions. She’s seen more than her fair share of hospital walls in her 79 years.

On March 25, Marie was one of 13 rehabilitation …

Rejoicing Life while Welcoming Death

“Five months ago, to the day and hour, Ben and I were in the hospital lobby, planning our son’s baptism,” said Janelle Gergen. “Today, we’re sitting next to the baptism font in church talking about his birth and death. It’s …

In and Out of the ER in Under Two Hours

GraysonTen-year-old Grayson Schroeder has his future planned. He’s going to play hockey for the University of North Dakota, then professionally with the Minnesota Wild.

“I started playing hockey when I was two, and I love it,” he said. …