Altru Health System

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Altru Health System is an American healthcare provider headquartered in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Altru is a non-profit organization that serves a region with a population base of roughly 225,000. Altru employs 3,500 people including a 160+ physician medical group. Altru was formed from a merger of the former United Hospital and the Grand Forks Clinic. Altru is the second largest healthcare provider in North Dakota after MeritCare Health System in Fargo, North Dakota.

Altru's facilities include a 240-bed acute care hospital, a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital, 14 clinics across eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, and a retirement community for senior citizens (Parkwood Place). Altru has been designated as a Level II trauma center.

Altru has recently earned an award from J.D. Power and Associates.


In May of 2005, Altru Health System announced a $100 million dollar expansion and renovation of its Grand Forks campus. The project will take place over a five year period. Virtually every facility on the campus will be completely renovated and expanded. Altru has also announced the hiring of 38 new physicians and 400 other medical personnel as part of the overall plan.

For quite some time, Altru has been the only major healthcare provider in the city of Grand Forks. In April of 2007, it was announced that a new for-profit hospital called Aurora Hospital would open in Grand Forks in 2009.

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