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Published on November 25, 2013

Altru Recognizes National Rural Health Day: November 21

Grand Forks, N.D – Rural communities face unique health care challenges. Accessibility issues, lack of health care providers, and meeting the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions are only a few. Altru Health System’s mission to improving health and enriching life extends throughout a 17-county radius to include 200,000 residents of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Altru has developed a cohesive network of health care resources to bring high quality, specialized health care services to residents at the local level.

“Living in a rural community can make it difficult to receive care without traveling great distances. Our goal is to provide care as close to home as possible for our patients,” notes Jill Wilson, administrative director of Altru’s regional operations. “Through our collaborative relationship with critical access hospitals, regional clinics, regional long term care centers, and rural health clinics, we are working to provide patients and practitioners access to direct patient services, support technology, contracted services and professional opportunities.”

Regional Clinics

Altru has clinics positioned in 13 communities throughout the region that provide necessary family and internal medicine along with much needed specialty care. These include the communities of Grand Forks, DevilsLake, Cavalier, and Drayton, North Dakota, and Roseau, Warroad, Greenbush, East Grand Forks, ThiefRiverFalls, RedLakeFalls, Crookston, Fertile, and Erskine, Minnesota.

Rehabilitative Therapy Services

With a core focus on serving rural patients on an outpatient basis and in regional health care facilities, Altru’s Outreach Therapy team uses a comprehensive approach to treat patients of all ages and needs. Physical, occupational and speech therapists work closely with the patient’s physician, family and other team members to develop the most effective rehabilitation program possible.  Services include: athletic and sports injury management, back care and education, orthopedic rehabilitation, work management services, hand rehabilitation, women’s health services, edema management, speech, language and communication programming and pediatric services  Approximately half of the staff live in the communities or areas they serve.  Annually, outreach therapists travel over one million miles to provide these physical, occupational and speech therapy services to our patients in the area’s rural communities.