Altru Health System Names Next President
Grand Forks, ND – Kris Compton, Chairperson of Altru Health System’s Board of Directors, announced today that Dr. Eric Lunn, Altru’s Chief Medical Executive, will assume the position of President, effective January 1, 2015. Altru’s current president, Dr. Casey Ryan, announced in May he would step down from the position at the end of 2014.
“A combination of factors makes Dr. Lunn the right person for the job, including his work in pediatrics, his longevity with the organization and his leadership in roles with Altru and within our community,” said Compton. “He provides a diverse perspective because of his experiences, and we are confident he is well suited and prepared to lead Altru Health System.”
“I’m very humbled by the decision of our Board of Directors to allow me to serve as President of Altru Health System,“ said Dr. Lunn. The Board is made up of great community leaders, as well as my colleagues, and I thank them for this honor. I’ve been here 27 years and three days. It’s a great place to work. We have a wonderful staff, and day in and day out, all 4,200 of us work to provide excellent health care for Northeast North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.”
“Health care is in a state of turmoil, and I think it’s an exciting time to be in leadership,” he continued. “We have to become more innovative. Altru Health System is a very stable organization, and yet, we need to continue to change and evolve in the way we care for patients. We have to do more with less. We must continue to improve the quality of our patient experience in our quest to deliver world-class care.”
As President, Dr. Lunn is responsible for providing the overall leadership to Altru Health System. He will continue his role as a practicing physician in pediatrics.
About Dr. Lunn
A graduate of North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Lunn completed his pediatric residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He began his medical career at United Hospital in 1987, serving many positions, including Chair of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff. Dr. Lunn continued practicing in pediatrics as United Hospital became Altru Health System in 1997.
Dr. Lunn has been published on a variety of topics, including child behavior, immunizations and the implementation of a mandatory flu shot program within a health care system. He has testified before the North Dakota State Legislature, championing bills dealing with childhood immunizations and care for mothers and children.
In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Lunn is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has been active in the Greater Grand Forks community, volunteering time the Grand Forks Public Schools, United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area, Calvary Lutheran Church and Make-A-Wish North Dakota.
About Altru Health System
Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $450 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.