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Our Story

Over the years, multiple organizations have worked together to meet the needs of patients in the Red River Valley. The full story dates back to 1892, when health care was established in Grand Forks.

Mission, Vision & Values


Improving Health, Enriching Life

Altru's mission guides us in everything we do. Altru Health System is here to improve health and enrich the lives of all.

  • Why we serve: To achieve optimum health for all residents in our region.
  • How we serve: By providing health education, preventative services, early intervention and appropriate care.
  • Whom we serve: The more than 200,000 residents of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
  • Who we are: A community of over 4,000 health professionals and support staff committed to serving the region for more than 100 years.


Deliver world-class health care to the residents of our region.


Our Patients

Meeting the needs and expectations of our patients is our highest priority.

Our Care

We provide quality care that is demonstrated to achieve the best results for patients.

Our Team

We work as a team and treat each other with honesty, loyalty and respect.

Our Communities

We are committed to improving the health of our communities.

Community Service

We are devoted to improving health in the communities we serve. The broad scope of health services we provide to individuals and families who need them, regardless of their ability to pay, proves we understand that access to quality health care is vital to sustainable and successful communities.

We are involved in and contribute to a host of activities and partnerships in our region. Health care is more than our job; it’s our passion. Through our dedication to initiatives focused on charity care, education, community health improvement, research and community growth, we are able to enrich life for all. Our success depends largely on the success of the communities we serve, and we continue to seek ways to make these communities healthier, safer and more enjoyable places to live.

View our annual report which details Altru’s social responsibility.