About the Altru Health Foundation
Altru Health Foundation is the charitable organization that supports local, nonprofit patient care. We believe having access to high quality health care is vital to keeping communities strong.
That’s why it’s our mission to provide donors the opportunity to give back to patients in need.
Whether it’s an Angel Bear given to parents who’ve recently lossed their baby, a gas gift card to a patient travelling in from the region for cancer care, or a new wheelchair for a child who has outgrown their old one before insurance would cover it—there are endless ways for you to lift up others in the community.
A Nonprofit, Community-Owned Hospital
Altru Health System is a nonprofit, community-owned health system located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Altru reinvests all available revenues into patient care programs, equipment, facilities and medical staff. We are governed by a local board of directors who serve without pay and are most interested in putting patients before profits and community needs before returns.
Why Support Altru?
- $20 million – Each year, Altru gives over $20 million in free, unreimbursed health care to underinsured and uninsured patients.
- $350,000 – Since the creation of the fund, over $350,000 in assistance has been given to patients undergoing cancer treatments through the Filling the Gap program.
- 800 – Typically the number of new patients diagnosed with cancer each year at Altru.
- 200 – The number of Angel Bears given each year to parents who experienced the tragic loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death.
- 100% of your gift goes directly to the patient care services of your choice. The Foundation does not use any part of your gift for administrative expenses.
- 1 – It only takes one person to make a difference in the lives of our patients through a gift to Altru Health Foundation.
Improving Health, Enriching Life
Why we serve:
To support Altru Health System in fulfilling its mission of achieving optimum health for all residents in our region through the funding of technology, facilities, medical education and health care for those in need.
How we serve:
By educating, encouraging, receiving and administering individuals' and organizations' gifts and responsibly distributing charitable contributions to Altru patient care programs and services.
Whom we serve:
Any individual or organization who shares a connection with Altru Health System and a concern for quality health care.
Who we are:
An essential subsidiary 501(c)(3) corporation with its own board of directors responsible to our donors and the Altru Health System Board of Directors.
Altru Health Foundation has the privilege of being the liaison between donors and patient care needs. 100% of your gift goes directly to the patient care services of your choice. The Foundation does not use any part of your gift for administrative expenses.
Board Of Directors
Branch Manager &
Valley Car Wash
CEO Black Gold
Zimney Foster P.C.
Attorneys at Law
Lori Ressor, Ph.D.
Vice President for
Chief Financial Officer
Lunseth Plumbing &
C.L. Linfoot Company
Robin Hape, M.D.
Altru Health System
Casey Ryan, MD
Altru Health System
Altru Health System
Altru Health Foundation
Friends of the Foundation
Friends of the Foundation: Stories of Support
Friends of the Foundation is a series of stories shared by the supporters of Altru Health Foundation. Whether through monetary gifts, giving of their time or sharing their talents, our donors help us provide outstanding programs, technology and education for Altru patients and their families. Altru Health Foundation thanks these generous individuals for their passion and commitment to high quality, nonprofit health care.
Wendy Juntunen is a Friend of the Foundation
During six and a half weeks of breast cancer treatment, Wendy Juntunen made the drive from Rolla to Grand Forks five days a week. That's over 1,500 miles each week. Thankfully, Wendy received support from Filling the Gap, one of the patient assistance programs offered at Altru Cancer Center.
Find other Altru Moments at blogs.altru.org/moments.