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Published on September 30, 2015

Altru Health System Accredited As A Primary Stroke Center

Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Stroke Center by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects Altru’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

Altru underwent a rigorous, announced on-site survey in September 18th, 2015. During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. The surveyor also conducted on-site observations and interviews. 

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Altru for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.” 

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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 $475 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.