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Published on August 17, 2015

Altru’s Dr. Joel Walz appointed as Grand Forks Health Officer

Grand Forks, ND – Dr. Joel Walz, family medicine physician with Altru Health System, was appointed as the new Health Officer for Grand Forks by Mayor, Dr. Michael Brown, as of August 3, 2015.

The Health Officer is a member of the Grand Forks Board of Health and serves as the medical consultant to the Grand Forks Public Health Department. In this role, the health officer provides expertise on public health issues, including the prevention of chronic and communicable diseases, signs standing orders for health care services, and consults with public health personnel on data trends and emerging public health threats. The health officer has legal authority to abate public health nuisances and contain communicable diseases that may be present in the community including Grand Forks County.

The Grand Forks Public Health Department has had a long standing relationship with Altru Health System to provide services of a public health officer through a contractual arrangement and we greatly appreciate this collaboration.

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.