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Published on May 23, 2016

Altru Health System Enhances Patient Education Through HeartCare™ Channel Programming

Grand Forks, N.D. - The “teachable moment” may be a new entry in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but it’s long been known as a unique opportunity in the recovery of heart disease and stroke patients. It’s also the premise behind Altru Health System’s latest patient education offering, The HeartCare Channel, a new venture from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Wellness Network.

The HeartCare Channel delivers round-the-clock educational programming designed to empower heart and stroke patients and their loved ones to better manage their care and recovery to live longer, healthier lives. Programs can be accessed on tablets, through an online portal and on a dedicated in-facility TV channel, channel 92 at Altru Health System. The on-demand feature allows patients to view programs via internet while they’re in the facility and when they go home.

“Altru is proud to offer this unique opportunity to enhance educational engagement with our patients and their loved ones at a time when they’re most in need of key information, and highly motivated to take action to improve their health,” said Lynde Quirk, RN, STEMI & Stroke Coordinator. “We think this will encourage discussion among patients, their families and their providers. Those discussions can improve understanding of the patient’s condition, steps to improve their recovery, and reduce the risk of readmission.”

In a recent survey of patients accessing programming from The Wellness Network:

  • 99 percent said they learned about important health issues
  • 97 percent said the information helped them make decisions about their health
  • 90 percent were receptive to receiving information about lifestyle changes, which is key to influencing modifiable risk factors, and
  • 71 percent felt the information from the channel made their condition less intimidating.

The HeartCare Channel will feature current educational content from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Wellness Network, as well as new information and resources for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Patients can pick the specific programs they want to view via the on-demand function.

“We strive to provide our patients with the best resources available to help them achieve optimal health,” Lynde Quirk said. “We’re excited to now have the HeartCare Channel to add to our offerings.”

Learn more about The HeartCare Channel at The HeartCare™ Channel was developed in collaboration between the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Wellness Network to improve health through education and empower heart and stroke patients to live longer, healthier lives. 

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Wellness Network

The Wellness Network (TWN) is dedicated to delivering life-enhancing wellness information to motivate patients to take action, aid hospitals in meeting accreditation and improve overall quality of health care. TWN owns and operates the largest and most comprehensive in-hospital health TV networks in the US, available in more than 2,000 hospitals and on 300,000 screens. Channels include the Patient Channel, Newborn Channel, Your NICU Baby, HeartCare Channel and MedSerenity Channel. More information about The Wellness Network and The Patient Channel can be found at  Click here for a full history of our award-winning programs.

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, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 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.