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Published on September 12, 2017

Altru Main Clinic Demolition Planned to Start September 18

Grand Forks, N.D. – Demolition inside Altru Main Clinic is planned to begin September 18, with completion estimated for the end of January. Altru is working with Rachel Contracting for demolition. Construction site fencing will not affect patient parking areas. For the safety of patients and staff, no foot traffic is allowed inside the fence. The underground tunnel access, which runs between Altru Hospital and Altru Cancer Center, will experience minimal downtime. Sound and vibration levels will be monitored continually to ensure safety and comfort for all patients and staff.

Future Master Site and Facility Planning

In 2011, Altru’s Board of Directors approved a master site and facility plan which called for the replacement of all buildings on Columbia Road. This replacement was to occur over the course of 15 years. A few months later, Altru addressed its most immediate need—private hospital rooms and increased clinic capacity—by acquiring facilities on South Washington Medical Park. After the evacuation and relocation of all services from Altru Main Clinic, Altru was able to utilize nearly all current space to its maximum capacity and also acquire additional clinic space on South Washington Medical Park. As a result, Altru is able to consider options outside of ambulatory needs for the first phase of the master site facility plan. Altru leadership is working with a national consulting company, our architect and construction manager to re-evaluate the master plan and determine the best strategy for future needs of our communities. As details are available, they will be shared with Altru’s physicians and staff and the community.

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 nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 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.