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Community Connection

Altru is furthering its commitment to the communities we serve by contributing to partnerships and developing programs that further enhance the well-being of all.

The essence of our commitment is displayed by the word We. "We" is more than the employees of Altru. It's the coordination of an entire region working together to improve health and enrich lives.

Altru continually seeks involvement with activities and partnerships in the region which have a common mission. Our philosophy is that by working together, all individuals are better served.

Below you will find a few ways We are working across the region to improve health and enrich life.

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Mayo Clinic Care Network

“We” introduced our relationship with Mayo Clinic and our membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This relationship brings access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients in our region.

Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics

Sanny and Jerry Ryan’s vision for further creating a better well-being for the community is being fulfilled through the inception of the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics. The first of its kind in the region, the Center will encourage individuals to think about their health through preventive measures before it comes medically necessary to seek care. The shift from treating illness to preventing disease creates a catalyst which can change the direction of a national epidemic contributing to many disease processes.

With access to key professionals, programming and state-of-the art technology, the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics will utilize genetic information to help people understand their risks, prevent, help manage and, in some cases, reduce the expression of inherited disease.

For generations, the Ryan family has been a fixture in the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks communities. Both Sanny and Jerry Ryan have committed their lives to locally supporting community activities and seeking opportunities to fill needs where they exist. They’ve also been strong proponents of health and wellness. Loyal supporters of Altru Health System, their generosity has made a significant difference to hundreds of thousands of patients throughout the region.

Sanny and Jerry Ryan’s vision of wellness leaves a legacy which benefits the community and its future generations.

Partnerships in Community Wellness

Altru Health System, the Grand Forks Park District and Altru Family YMCA have been working together to create medically based programs that encourage enhanced wellness in the community.

Throughout their long history, each organization has continually sought ways to help one another. In doing so, a healthier future is taking shape for the entire community.

These programs are featured in the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics, based in Choice Health and Fitness. Elements of the programs will also be available at Altru Family YMCA. The programs are tailored to meet the needs of each organization’s clientele and all will have a medical wellness component.

Initial programming will focus on seven key areas and will include an element of community education:

  • Move well
  • Eat well
  • Enhance
  • Relax
  • Sleep
  • Heart health
  • Prevention

The team of professionals consists of therapists, physicians, a chiropractor, dietitians, health and wellness specialists, athletic trainers and personal trainers, who all work closely to transition patients seamlessly from medical care to a wellness approach.

Altru and UND Sports Medicine Partnership

Altru has taken its partnership with the University of North Dakota to another level through the development of a world-class sports medicine program. In support of the partnership, Altru Health System has pledged a $10 million dollar gift to the University through the North Dakota Spirit | The Campaign for UND

This partnership is part of a larger initiative to improve the health of the entire region. The investment extends our educational partnership by providing a state-of-the-art laboratory for UND students to gain necessary experience in the field of sports medicine and, thus, help feed our community with needed health professionals.

A significant portion of Altru’s contribution will serve as the leadership gift for a new UND Athletics Complex, an indoor practice and competition facility. Upon completion, the building will provide space for academic and clinical studies on human performance and conditioning, which will greatly enhance the University’s role in sports medicine. The remaining portion is directed to support replacing the football turf at the Alerus Center. The gift will be paid over 30 years.

News Release: UND Breaks Ground for UND Athletics High Performance Center (9.4.2013)

Community Health Improvement

Altru is working with several leading health and fitness agencies in Grand Forks to coordinate a community health improvement project. The project begins with a community health assessment to gather information, identify needs and determine a plan of action to solve the biggest health problems in our community. Altru will work closely with Grand Forks Public Health, CVIC, the Grand Forks Park District and other health agencies.

Community Health Assessment
Community Health Needs Implementation Strategy