Published on June 27, 2016

Altru establishes Patient and Family Advisory Council

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru has recently established a Patient and Family Advisory Council. Community members are invited to be involved, who will work in partnership with health system staff to bring the voice of patients and families directly into the planning, delivery and evaluation of care. 

The Patient and Family Advisory Council provides an interactive opportunity for the voice of the patient. “The council was established to enhance the delivery of healthcare at Altru. It provides a mechanism for the community to work in partnership with hospital staff to develop and deliver the safest and highest quality care and service to patients and their families,” states Moriah Opp, patient education coordinator with Altru’s Compliance and Legal Services. The council meets monthly. 

The selection process has begun for individuals interested in participating in this council. All potential council members must submit an application for review. If selected, members will participate in Altru's volunteer orientation program. The following are further criteria:

  • May be a current or former patient of Altru (within the last three years)
  • May be a family member of a current patient
  • May be a current or former employee of Altru
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must participate in a phone or in-person formal interview.

 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.