Published on November 27, 2018

Altru Health System Selects Chief Financial Officer

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health System has selected Sara Lusignan, CPA, MBA, as its new Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Dwight Thompson who retired in June 2018. Lusignan brings over ten years’ experience in finance leadership, most recently having served as Vice President of Finance at Aspirus, Inc., a non-profit community driven health system and Chief Financial Officer for Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

As Vice President of Finance at Aspirus, Inc., she led an integrated system with 7,600 employees in 14 counties including four hospitals in Michigan, four hospitals in Wisconsin, 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and helicopter transport, medical goods, nursing homes and affiliated physicians with operating budgets of $200 million to over-site of annual net operating revenue of $1 billion. Prior to that role she served as regional director of finance for Sanford Health in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Brad Wehe, current COO and incoming CEO states, “It is imperative to add knowledge and expertise to our team as we move forward with our bold new era and embark on building our new hospital. Sara has a proven track record in healthcare finance and will add value to our existing operation while strategically leading our organization into the future."

Lusignan is a Bemidji, Minnesota, native and graduate of Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science in accounting and a master of business administration and rural healthcare administration from St. Scholastica College. She states, “I am excited to join a passionate team committed to advancing the delivery of high quality healthcare in the Grand Forks region, partnering with our communities to improve population health, and supporting the development of innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our patients and their families.”

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a regional-owned, integrated system with a general 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 300 providers and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $550 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.