Published on March 01, 2018

Altru’s Board of Directors appoints Brad Wehe as new CEO

Longtime CEO Dave Molmen announces his retirement

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health System announced today that its Board of Directors has chosen Brad Wehe as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Wehe will succeed Dave Molmen, current CEO, who has announced his retirement. Molmen will continue in his role until the end of this year and work alongside Wehe to fully integrate him into the responsibilities as CEO. 

The leadership succession plan has been in development for the past two years through the work of Molmen, Altru President Dr. Eric Lunn, the executive team, and Altru’s Board of Directors. This work ensures continuation of Altru’s mission and vision, as well as its Bold New Era in Care. 

“Brad Wehe is a dynamic leader who understands all dimensions of the healthcare landscape, from clinical operations to patient care and the daily challenges of Altru’s physicians and staff,” states Kris Compton, chair of Altru’s Board of Directors. “He was instrumental in the launch of Altru’s New Era, and is well on the way to making it real. Dave’s vision for improving the health of our communities is unparalleled, and Brad is ready to move that vision forward.” 

Altru’s Bold New Era is a commitment to the region’s physical and economic health. It includes the completion of a brand new 21st century hospital, expanded clinic and emergency services, and extensive deployment of new technology. It also expands efforts in population health to engage with residents throughout their lives to keep them well.  

Wehe says he’ll build on the foundation for community commitment that Molmen began. “I’m looking forward to being focused and assertive on a well-defined strategy along with building upon more innovation and creativity which will enhance the delivery of care that we provide our patients across the region,” states Wehe. 

About Brad Wehe

Brad Wehe began with Altru Health System in 1989 and has served in leadership positions since 1991 as Manager of Outreach Therapy Services and Occupational Medicine and then Administrative Director of Regional Operations. In 2011, he became Altru’s Chief Operating Officer.  Wehe led Altru through the successful and immediate reorganization of more than 40 clinic practices, imaging, procedural and support services following the structural failure at Altru Main Clinic. He also steered the development and programming of Altru’s clinic and hospital facilities at South Washington Medical Park. He’s led significant growth and expansion in the region through the development of outreach rehabilitation services, advancing partnerships with Critical Access Hospitals and engaging the region in the implementation of a robust telemedicine program and integration of highly specialized services throughout the region. He facilitated partnerships focused on community health with the Grand Forks Park District and East Grand Forks Park District along with the development and launch of Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, which brings a world-wide leader in proactive health and performance to the region. He’s also furthered Altru’s relationship with Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Care Network to extend Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to the providers and patients of our region.  

About Dave Molmen

Dave Molmen has led a period of rapid growth and regionalization for Altru Health System. He was key in the creation of Altru Health System in 1997. Prior, he led integrations of The UND Medical Center Rehabilitation (The Rehab) into United Hospital, and clinics throughout northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota into Grand Forks Clinic. Molmen has been a trailblazer in the healthcare industry. He led efforts, along with former Altru President, Dr. Casey Ryan, to become Mayo Clinic’s first affiliate of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, now recognized as a worldwide network of premier health providers. With Dr. Josh Wynne, Dean of UND School of Medicine, Molmen led efforts to fund and construct a new facility for the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Throughout the region, he led the development of major partnerships for community health with Altru Family YMCA, Choice Health and Fitness, and the University of North Dakota. Molmen is a member of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and is the Chair of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board for Region 6. 

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 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.