Employee Awards

Altru Health System recognizes the dedication and hard work of its physicians and staff through Altru Achievement Awards and the Robert M. Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Altru Achievement Awards are peer-nominated and given to employees who exemplify the values of Altru Health System, commit to serving others, and go above and beyond their everyday responsibilities

The Robert M. Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made ongoing and lasting contributions, enhancing the culture and services provided by Altru Health System.

2019 Achievement Awards

Every year, Altru Health System recognizes the dedication and hard work of its physicians and staff through Altru Achievement Awards and the Robert M. Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards are presented at the annual career achievement dinner. 

Altru Achievement Awards


Parsu Subedi, Environmental Services

Continually seeking out more responsibility and job knowledge, Parsu Subedi is a vital asset to Altru’s Environmental Services team. While keeping our floors shiny and presentable, Parsu’s professionalism, kindness and desire to see Altru succeed shine just as brightly. He understands the importance of continual improvement, and takes time to teach others, thereby encouraging their engagement. Parsu displays the utmost respect for anyone he interacts with, and he willingly fills in for other team members whenever needed. His positive attitude, high standards, strong work ethic and devotion to the team are direct reflections of what Altru strives to be.

Cindy Broden

Cindy Broden, Regional Therapy

Often coming in early or staying late, Cindy Broden accommodates her workday as a therapist to best meet her patients’ needs. Often going above and beyond for others, Cindy approaches life with a selfless attitude to serve the people around her, including her colleagues and patients. As a strong team player, she assists with staffing needs in a variety of Regional Therapy locations during times of high census or extended leave. Through change, she keeps an open mind and tries to understand how she can best adapt, create solutions and overcome roadblocks. Cindy consistently creates a meaningful experience for her patients while providing high-quality care. Highly trusted and respected by her entire team, Cindy continually demonstrates her commitment to others.

William McKinnon

Dr. William McKinnon, Regional Operations

As Medical Director of Regional Operations, Dr. William McKinnon exemplifies patient-centered values. He works tirelessly to ensure the highest quality of care is delivered to the residents of our region. Dr. McKinnon is committed to ensuring our regional partners are supported in providing care close to home. He is personable, approachable and motivates all those he comes into contact with. Through his quarterly newsletter, informational conferences and ongoing relationship-building, Dr. McKinnon is the gateway to communication in the region and was recently described by a rural hospital administrator as supportive and someone who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. Dr. McKinnon is a strong leader, physician, colleague, employee and ambassador of Altru. 

Pam Massie, Employer Health SolutionsPam massie

Pam Massie continually goes above and beyond at her job. Known for greeting everyone with a welcoming smile and genuine hello, Pam’s honest and approachable personality glows throughout her interactions with co-workers, patients and community members. Pam has served as a mentor to many. She’s a listening ear, supportive and selfless, and she’s coached many people throughout her career. Pam has spent countless hours spearheading Altru’s Employer Health Solutions business plan to partner and serve community employers. And her work is noticed—people throughout the community continually mention Pam’s kindness, passion and helpfulness. 


Altru Achievement Awards

Marsha Waind

Marsha Waind

Marsha Waind is a unique mix of passion, knowledge and entrepreneurial spiritwhile possessing the tenacity to accomplish any task at hand. Marsha is passionate about making healthcare as convenient as possible, saving many miles and minutes for patients across our region. With a concept in 2008, she has developed and built Altru’s Telemedicine Program. Marsha has nurtured and grown the telemedicine program from nearly no appointments or encounters in 2008 to more than 9,000 in 2017, with projected continual growth. Despite occasional barriers with technology or logistics, Marsha is driven by her caring and compassionate demeanor to continue to enhance this program, for the benefit of the patients we are serving in the region. 

Cheryl Storbakken

Cheryl Storbakken

Cheryl Storbakken has delivered outstanding patient care for over 40 years. Cheryl began her career as a surgical tech in 1975 and remarkably completed her nursing degree at age 50. She has been an advocate for thousands of patients and a phenomenal mentor and educator to her peers. Whether in the operating room, working on projects to enhance patient experience, or assisting with further understanding and education about surgical services in the community, Cheryl is committed to the success of the entire surgery team. She is a trusted source of information, stability and honesty. She listens. She is accountable. She is respectful and respected by all. Cheryl is an example of true commitment to Altru Health System and the community.

Doreen Lindsey

Doreen Lindsey

From caring for the most critical patients in the ICU-CCU to her abundant knowledge and understanding of the health system’s conversion to the electronic medical record with EPIC, Doreen Lindsey has been driven and determined to understand all aspects of patient care and share her expertise with those around her. Doreen is a shining example of how to handle the most difficult tasks with grace and determination, being versatile in management styles. Doreen was a leader in preparation for the recent successful HIMSS Stage 7 site visit for recertification. As her roles have changed, Doreen is providing a new kind of patient care that ensures our use of information technology meets all patient safety standards and allows us to provide the best care possible.

A Marvin Cooley, MDMarvin Cooley

With a career spanning over four decades, Dr. Cooley is a leader, mentor, confidant and friend to many who walk the Altru’s halls. Dr. Cooley’s oversight and guidance to pathology and laboratory services has been immeasurable over the years and his dedication to the Dak Minn Blood Bank—from inception to donor relations and current operations—has contributed to Dak Minn Blood Bank’s success. Dr. Cooley has humbly devoted his entire professional career to the community of Grand Forks and Altru Health System, including all regional locations. Being known as the “voice of the lab”, Dr. Cooley works closely with physicians and patients to ensure diagnostic services meet their needs. Dr. Cooley is committed to serving others, without expectation of recognition.

Brenda Pauley-Colter

Brenda Pauley-Colter

Brenda Pauley-Coulter leads by example and treats all around her according to the golden rule. For more than 25 years Brenda has assumed various roles, including psych tech, occupational therapist, supervisor, manager and now a lean facilitator with the Kaizen Promotion Office. Brenda is described as innovative and holistic in her thinking and listens to understand. She effectively places herself “in the shoes” of those with whom she works, considering the downline impact of decisions and changes. She is flexible, enthusiastic, and works with grace, to the benefit of her team and the community.

Robert M. Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Brosseau

Dr. Brosseau

Care. Compassion. Connection.

Dr. James Brosseau has spent the last fifty years of his life devoted to caring for the needs of others. Patients and colleagues in Internal Medicine at Altru have been touched by his impact for the last four of these five decades.

Born and raised in Drayton, North Dakota, Dr. Brosseau first earned his undergrad degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of North Dakota, followed by two years of medical school. He finished his schooling at the University of Minnesota in 1970, completed a yearlong internship at the University of New Mexico, and was drafted into the military. He later took internal medicine training at Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, and in 1978, returned to his North Dakota roots.

While seeing countless patients through the years, Dr. Brosseau makes a point to remember details about every person he encounters. In fact, he connects so well with his patients that some still traveled across the country to see him for yearly check-ups.

Looking back on his vast career, developing Altru’s Diabetes Center stands out as a top highlight for Dr. Brosseau. He helped to establish and then direct the Diabetes Center, as well as serve as medical director for the Valley Eldercare Center for more than 30 years.

He is most proud of the "Master of the College" award which he received three years ago from the American College of Physicians. Dr. Brosseau is the only internist in North Dakota who holds the distinction.

Through the years, so much in healthcare has evolved, from technology to facilities and everything in between. Yet, one thing remains: our patients are at the center of everything we do. While the computer has enhanced patient care and provided a useful tool, it’s important to remember it’s not the main thing in the room. The patient always is.

Not only does Dr. Brosseau care for his patients; he cares for his entire team. He shares, “Absolutely everyone plays a role in helping people. There’s always one more thing you can do.” Dr. Brosseau has left a legacy of compassion that has touched the lives of many.


Altru Achievement Awards

Diane Gunderson

Diane Gunderson

In every action, Diane holds herself to the highest standard. She is a deeply respected and highly sought-after resource, confidant and mentor throughout the health system by leaders and staff across all divisions and leadership levels. Her success, and the success of her teams, is partly due to her comprehensive experience across several areas across the organization, but also due to her uncompromising character and strong moral compass. 

Janelle Holth

Janelle Holth

During her career, Janelle Holth has proven many times over her unwavering commitment to the success of Altru Health System. In the last year, she’s served as a Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Chief Nurse Designee, and now as Manager of Privacy and Compliance. In every role, she exemplified great strength in leadership, accountability and teamwork, and always made the needs of our patients her top priority.

Kerwin Sletto

Kerwin Sletto

Kerwin Sletto has been a shining example of consistency and teamwork in his role as a chaplain for Altru’s Pastoral Services department. His peers regularly seek his advice, complimenting on his ability to carefully listen and understand before offering his response. Through his attention and sensitivity to the “little things,” Kerwin has earned the love and respect of staff, patients and visitors, religious and non-religious alike. 


Altru Achievement Awards

Lynn Holum

Holum, Lynn In her role as a registered dietitian, Lynn Holum is a quiet, strong and consistent employee who works diligently behind the scenes, whether with patients, policies or providers. If Lynn doesn’t know an answer to a question, she goes above and beyond researching to find the answer. She digs deeper, not because she has to, but because she truly cares. While she is respected by the entire team for her expertise and professionalism, Lynn is most known for her kindness. For example, when Lynn worked with a patient with an eating disorder who needed help financially, Lynn took steps to help the patient receive financial assistance. Whether educating patients, teaching classes or developing protocols, Lynn puts her entire heart into her work and does it with a smile on her face.

Deb Abar

Deb AbarIt’s easy to see Deb Abar, human resources supervisor, genuinely cares for Altru’s employees. Through her work, she is able to connect with any employee by demonstrating empathy and integrity. Deb respects differences and is always willing to go the extra mile. She has weathered plenty of change through the years and has developed both a respect for the past as well as a foot in the future. Altru employees can enjoy retirement knowing they have invested in the future, thanks to Deb serving as the cornerstone to Altru’s commitment to market-based retirement options. Further, Deb is respected by partner vendors in our community and is sought out for advice by other organizations.

Bonnie Lewis

Bonnie LewisBonnie Lewis, clinic office nurse, serves our patients at Altru’s Specialty Care in Cavalier, N.D. Bonnie genuinely cares about her patients, even coming into the office on her days off to provide follow-up. During our collaboration with Pembina County Memorial Hospital in 2015, Bonnie was instrumental throughout the transition. She spent countless days unpacking and moving into the new space, always with a positive attitude. Bonnie works independently and she does not hesitate to take on any task asked of her—whether it’s in her job description or not. She juggles a busy schedule, working for two providers on many occasions, as well as providing telemedicine services, and yet she makes it look effortless with her calm and cheerful outlook.

Robert M. Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award

Margaret ReedForty years ago, Margaret Reed was studying art in college, with dreams of making the world a more beautiful place. After switching career paths and serving as Altru's Chief Nurse, she has created a beautiful legacy at Altru Health System for years to come.

Margaret Reed grew up in Grand Forks, N.D., watching her mom, Evelyn Kenna, as a labor and delivery nurse. “She was just wonderful—the best nurse, my biggest role model,” beams Margaret. Margaret followed in her mother’s footsteps, always pushing herself to be an exceptional nurse and teaching others along the way.

Margaret began her career as a renal dialysis nurse, and then became manager of dialysis. Next, she moved to fourth floor surgery/oncology and, when the opportunity arose, she stepped forward to serve as the unit’s supervisor, the first position of its kind. From there, she moved up as administrative director of surgical services and, when Altru Health System reorganized its leadership in 2008, Margaret led the entire nursing team as Chief Nurse.

Through the years, Margaret has demonstrated a deeply selfless and compassionate way of serving her patients, her staff and her community. She has guided countless nurses at Altru Health System and beyond, by training all different shifts and starting a robust mentorship program. Margaret demonstrated her ability to go above and beyond caring for her staff by leading the development of “Care for the Caregivers,” a program which incorporates forward-thinking complementary therapies to help nurses keep themselves healthy—physically, mentally and spiritually.

Beyond her gentle-yet-strong leadership at Altru Health System, Margaret has influenced nursing practices throughout the state by serving as the first president of the North Dakota Center for Nursing. You don’t have to look far to find a nurse who has been touched in some way by Margaret’s influence.

“Her remarkable nursing career spans more than 40 years in our organization,” shares Dave Molmen, CEO of Altru Health System. “Through her leadership and the example she has set, Margaret has built a lasting legacy that will benefit our region for generations to come.”

Margaret’s role as a nurse is truly a work of art and a work of heart.