Altru Achievement Awards
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.
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 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
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.
It’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, 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
Forty 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.