Care Planning & Directives


Patients have the right and responsibility to control decisions regarding the use or refusal of medical care, including life-prolonging treatment, nutrition and hydration.

One way to control those decisions is by completing a healthcare directive. Healthcare directives are honored at Altru Hospital, including those from residents of other states, and can written while a patient.

Advance directive forms are available at Altru Hospital in the Social Work department, from Pastoral Services, from the Medical Records Department, from the Hospital Supervisor, or from Home Health staff.

For more information, call Altru's Pastoral Services at 701.780.5300. After business hours, if you would like to reach the chaplain on call, dial 701.780.5000.