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, including those from residents of other states, are honored at Altru Hospital and can be 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.

Learn why it's important to complete advanced care planning.


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.