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Altru President Dr. Eric Lunn to Retire

Posted OnFebruary 25, 2019

Grand Forks, N.D. – Today, Altru Health System announced Dr. Eric Lunn, President, will retire in March 2019. Lunn has dedicated his entire 30 plus year career at Altru Health System to caring for children, mentoring colleagues, and helping lead the organization into a bold new era in care.

“Dr. Lunn has shaped Altru into the community-minded, forward-thinking organization it is today,” said Kris Compton, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Generations of children have grown up under his care, and he has mentored generations of physicians and providers to carry on his work. We are grateful for him as a physician, colleague, and friend.”

In 2017, Lunn stood alongside the leadership team at Altru to announce the building of a new hospital and expansion of services in the region, effectively launching Altru’s bold new era in care. He also worked to make sure Altru’s continued journey is not dependent upon any one person but rather a vision of care and service that guides the organization forward. Lunn stated he feels confident in retiring now to focus on spending significant time with family and friends.

“It has been an honor and privilege to spend my entire medical career at Altru,” said Dr. Lunn. “I have confidence that our executive leadership and our physician leaders are going to be successful in fulfilling our vision to provide world-class care to the residents of our region.”

“We are so grateful for Dr. Lunn and thank him for his vision and steadfast service to patients, our team, and our community,” said Brad Wehe, Chief Executive Officer. “We wish him the very best in the future.”

The executive leadership team, working in partnership with Altru medical directors, will ensure the responsibilities held by Dr. Lunn are fulfilled until his successor is selected.

About Altru Health System

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a regional, integrated healthcare delivery system serving northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Altru is a physician-led, multi-specialty group practice with a 277-bed acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, 45-bed specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru employs over 300 physicians and advanced practice providers and 4,000 staff. With a focus on advanced technology, Altru deployed the first Mako® Robotic Arm system in North Dakota and enhanced Altru’s Robotics with the recent addition of the DaVinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. In 2018, Altru was awarded fourth Most Wired® in the nation, a recognition for systems at the forefront of using healthcare information technology to improve the delivery of care. Altru Health System has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, and has achieved 50 years of CARF accreditation at Altru’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit