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Altru to Hold Cherished Children Memorial Service on August 13

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Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health System will hold its annual Cherished Children Memorial Service with booths opening at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 13 on the front grounds of Altru Hospital. The evening opens with booths featuring bereavement resources and memory-making opportunities. This event seeks to support families who have lost a child by any means, at any stage of life, whether during pregnancy, childhood, or adulthood.

“We hope to provide a safe and comfortable place for families who have lost a child,” shared Rachel Dauksavage, a bereavement coordinator at Altru Health System. “By coming together with others who understand what it’s like to lose a child, we strive to provide a bridge from suffering to hope.”

This year, the program, “The Many Colors of Grief” will begin at 6:30 p.m. During the program, a children’s tent will be available for those aged four and up. Activities include music, stories, and crafts. The event is free and open to the public with refreshments served at 7:30 p.m. following the program. For more information, call 701.780.5257 or 701.780.5300.

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