Altru Health System is handing over hospice operations to Hospice of the Red River Valley, a move that comes after a year of financial tumult and shifting strategy at the health care company.
The news, first reported by local outlet INewZ.TV, comes without significant public details. A statement released by Altru following the INewz report said Altru is focusing more on home care — services where current Altru hospice staff split their time. As a result, the move appears to continue a pivot away from hospital inpatient care that’s been common across the healthcare industry recently.
“All staff will have the opportunity to pursue positions at Hospice of the Red River Valley, or remain at Altru,” Altru spokesperson Annie Bonzer said in an email. “At Altru, we’re re-focusing our resources on our home health services. … The delivery model of this care is changing, with more care received at home and reduced hospital stays. A focus on home care supports this shift to meet our patients’ needs.”
Bonzer said in an email that dates for a transition are still being finalized, but that it will start on Sept. 17. No beds at Altru are expected to be affected.
Bonzer said more information will likely become available next week.
Bonnie Oelschlager, marketing and communications manager for Hospice of the Red River Valley, said in a Friday phone call that there is no financial component to the transitioning agreement with Altru — that Altru, essentially, is removing itself from the local hospice care industry and making way for HRRV.
She added that HRRV is “honored” to be chosen by Altru to make the transition.
“They have a much larger footprint than we do up there right now,” Oelschlager added. “This means that we will be expanding our care to different regions.”