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Alerus commits $1 million to new Altru Health System hospital

The gift marks one of the institution’s largest in its history and the first gift to be directed to the new hospital, the release noted.

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Workers begin their day at the construction site of Altru Health System's new hospital in Grand Forks on March 4, 2022.
Korrie Wenzel / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — A regional financial institution is committing big dollars to a new Grand Forks hospital.

Altru Health Foundation received a $1 million commitment from Alerus to support Altru’s new hospital, Altru announced in a press release on Tuesday morning, Aug. 16. The gift marks one of the largest in the Altru Health Foundation's history and is the first gift to be directed to the new hospital, the release noted.

Both companies have a regional reach but are based in Grand Forks.

“This is an investment in the long-term prosperity of our entire region,” Chris Wolf, northern valley market president at Alerus, said in a statement. “Access to state-of-the-art health care improves the quality of life and is a critical component in attracting and retaining new businesses and residents. This new hospital will directly impact our employees, our clients, and our community, and we are proud to contribute to a project that will benefit our community’s overall wellbeing for years to come.”

After a break in construction beginning in April 2020, Altru resumed construction on the new facility, which is right next to its current facility, in October 2021.


The seven-floor facility is set to have space for 226 licensed patient beds and a 16-bed observation unit. The health system noted the design has a strong focus on innovation, technology and wellness.

“Here at Altru, we believe the residents of our region deserve world-class care close to home. From our patients and their families to our caregivers and staff, Altru’s new hospital will truly transform the health care experience for our community,” noted Altru CEO Todd Forkel. “We are incredibly excited to see our hospital vision come to fruition, and we are deeply grateful for Alerus’ partnership in achieving this vision.”

Kristi Hall-Jiran, Altru’s chief philanthropy and partnership officer, said Alerus has been “a longstanding leader and dedicated partner at the forefront of health and vibrancy" across the region.

“We are inspired by their compassionate leadership once again,” she said. “Their support of Altru’s new hospital will enrich the lives of generations to come. We are truly humbled by their transformational and forward-thinking generosity.”

Altru says the new hospital is a part of a larger 25-year campus master plan, “which proactively considers the future of health care delivery and the facilities needed to provide world-class care close to home.”

Construction of Altru’s new hospital is expected to be completed in 2024. In recent months, the structure — which sat dormant during the COVID-19 outbreak and the months immediately following the pandemic — has risen to dominate the skyline in central Grand Forks.

Sydney Mook has been the managing editor at the Herald since April 2021. In her role she edits and assigns stories and helps reporters develop their work for readers.

Mook has been with the Herald since May 2018 and was first hired as the Herald's higher education reporter where she covered UND and other happenings in state higher education. She was later promoted to community editor in 2019.

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