Altru, Encompass Health announce a partnership to renovate and operate Altru's inpatient rehabilitation center

The collaboration will include the renovation of the facility with construction likely to end next summer, although a budget has yet to be disclosed.

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Encompass Health Corp. and Altru Health System have announced they are coming together for a joint effort to own and operate Altru’s existing inpatient rehabilitation unit – a 23-bed facility which will be expanded to 40 beds.

The collaboration will include the renovation of the facility with construction likely to end next summer, although a budget has yet to be disclosed.

Altru’s inpatient rehabilitation unit will become Encompass Health’s first location in North Dakota and will change its name to Altru Rehabilitation Hospital. The rehabilitation hospital will remain open throughout renovations, and Altru and Encompass will begin operating it jointly once the renovation is complete.

Janice Hamscher, chief nursing officer at Altru, said Encompass stood out immediately when Altru was looking for a partner.

“We started looking at it some time ago and really vetted out who we wanted for a partner,” Hamscher said. “Some of the things that are very important to us is a partner that is dedicated to compassionate connected care and high-quality tools that help provide a premier rehab service. Encompass has stood out to us as meeting those needs, and also the team feels like a really good fit for our culture here.”


Brad Kennedy, president of the south central region of Encompass Health, outlined some of the improvements that will be made in the next year.

“We will be adding an activities and daily living suite for patients for training purposes and to get them prepared to go back home,” Kennedy said. “We will be expanding the therapy gym and adding some different types of technology, and then we'll also add a dialysis suite in order to provide in-house dialysis for rehab rehabilitation patients who might require that service.”

Kennedy and Hamscher both expressed their belief that the project will improve upon Grand Forks’ medical facilities and provide a higher standard of care to local patients.

“I just think partnering with Altru and expanding our rehabilitation availability will be great for the Grand Forks community,” Kennedy said.

“It allows us to continue to provide great care that people who need rehab services,” Hamscher said.

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