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Letter: Altru seeking feedback for a bold new era

As we enter a bold new era for healthcare in our region, it is critically important to us that we hear from you, the community, as we plan for a new hospital in 2022. We have the opportunity to take your experiences, your desires, and your needs and incorporate them into the design of the new hospital and to the programming of Altru Health System. This is a once-in-a-generation project. We are committed to getting it right. We can only do that if we know what matters most to you.

To achieve this, I would like to invite you to our open house from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gorecki Alumni Center on the UND campus.

This is a two-way street — we're not just soliciting feedback, we are also informing you as to our progress. A couple of months ago, we held an open house where we unveiled our new guiding principles for our 25-year master plan. At that open house, we asked you for your "Big Ideas" and what mattered to you when you think of healthcare. We took that feedback, and incorporated it into the design wherever we could. Since that event, we have made a lot of progress.

This Thursday, we invite you to come and see what we've been working on, including viewing a 3D model of the hospital in its relation to the site, and where certain departments will be located.

We'll have a kids LEGO design area, where our future leaders can show us how they think a new hospital should be designed. And, like our previous event, we'll have opportunities for you to provide feedback on items that we're working on right now and in the coming months. We'll have different displays that you'll be able to view and vote on your favorites, like what our waiting rooms should look and feel like, and what outdoor amenities are important. Food and beverages will be provided, and you'll have the chance to talk directly to members of the Altru executive team, as well as members of the design team from JLG Architects.

Altru is a community health system, and we're committed to creating the healthcare experience you want. We are focused on you, and focused on the future.

Brad Wehe

Chief operating officer

Altru Health System