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Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru and LifeCare Medical Center have signed a letter of intent to explore opportunities for a new healthcare delivery model in Roseau, Warroad and Greenbush. Altru currently operates the clinics in these communities, while LifeCare owns the hospital located in Roseau. The letter of intent gives the organizations the ability to explore options for aligning hospital and clinic services.

“At Altru, we feel that an integrated hospital and clinic model can benefit patients, offering seamless care transitions and providing efficiencies for both patients and providers,” shares Dr. Josh Deere, President of Altru. “We care deeply about the residents in these communities and want to ensure that they are offered care close to home as often as possible. Partnering with LifeCare provides opportunities to expand those possibilities.”

Altru and LifeCare will work together over the coming months to determine what this path forward will look like. The goal will be to ensure that the residents of these communities maintain the quality of care they deserve, with accessible providers close to home, and ultimately benefit from this collaboration.

“As the local hospital in our region, our primary goal is ensuring our residents can receive care that is of high-quality, easy to access as often as possible, and is provided locally,” expressed Keith Okeson, CEO of LifeCare. “We feel confident that continuing a relationship with Altru, we can continue to provide exceptional care and are dedicated to finding opportunities to enhance it.”


About Altru Health System 

Based in Grand Forks, N.D., Altru is an independent, non-profit healthcare organization. We are physician-led, with over 300 providers and 55 specialties of care. Altru boasts an acute care hospital, specialty hospital, level II trauma center and more than two dozen practice locations throughout northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota. Altru was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic expertise to the patients we serve. Altru employs over 3,400 staff and providers who are empowered to fulfill Altru’s mission – making a difference for those we care for. For more information, visit

About LifeCare Medical Center 

Based in Roseau, M.N., LifeCare Medical Center is a non-profit health care organization serving the communities of Roseau County in Northern Minnesota employing close to 500 providers, health care professionals and support staff. LifeCare’s comprehensive services include a 25-bed critical access hospital, along with LifeCare Roseau Manor, LifeCare Greenbush Manor & Assisted Living, LifeCare Senior Living, LifeCare Warroad Wellness, as well as LifeCare Home Care and Hospice. With a committed team of physicians and providers, LifeCare’s Emergency Department is designated as a Level IV Trauma Center and Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. For more information about LifeCare Medical Center, please visit


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