Departments are competing for best decorations

Altru Clinic in Crookston has turned pink for October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Carrie Bergquist, RHPC, and everyone at Altru are hoping to raise awareness to everyone that comes into the clinic this month. Each department has turned pink and will hold a small contest for the best decorated area.

Dr. Ted Olson and his staff have decorated their area with cowboy hats in tribute to their "Hats off to Breast Cancer Awareness."

Dr. Rolf Hanson and his staff have chosen a Halloween theme with pink scarecrows, pink pumpkins and spider webs.

Altru nurses and staff have even passed around a large pink paper flower to wear on their uniforms to generate questions from people that visit the clinic during the month. Alana Wagner said, "It is fun to see people look at the flower and wonder why we would wear something that big. They can't help themselves but ask questions. We also give out breast cancer facts and remind people to get preventative care."

Another area that is very important during awareness month is the new 'Infusion Center'. They currently provide chemo therapy and supportive care to cancer patients and their families. Dr. Daniel Walsh is at the center every first and third Tuesday providing care to patients. Nurse Practitioner Jackie Roberts visits every second and fourth Tuesday. She also provides genetic counseling for families who want to learn more about their risk of inheriting a disorder along with providing information about the possibility of inheritance.

If you have any questions about Breast Cancer Awareness Month or would like information on preventative care, call Altru at 281-9100.