Altru Hospital

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Also known by its former name United Hospital, the building is said to be haunted by a ghostly elevator that makes runs on its own in the night. Staff members working at night have seen apparitions inside the elevator when it opens on their floor. The alarm system is said to be triggered by shadow figures in the psychiatric ward, and video cameras have caught the shadows as they seem to slide under the doorway and appear on the other side.

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1200 S Columbia Rd
Grand Forks, ND 58201
United States

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47.91056824417314, -97.06854718930117
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  1. My mom works on the third floor, and she goes in pretty early and is usually the first one there. She goes through the back door and when she gets to the elevator, she says that it’s already opened and the third floor button is lit up.

  2. When I was 13 I was there about a week from complications with my appendix. During that time more during the night I would often wake up hearing someone talking in my room but no one was there.

  3. I used to work security at the hospital and during the night shift I would Patrol the basement of the psych ward that I just felt like something was watching me like I wasn’t alone.

  4. I worked at valley memorial for many years and it is definitely haunted. I think most of the spirits visit from the hospital. There is child ghosts there. I havent seen and spirits myself, but working over nights I heard my name loudly down the hall, the nurse inwas working with heard it to. She told me to check it out (yeah like I want to go hunt for a voice calling my name) I have seen a call light turn on in an empty room multiple times even after I unplugged it from the wall.l and multiple residents have reported to see children in the hall at night. I would just say its dementia but multiple people saw the same thing.

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