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Local cancer programs earn accreditation

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with silver level commendation to the cancer programs at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

As CoC-accredited cancer centers, both Riverwood and CRMC take a multidisciplinary approach to treating  cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

Riverwood and CRMC have been partnering to provide oncology care since 2010, when they began offering oncology care services in affiliation with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®. The two health systems share the services of Ron Halvorson, MD, who is board certified in oncology and internal medicine with 23 years of experience in caring for patients with cancer and blood disorders.

“This is an exciting step for Riverwood and the cancer patients we serve,” says Chad Cooper, Riverwood CEO. “Delivering outstanding quality and compassionate care for cancer patients has long been a high priority for us and now we have a stamp of approval that we are meeting rigorous national standards.”

“The accreditation affirms CRMC’s commitment to provide our patients with cancer care that is on the leading edge of current research, technology and best practices,” adds John Solheim, CRMC CEO. “Our physicians and staff look forward to strengthening our cancer care through the CoC Accreditation Program.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Riverwood and CRMC to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services, including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Riverwood and CRMC maintain a cancer registry and contribute data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.  Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.  CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013.  There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.  CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients.  When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit:

About Riverwood Healthcare Center

Drawing on the expertise and compassion of its staff, Riverwood works collaboratively with experts in the oncology field to continuously improve the quality of services available to the communities it serves in Aitkin County and the Garrison/Lake Mille Lacs area. A multidisciplinary team supports oncology patients from diagnosis and treatment to care for cancer-related pain and palliative/hospice services. Team members include experienced physicians and nurses along with members from rehabilitation, nutrition, social work and others. A newly redesigned infusion center offers many patient-friendly features, including a private entrance and five patient bays that offer privacy and space for a family member or friend. For more information, go to and click on Services, Cancer/Oncology.

About Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

CRMC has provided healthcare to the region for nearly 50 years. More than 930 physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff work together to provide patients and their families with positive, proactive, patient focused, and family centered care. The oncology care team includes experienced physicians, nurses, social workers, nutrition and rehabilitation staff, and others. A nurse dedicated to oncology care is available to assist patients and families through a navigation process to address health care barriers and assure continuity of care. Together, the team provides cancer patients with survivorship plans, genetic services, psychosocial screening, and ongoing support. For information on providers and services, visit

About the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to help individuals maintain quality of life and find ways to live with and beyond cancer. The Institute was founded in 1990 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Clinical experts and experienced caregivers provide oncology care and services across the Allina Health system, and offer expert support to various affiliate locations. Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® is part of Allina Health, a not-for-profit health care system, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information, visit


Join Breast Health Alliance team for Brainerd Lakes race

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

A woman’s lifetime risk by age 85 of getting breast cancer is one in eight. Lend your support in a global movement to end breast cancer forever.

The Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance is organizing a team for the annual Brainerd Lakes Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® to be held Saturday, June 29, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.

The 14th Annual Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure includes a 5K Race, 5K Walk, and 1-mile Walk as well as a 'Spirit Runner' category for those who are unable to participate physically. Also, 2-10 year olds can race as Kids for the Cure® at age-appropriate distances and can enter another event for a single fee. Register online at and select “Breast Health Alliance Team Aitkin” or “Breast Health Alliance Team Crosby”. Fees for participants range from $12 for children 2 to 10 years old to $20 to $25 for adults, depending on the activity chosen. Registration fees increase after June 21.

The first 2,400 people registered will receive a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure race t-shirt. Those registering with Team Aitkin or Team Crosby will also receive a Breast Health Alliance bandana. All participants will be able to enjoy free refreshments and giveaways at the race.

Distribution of participant packets will be handled according to location by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby and Riverwood Healthcare in Aitkin. Or, participants may pick up their packet on race day at the Breast Health Alliance tent.

For Team Aitkin race registration questions and information, please contact Amy Renner, team captain and breast health care coordinator, at (218) 429-3975. Riverwood will have Team Aitkin participant packets available for pick up at the hospital in Aitkin on Friday, June 28. Team Crosby participant packets will be available for pick up at CRMC in Crosby on Friday, June 28, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For Team Crosby race registration questions and information, please contact Julie Hella, team captain at (218) 546-7000.

All proceeds from the event stay in the Susan G. Komen Minnesota Affiliate. Seventy-five percent of the dollars go toward community grants and 25 percent are dedicated to breast cancer research. Susan G. Komen for the Cure provided an $80,000 grant to fund educational outreach, free breast exams and mammogram screenings and other services provided by the Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance in 2012. For more information on the Breast Health Alliance comprehensive and coordinated breast health services, go to

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant to Foundation

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Grant will support Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance

 Riverwood Foundation has received an $80,000 grant from the Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The award supports breast health education and awareness, community and patient education, screening and advanced diagnostics and individualized care through the Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance (BHA) partnership between Riverwood Healthcare Center and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Mission Manager, Denise Blumberg-Tendle shared her enthusiasm for the project: “We are very excited about this grant and the work that can be achieved in our continued efforts to move ever closer to fulfilling the promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.”

BHA will use the grant monies for breast health awareness, community and patient education, and one-on-one consultation for breast cancer patients. The impact of this program is significant in that it will improve the delivery of breast health care services both in terms of quality and the availability of care from screening to diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Jodie Johnson, interim executive director for Riverwood Foundation, says: “Susan G. Komen has been a key partner in promoting innovative programs to address breast health. We are pleased that they are once again investing in breast health services to ensure quality care for women in this region of Minnesota.”

The Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance is an innovative partnership between neighboring healthcare organizations Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. In addition to one-on-one support from breast health care coordinators, the alliance offers expert screening and diagnostic care and expanded treatment options through its collaboration with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

Riverwood Foundation was one of just 19 organizations statewide to receive funding from the Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more information on the local Breast Health Alliance, go to

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