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Riverwood’s Mission

Our Mission at Riverwood is to improve health by providing high quality, compassionate and personalized care. Riverwood hospital serves Aitkin County and surrounding communities in north central Minnesota, with full service primary care clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor. At Riverwood Healthcare, you can expect top quality medical care delivered by a team of caring healthcare professionals.

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About our Facility

Aitkin Community Hospital, d.b.a. Riverwood Healthcare Center, was incorporated in 1948 and opened its doors in 1955. The hospital evolved to become an integrated clinic and hospital health system with the purchase of the Ripple River Medical Center family practice and clinic building in the late 1990s. To reflect its new identity, the organization changed its name to Riverwood Healthcare Center. Full-service, primary care clinics were added in McGregor (in 1977) and in Garrison (in 2007).

As the original hospital facility’s services expanded and the building became outdated, the Riverwood Governing Board of Directors approved a plan to build at a new site on the northeast edge of town. In 2003, Riverwood opened a new, modern 24-bed hospital and clinic facility.
Riverwood has continued to update and expand its facilities to meet the healthcare needs of a growing aging population in Aitkin County and surrounding communities. With a focus on the future, the organization began a $21 million expansion and renovation project in 2011 to enhance the quality of healthcare for years to come.

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  • Level III Trauma Center
  • Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Hospital
  • Level I Heart Attack Program
  • Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™
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Dave Lahr did online research to find the best robotic-assisted hernia surgery option. Residing in St. Augusta near St. Cloud, he searched close to home first, but ended up choosing the Hernia Specialists of Minnesota at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minn., a 2-hour drive away. “I wanted to find a surgeon who would do […]

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After nearly four decades of service, both Drs. Paul Severson and Howard McCollister will retire from clinical practice as program directors, at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, in July. “The stellar surgery legacy these two surgeons are leaving is tremendous,” said Riverwood CEO Ken Westman. “Their contribution to the development of surgical capacity and advanced […]

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By Kelsey Guthmiller, Trauma Program Coordinator for Riverwood Healthcare Center The Minnesota Legislature recently approved the sale of delta-8 products in Minnesota, effective July 1, 2022. Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8 THC, is a psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis sativa plant, of which marijuana and hemp are two varieties. Delta-8 THC is one […]

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