Screenings, lifestyle changes can improve men’s health

June is Men’s Health Month, a time for men to look at how to maintain their own good health. Preventive health care and regular screenings are crucial for men to […]

Local woman earns Deaf studies, national sign language honors

In mid-May, Vicki Johnson-Sherbrooke, who works in housekeeping for Riverwood Healthcare Center at its Garrison clinic, graduated with high honors earning a Deaf Studies Certificate at Central Lakes College in […]

Riverwood welcomes nurse practitioner for Same Day Clinic

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Nurse Practitioner Kya Henningson, who has joined the medical staff for its Same Day Clinic in Aitkin. Previously, Henningson worked as a nurse […]

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Riverwood earns statewide hospital award

  In mid-May, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) awarded Riverwood Healthcare Center with the High Reliability Organization Award. This award was presented at a conference in Minneapolis where MHA presented […]

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Know how to recognize stroke symptoms

May is American Stroke Month. Make sure your friends and family know the warning signs of a stroke. It could save the life of a loved one. Remember BEFAST to […]

Embrace tools for promoting mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While mental health issues are important to address year-round, this is a dedicated time to highlight that mental health matters. “We all have mental […]

Reflux, heartburn solutions seminar

Are you or someone you know suffering from heartburn or reflux disease? If so, there’s good news about the treatment options available locally. Learn more at a “Solutions for Reflux […]

Protect yourself from Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis

As the Land of 10,000 Lakes transitions into warmer months, Minnesotans eagerly embrace outdoor activities. However, along with the joys of nature comes the potential nuisance of woodticks. These tiny […]

Riverwood welcomes senior human resources generalist

Riverwood Healthcare is pleased to welcome Susan Zelenak as senior human resources generalist to its staff. In this role, Zelenak will support Riverwood’s team with a variety of HR projects […]

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Acid reflux can cause esophageal cancer

The month of April is dedicated to promoting Esophageal Cancer awareness and education around the risk posed by persistent heartburn or acid reflux disease (GERD). Esophageal cancer is deadly and […]

Bonnie O’Neil wraps up 50 years with Riverwood

Bonnie O’Neil wasn’t looking for a job when she was admitted to the Aitkin Community Hospital in Aitkin in 1973. She had suffered a broken leg in a snowmobile accident […]

Riverwood welcomes behavioral health therapist

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce that Natalie Hughes has joined its Behavioral Health provider team as a behavioral health therapist. In this role she will assess, diagnose, and […]

Wilson family nursing scholarship open for applications

In memory of the late Roger and Sandy Wilson, the Wilson family of Aitkin created the Roger and Sandy Wilson Scholarship to help individuals better themselves. The fund is administered by […]

Riverwood to host Annual Meeting

The Aitkin Community Hospital, Inc., dba Riverwood Healthcare Center, will host its 76th Annual Meeting on Wed., March 27, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom with participants signing in remotely via […]

Ortho rehab specialist educates local therapists

Terry Buisman, a seasoned physical therapist with Ortho Rehab Specialists in Minneapolis, presented a continuing education course on shoulder pathology and therapies at Riverwood Healthcare Center on March 1 and […]

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Nurse practitioner joins cardiology team at Riverwood

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce that Nurse Practitioner Laura Biewer of the Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI) has joined the cardiology provider team. Specializing in cardiovascular and […]

Riverwood presents DAISY Award to obstetrics nurse

Riverwood Healthcare Center participates in the DAISY Award honoring exemplary nurses who have been recognized by a patient for their extraordinary act of compassion or a relationship that they have […]

Riverwood announces new Radiology manager

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Katie Pudas as the new Radiology Department manager. Pudas, former radiology technologist who served in the role of supervisor of the department for […]

Cervical cancer awareness for women

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus connecting to the vagina. It is a significant global health concern, but […]

Nurse Practitioner joins Riverwood McGregor Clinic

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Nurse Practitioner Tyler Zuk, who joined the primary care staff at its McGregor clinic in January. Growing up on a farm in Kettle […]

Hernia patient from Rome, Italy comes to Riverwood for care

Margaret Curry Michelangeli, who lives in Rome, Italy, is the patient who likely traveled the longest distance in 2023 to have hernia surgery at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. […]

Riverwood introduces new orthopaedic provider

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to welcome a new member to its orthopaedic team in Aitkin, Nurse Practitioner Jeff Temple. With a wide array of clinical and surgical experience, Temple […]

Holiday Mental Health Tips

The holiday season, often portrayed as a time of joy, can also bring about stress and anxiety for many. Almost two-thirds of people with mental illness feel the holidays worsen […]

Eat and drink wisely to avoid reflux, heartburn

Each year during Thanksgiving week, Riverwood Healthcare Center joins the national observance for promoting awareness of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to provide education and to connect those who are suffering […]

Nurse anesthetist joins Riverwood

Kelly Anderson, a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA), has joined Riverwood Healthcare Center’s surgical services provider team. Anderson brings more than 20 years of anesthesia experience, including 14 years at Regions […]

Lights of Love to honor loved ones

Since 1984, the Riverwood Auxiliary has annually honored and memorialized the loved ones of area residents with the Lights of Love program, including a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the […]

Riverwood celebrates staff milestone anniversaries

On Nov. 2, Riverwood Healthcare Center honored 46 employees and retirees who have celebrated milestone anniversaries or retirement in the past year at a special dinner at Ruttger’s Bay Lake […]

Riverwood clinics earn Health Care Home certification

The Minnesota Department of Health has recertified Riverwood Healthcare Center as a Health Care Home. This means that Riverwood primary care clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor have met a […]

Physical therapist joins Riverwood Healthcare

Heather Molenda, physical therapist, has joined Riverwood Healthcare Center’s therapy services team. Molenda’s prior experience includes working in physical therapy roles for 30 years in a variety of health care […]

Riverwood to offer Covid-19 vaccinations

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available locally, and Riverwood Healthcare Center will offer two public clinics where individuals may get both the flu and Covid shots the last week in […]