New Covid testing process, location in Aitkin

Riverwood Healthcare Center has moved testing for Covid-19 from its Aitkin clinic to its pharmacy at Paulbeck’s County Market. Appointments are required with a limited number available each day. The phone number to call for an appointment remains the same, Riverwood’s Covid line at 844-428-1323. The testing hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and […]

Lights of Love program continues with changes

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 lobby of the hospital. See donation form. “In 2021, we will continue the tradition with a few COVID-19 related changes,” said Joyce Knapper, Riverwood Auxiliary […]

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Riverwood announces new emergency department manager

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Andrew Van Santen as the new manager of its hospital emergency department. Van Santen began his nursing career 20 years ago in Crosby, first working at a long-term care center and then transitioning to hospital nursing and caring for medical/surgical patients. He worked as a registered nurse in […]

Riverwood welcomes two new oncology team members

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce two new members of the oncology care team for cancer patients. They include Nurse Practitioner Jenny Diederich and Oncology Care Coordinator Katie Gunderson. “We are pleased to welcome Jenny and Katie to our oncology team,” said Dan Schletty, director of ambulatory services at Riverwood. “They both bring excellent […]

Reflux, heartburn solutions virtual seminar

Suffering from chronic heartburn or reflux disease? Advanced technology and treatment is available right here in Aitkin. Learn more at a “Solutions for Reflux and Heartburn” virtual seminar on Tues., Nov. 16, 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Dr. Andrew Loveitt, reflux specialist with the Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center (MRHC), and Physician Assistant T. J. Hirsch […]

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Aitkin hospital receives CALS designation renewal

On Nov. 2, the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) program recognized Riverwood Healthcare Center for its CALS Hospital designation with a recertification certificate. “Riverwood first received this designation in 2008 and has long recognized the value excellence in emergency medicine education,” said David Taylor, emergency physician and chief medical officer at Riverwood. “We are pleased […]

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Riverwood to not offer COVID-19 antibodies treatment

Riverwood Healthcare Center will not offer monoclonal antibodies treatment for COVID-19 patients at this time due to staffing concerns. “We’ve been offering the monoclonal antibodies infusion treatment for the past year, but with a large increase in the number of referrals of Covid patients this fall, we no longer have enough specially trained nursing staff […]

Aitkin community vaccine clinic to offer Covid booster, flu shots

Aitkin County Public Health and Riverwood Healthcare Center are partnering to offer another joint community clinic to administer both flu shots and COVID-19 booster vaccine.  The clinic will be held on Tues., Nov. 9, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be offered. To […]

Riverwood recognizes local nurse with Daisy Award

Nurses at Riverwood Healthcare Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The first DAISY Team award recipient is Rose Appel, a licensed practical nurse who has cared for Riverwood hospital patients for more […]

Riverwood welcomes RPAP medical student

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to welcome Joel Madson, a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, who is participating in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP). Through the RPAP program, a third-year medical student lives in a rural community for nine months and participates in rotations of hospital and clinic […]

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