Riverwood welcomes new Garrison pharmacy manager

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Valerie Corcoran Bahl as the new manager of its Garrison pharmacy. Following 17 years of managing the Garrison pharmacy, John Mateyka is cutting […]

Riverwood welcomes new pre-op nurse practitioner

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Pre-operative Nurse Practitioner Brittany Howe, who began working in a new position in early June. Howe meets with patients scheduled for surgery, performing […]

Urology community health seminar

Do you have uncontrollable urges to go to the bathroom? Do you need to get up to go multiple times during the night? Are you having difficulty emptying your urinary […]

Riverwood welcomes new human resources officer

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Jessica Schmiesing as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and member of its senior management team. She is responsible for the overall human resources […]

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 […]

Chainsaw safety: A guide for every user

There are many risks involved in operating a chainsaw. However, if you take proper precautions and adhere to safety guidelines, you can significantly minimize the risk of injuries. Whether you’re […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 dietitians offer nutrition tips

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is Beyond the Table. This is a time to recognize our team of registered dietitians at Riverwood Healthcare Center, Megan Perpich […]

Riverwood gets grant to address hunger among seniors

Riverwood Healthcare Center, with the help of the Aitkin Farmers Market Hub and Aitkin County Public Health, was awarded the Minnesota Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) grant by the Minnesota […]

National list of rural health care execs includes Riverwood CEO

In a recent issue of Becker’s Hospital Review features Riverwood Healthcare Center CEO Ken Westman on its national list of “110 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know” for […]

Riverwood earns Joint Commission accreditation for lab services

Riverwood Healthcare Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Accreditation for its laboratory services by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is […]

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 […]

Riverwood welcomes first 2024 baby

It’s another special delivery at Riverwood Healthcare Center with the first baby of 2024 for Aitkin County. On Jan. 10, the hospital staff warmly welcomed beautiful Millie Lou, the first […]

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 […]

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 […]

Snow Removal Safety

As winter blankets our surroundings in a serene layer of snow, the task of snow removal becomes a necessary yet potentially hazardous activity. Whether you’re shoveling by hand or using […]

Holiday hours for Riverwood clinics, pharmacies

Riverwood Healthcare Center’s clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor will be closed Mon., Dec. 25, and Mon., Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Same […]

Riverwood to launch enhanced electronic health record

Riverwood Healthcare Center is excited to announce in January 2024 a transition to a new electronic health records (EHR) system. This transition will allow Riverwood patients to be more active […]

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Riverwood receives Minnesota Rural Health Team Award

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded Riverwood Healthcare Center with the 2023 Minnesota Rural Health Team Award for its work in identifying the social determinants of health among […]

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 […]

Get help to quit smoking

Quitting smoking or tobacco use isn’t easy. It takes time and a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Some smokers choose the Great American Smokeout event […]

Online app helps manage medications

Managing prescription medications can be time-consuming and complex. Now there’s an online tool called RxLocal that can help make the process easier. “Mobile apps like RxLocal streamline pharmacy service and […]

Riverwood 2023 flu clinics open

Flu season is coming and getting vaccinated offers the best protection. The vaccine works to reduce the risk of getting seriously ill, including hospitalizations, pneumonia and death. Riverwood Healthcare Center […]

Nurse anesthetist joins Riverwood

Holly Frischmon, a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA), has joined Riverwood Healthcare Center’s surgical services provider team. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minor in Biology from the College […]

Level III Trauma hospital in Aitkin achieves recertification

The Minnesota Department of Health recently recertified Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin as a Level III Trauma hospital. After participating in an intense training process to become part of Minnesota’s […]