New Riverwood Lab Manager

Craig Ward, Lab Manager, Riverwood Healthcare

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to welcome Craig Ward as Lab Manager. In this role, he oversees service to patients as well as the medical staff. Ward oversees a staff of 13 and three labs in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor.

“Craig has a wealth of experience in both running labs and in management within healthcare,” said Mike Delfs, Riverwood chief operating officer. “He is a tremendous addition to our management team.”

Previously, Ward was director of clinical operations for Sibley Medical Center in southern Minnesota. Over the past decade, he has supervised medical labs and other medical services for various health systems in Brainerd, Mankato, St. Peter and Virginia. He holds both a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in health administration, attending colleges in Montana and Wyoming, respectively. He is certified as a medical laboratory scientist.

“I was attracted to working here because of the robust amount of services offered for the size of the community,” Ward said. “At Riverwood, I feel like we are small enough to get to know our patients and big enough to serve most of their healthcare needs.”

Ward grew up just north of the Twin Cities in Andover and has been vacationing on Lone Lake in the Aitkin area for many years. He lives with his wife Jennifer, a physician assistant, in the Brainerd lakes area. They have three sons at home and a daughter who is in college.