Riverwood to host community celebration

Riverwood Healthcare Center is hosting a Grand Opening celebration on Tues., Aug. 20, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the completion of a 2-year project to renovate and expand its clinic and outpatient care facilities in Aitkin.

The project, which broke ground in July 2017 and proceeded in four phases, included relocation and expansion of therapy services; a redesign of the specialty clinic to allow for expansion of services; renovation of the primary care clinic to support team-based patient care; and renovation of space for a new kidney care and dialysis center to open in Winter 2020 and be operated in partnership with CentraCare Health.

In addition, renovations to Riverwood’s emergency department created more space for patient care and a larger, more private waiting room for family members and visitors.

The project, with construction by Kraus-Anderson, was completed with an investment of about $15 million. The total square footage added on and remodeled as part of this project is 47,076 square feet — 19,161 square feet is new space and 27,915 feet was renovated.

“Individuals and organizations contributed more than $1.1 million through the Growing Together Capital Campaign,” said Riverwood CEO Todd Sandberg. “We are grateful for all the support from local residents who came together to invest in enhanced health care for the patients and communities we serve.  We remain strongly committed to providing access to quality health care while evaluating the everchanging needs of our local communities.”

The Grand Opening event will feature a short program, tours of the renovated areas and a demonstration of the new robotic surgery system, which was installed earlier this year.

Bring family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal served outdoors. Pick up a free gift and register for drawings for adult and kid prizes, including a kayak and a kid’s bike.  There is no need to RSVP.