Riverwood welcomes new managers, infection control specialist

April Morris, Clinical Manager

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to welcome two new managers and a new infection preventionist.

April Morris is the new clinic and outpatient services manager overseeing clinical and nursing operations for Riverwood’s Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor clinics, including family practice, specialty and outpatient services. She brings 10 years of nursing management experience, most recently as the care coordination program manager for a healthcare system.  Her main office was located in Duluth, where she managed the care coordination programs throughout the healthcare system.  She holds an associate’s degree in Nursing from Lake Superior, Duluth, and is Wound Care certified from the Wound Care Education Institute.

“I like the sense of community here and putting the patient at the center of what we do,” Morris said. “I’m excited to be a part of all the great projects occurring here at Riverwood, including the focus on population health.”

Janel Kearney, Radiology Manager

Janel Kearney, former radiology technologist at Riverwood for eight years, has returned to become manager of Riverwood’s Radiology Department. She manages the daily operations of the diagnostic imaging department to ensure alignment with organizational objectives and regulatory standards. Kearney brings 14 years of experience in the radiology field, working most recently as a radiologic technologist in a cardiac cath lab for a Brainerd area medical center. She earned her associate arts degree in Radiologic Technology from Lake Superior College and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration to be completed summer 2018 from Eastern New Mexico University. “Radiography became an interest to me because of the dynamic work environment, the ability to work as a team, and provide care for patients,” Kearney said. “I am happy to be back working at Riverwood because it is a close knit organization that invests in its employees and focuses on personalized care.”

Laura Wood, Infection Preventionist

As an infection preventionist, Laura Wood’s primary job duties are to identify, prevent, and control outbreaks of infection in Riverwood’s hospital and clinics.

Previously, Wood worked as a clinical education coordinator for a health system in Fargo. She recently completed a master’s degree in public health from North Dakota State University, Fargo, and has a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Moorhead. She completed a one-year internship with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Infection Control and Response team, which sparked her interest in this field.

“I have a passion for learning and infection control is rapidly developing field,” Wood said. “I love knowing each day at work will be different and present challenges providing me the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary teams and critically analyze situations. The hospital staff members treat everyone with respect and consistently extend themselves to help each other. My choice to come to Riverwood is validated every day when I see these actions extend beyond the walls of the hospital and clinics into the community.”