Riverwood welcomes new social worker

Heather Benedett, LSW

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce that Heather Benedett has joined the social services team. As a licensed social worker, she works with hospital patients, families and the medical staff to coordinate discharge planning and connect patients with community services as needed.

“Heather brings extensive social services experience and knowledge to this position,” said Chief Nursing Officer Carla Zupko. “We are pleased to welcome her to our Riverwood team.”

For the last seven years, Benedett has worked in child protection with Crow Wing County Health and Human Services. Previously, she worked for a mental health center providing school-based services to children in need. In 2009, she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Cloud State University.

A native of Brainerd, Benedett and her husband, Nick, have two children, a 19-year-old daughter, Mya, and an 11-year-old son, Keegan. In her time away from work, she enjoys mountain biking, traveling, spending time with her family and outdoor activities.