Second phase of clinic/hospital lobby renovations to begin

The first phase of renovations for the main lobby of Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, which have been under way since October, will reach completion in mid-February.  On Feb. 19, five new check-in stations for both clinic appointments and hospital admissions will open to the left of the front desk reception area. With partial walls separating the stations, the new check-in area will offer greater privacy and convenience for patients.

In mid-February, the second phase of construction work to replace flooring and wall coverings for the lobby waiting areas will begin.  Signs will direct patients and visitors to areas that are temporarily closed to foot traffic. 

From Feb. 18 through March 1, there will be no lobby access to the emergency room, and patients will be escorted to an alternate entrance in the hospital’s main corridor. For a two-week period from the first week in March to March 15, the main entrance and entry area will be closed from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m.  Signs will direct patients and visitors to an alternate entrance and exit during this evening and overnight period. Staff escorts will be on hand to guide patients and visitors as needed.

“We have planned this next phase of lobby construction work so that there is minimal disruption for patients and visitors during day-time hours,” says Michael Hagen, Riverwood CEO.  “We appreciate the patience and understanding of all during these months of construction activity throughout our facility.”

Riverwood’s lobby renovations are expected to reach completion the third week in March. On March 25, diabetes education and nursing services for wound care, ostomy care, continence and foot care will open in new space within the hospital, just off the main lobby. The only Riverwood service that will remain in the Outpatient Services facility at 601 Bunker Hill Drive is the sleep study lab.

The last major renovation to enlarge the hospital’s cafeteria and dining room will get under way the second week in February and finish up in late April. Riverwood plans to host a grand re-opening of the hospital and clinic in late May.