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Riverwood offers COVID-19 testing update

Riverwood Healthcare Center continues to offer testing for COVID-19 at its Aitkin and McGregor locations. With a limited amount of test supplies, Riverwood is giving priority for testing to those who have COVID-19-like symptoms and meet these criteria: 1) Over age 65, 2) Living in or recently in congregate care (e.g. nursing homes, assisted living), […]

Dr. Paul Severson shares elective surgeries update on KKIN Radio

Dr. Paul Severson, General Surgeon and Chief of Surgery at Riverwood Healthcare Center, was interviewed about elective surgeries reopening on KKIN Radio’s Community Connections program on May 12, 2020. LISTEN TO FULL INTERVIEW “We are happy to bring elective surgeries back to Riverwood,” Dr. Severson said. ”Per Governor Walz’s order allowing elective surgeries to resume […]

Pay attention to your overall health

With a huge focus on COVID-19 and how to prevent it, there’s still a need to pay attention to all aspects of your health. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, or other acute or chronic conditions, don’t ignore warning signs that need medical attention. Call your health care provider to […]

Dr. David Taylor shares COVID-19 update on KKIN Radio

With the continued COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. David Taylor, Riverwood Healthcare’s emergency medicine physician and chief medical officer, offered up-to-date information about the coronavirus on KKIN Radio’s Community Connections program.  LISTEN TO FULL INTERVIEW “The good news is that the Shelter in Place order from Gov. Tim Walz is working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 […]

Riverwood makes changes to prevent COVID-19 spread

Riverwood Healthcare is taking additional steps to help control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), including doing screening for respiratory symptoms at clinic entrances, postponing routine, non-critical clinic appointments and elective surgeries, and offering phone appointments with health care providers. Although at the time of this writing, there have no positive cases in Aitkin County, “it […]

Dr. David Taylor gives COVID-19 interview on KKIN Radio

In February, Riverwood Healthcare set up an Incident Command unit to cover the information, preparation, and medical needs surrounding COVID-19, with Dr. Taylor as commander and Director of Nursing Jeanine LeBlanc as operations manager. All other departments at Riverwood are involved as needed for expertise in their areas. The Incident Command unit began meeting daily, […]

Riverwood activates coronavirus preparedness plan

In late February, Riverwood Healthcare Center began preparedness activities to plan for the potential arrival of patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Dr. David Taylor, chief medical officer for Riverwood, along with Jeanine LeBlanc, director of nursing, is leading an emergency preparedness team that is meeting weekly, or more frequently as needed, to take steps […]

Fall 2019 flu shots at Riverwood clinics

Influenza or “flu” is a serious contagious disease that kills thousands every year and is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine preventable disease in the United States. Minnesota influenza outbreaks typically occur between December through April. Antibodies develop about two weeks after getting the vaccine, but drops in the elderly and those […]

Riverwood Diabetes Education program merits national recognition

The Riverwood Healthcare Center diabetes self-management education program has been awarded continued Recognition status from the American Diabetes Association. The ADA Education Recognition assures that approved education services have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Services.   Riverwood’s program was originally recognized in 2005. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable […]

Riverwood flu clinics open

Influenza or “flu” is a serious contagious disease that kills thousands every year and is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine preventable disease in the United States. Minnesota influenza outbreaks typically occur between December through April. Antibodies develop about two weeks after getting the vaccine, but drops in the elderly and those […]