Riverwood to host surgery expansion grand opening

Riverwood Healthcare Center is thrilled to invite the community to the grand opening of its newly expanded surgery addition on Monday, August 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This celebration […]

Riverwood welcomes new pre-op nurse practitioner

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Pre-operative Nurse Practitioner Brittany Howe, who began working in a new position in early June. Howe meets with patients scheduled for surgery, performing […]

Riverwood welcomes new human resources officer

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to introduce Jessica Schmiesing as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and member of its senior management team. She is responsible for the overall human resources […]

Local woman earns Deaf studies, national sign language honors

In mid-May, Vicki Johnson-Sherbrooke, who works in housekeeping for Riverwood Healthcare Center at its Garrison clinic, graduated with high honors earning a Deaf Studies Certificate at Central Lakes College in […]

Bonnie O’Neil wraps up 50 years with Riverwood

Bonnie O’Neil wasn’t looking for a job when she was admitted to the Aitkin Community Hospital in Aitkin in 1973. She had suffered a broken leg in a snowmobile accident […]

Nurse practitioner joins cardiology team at Riverwood

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce that Nurse Practitioner Laura Biewer of the Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI) has joined the cardiology provider team. Specializing in cardiovascular and […]

Riverwood introduces new orthopaedic provider

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to welcome a new member to its orthopaedic team in Aitkin, Nurse Practitioner Jeff Temple. With a wide array of clinical and surgical experience, Temple […]

Nurse anesthetist joins Riverwood

Kelly Anderson, a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA), has joined Riverwood Healthcare Center’s surgical services provider team. Anderson brings more than 20 years of anesthesia experience, including 14 years at Regions […]

Riverwood celebrates staff milestone anniversaries

On Nov. 2, Riverwood Healthcare Center honored 46 employees and retirees who have celebrated milestone anniversaries or retirement in the past year at a special dinner at Ruttger’s Bay Lake […]

Online app helps manage medications

Managing prescription medications can be time-consuming and complex. Now there’s an online tool called RxLocal that can help make the process easier. “Mobile apps like RxLocal streamline pharmacy service and […]

Physical therapist joins Riverwood Healthcare

Heather Molenda, physical therapist, has joined Riverwood Healthcare Center’s therapy services team. Molenda’s prior experience includes working in physical therapy roles for 30 years in a variety of health care […]

Riverwood to offer Covid-19 vaccinations

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available locally, and Riverwood Healthcare Center will offer two public clinics where individuals may get both the flu and Covid shots the last week in […]

Riverwood receives statewide award for community benefits

Riverwood Healthcare Center was recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for one of the outstanding community programs in Minnesota with its Riverwood Connects program. At the recent 2023 MHA […]

Riverwood 2023 flu clinics open

Flu season is coming and getting vaccinated offers the best protection. The vaccine works to reduce the risk of getting seriously ill, including hospitalizations, pneumonia and death. Riverwood Healthcare Center […]

General surgeon brings advanced training in endoscopic surgery

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce the addition of Evan Kelly, MD, to its general surgery team. Dr. Kelly was the fifteenth surgeon to complete a one-year Fellowship training […]

Be aware of prostate cancer risks, screening

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer diagnosed in men, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, after lung cancer. […]

Nurse anesthetist joins Riverwood

Holly Frischmon, a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA), has joined Riverwood Healthcare Center’s surgical services provider team. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minor in Biology from the College […]

MRI’s new features help claustrophobic patient

Undergoing an MRI imaging scan can be daunting, especially if a person is prone to feeling claustrophobic in small, tight spaces. When Colleen Richards needed to undergo an MRI to […]

Riverwood presents DAISY Award to hospital nurse

Riverwood Healthcare Center participates in the DAISY Award honoring exemplary nurses who have been recognized by a patient for their extraordinary act of compassion or a relationship that they have […]

Riverwood announces specialty clinic manager

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce Kari Carlson, registered nurse, as specialty clinic manager for its clinic in Aitkin. This role is a new position to help support day-to-day […]

Riverwood Diabetes Education program earns national recognition

The Riverwood Healthcare Center diabetes self-management education program in Aitkin, Minn., has been awarded continued Recognition status from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Riverwood’s program was originally recognized by the […]

Riverwood presents DAISY Award to oncology nurse

Riverwood Healthcare Center participates in the DAISY Award honoring exemplary nurses who have been recognized by a patient for their extraordinary act of compassion or a relationship that they have […]

Acid reflux can cause esophageal cancer

Each year, the month of April is dedicated to the observance of Esophageal Cancer Awareness and education regarding the risk of Esophageal Cancer posed by persistent heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal […]

Riverwood offers quick access to prescription medications

When you or a family member has a new acute illness, Riverwood Healthcare Center offers quick access to prescription medications via the InstyMeds Dispenser, an automated prescription dispensing cabinet, which […]

National list of rural health care execs includes Riverwood CEO

A recent issue of Becker’s Hospital Review features Riverwood Healthcare Center CEO Ken Westman on its national list of “80 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” for 2023. This list highlights […]

Riverwood shares surgery expansion update

  Riverwood Healthcare Center reports that significant progress has been made on its surgery expansion construction project at its hospital in Aitkin. Designed by DSGW Architects with Kraus-Anderson as the […]

Riverwood announces diabetes care, education nurse

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce Breann Goedken has moved into the position of diabetes care and education nurse. With the completion of her registered nurse degree from Central […]

Therapy dogs bring cheer, comfort

Two furry friends specialize in bringing smiles and joy to young and old alike. Just about everyone they see is excited to see and pet them. Muppet and Snickers, both […]

Riverwood welcomes first 2023 baby

Welcome Lucas David, Riverwood’s first baby of the new year! Baby Lucas was born to Elizabeth and Chris Lilley on Jan. 2 at 5:47 p.m., weighing 6 lbs. and 19 […]