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Aitkin hospital earns Joint Commission, five-star approvals

Riverwood Healthcare Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Critical Access Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. For the third time since its initial accreditation […]

Riverwood clinics close for July 4th holiday

Riverwood Healthcare Center’s clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor will be closed for the July 4th holiday on Fri., July 3. The Urgent Care clinic in Aitkin will also be closed on July 3. Urgent Care hours are typically in 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for major holidays. The Aitkin clinic […]

Riverwood opens Aitkin pharmacy

On June 29, Riverwood Healthcare Center opened a new retail pharmacy co-located with Paulbeck’s County Market in Aitkin. “We are pleased to partner with Paulbeck’s County Market to bring a new retail pharmacy to Aitkin,” said Riverwood CEO Todd Sandberg. “We think local residents and seasonal visitors will enjoy the convenience of shopping for their […]

Riverwood lifts some visitor restrictions

While we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, Riverwood Healthcare Center has limited visitors to patients in our hospital, emergency department and clinics. We have been making compassionate exceptions and will continue to do so. Due to a low incidence of COVID-19 illness at this time, Riverwood is lifting some of the restrictions as follows: […]

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 […]

Riverwood introduces telehealth virtual visits

Riverwood Healthcare Center is tapping virtual technology to offer patients the opportunity to meet with their health care providers remotely from home. To enable a virtual visit with audio and video, those with an internet connection can do this from home. Devices that may be used include a smartphone, laptop, iPad, tablet, or a computer […]

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 […]

Chronic Pain class series in Aitkin

Living with chronic pain every day can be a huge challenge. Now there is help to discover strategies for managing pain. Riverwood Healthcare Center is offering a class called “Living Well with Chronic Pain” in Aitkin. The class will meet on six Thursdays, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5 and […]

Riverwood welcomes first 2020 baby

It’s a girl! The first baby of the year at Riverwood Healthcare Center, Brooklyn Rhea, was born to Casey Pangburn and Vernon Connors of McGregor, on Jan. 14 at 7:31 p.m. Nurse Midwife Megan Workman delivered the baby, 6 lbs., 12 oz., and 18.75 inches long. For this special “first baby” honor, Riverwood CEO Todd […]

Riverwood has 49-year history with RPAP

In mid-December, Riverwood was pleased to host Dr. Ray Christensen, faculty member from the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP), for a site visit. Over the past 49 years, Riverwood has hosted and mentored 40 RPAP students, with the first one in 1971! Through the RPAP program, a third-year medical student lives in a rural community […]