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 […]

Robotic-assisted hernia surgery speeds recovery

Patients in need of hernia repair no longer need to travel to larger cities for robotic surgery. Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin offers state-of-the-art robotic-assisted surgery for hernia repair using the da Vinci® surgical robot. The general surgeons with the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Riverwood are experienced in using the latest minimally […]

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 […]

Take GERD out of the holidays

During the holiday season food plays such a big role in the festivities and fun. Unfortunately, huge meals and holiday snacking can bring digestive upset and misery for those suffering from chronic heartburn and acid gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, there are steps you can take to minimize your GERD discomfort and increase your enjoyment […]

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 […]

McGregor restaurant supports breast health

Bann’s Bar and Restaurant of McGregor continues its tradition of raising funds to promote breast cancer awareness. Each Friday in October, owners Chrissy Pierce (left) and Lisa Bann (right) gathered $1.00 from each dinner special purchase, which this year amounted to a $1,200 donation made to support breast health at Riverwood Healthcare Center.

Riverwood clinics to close for holidays

Riverwood Healthcare Center’s clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Wed., Dec. 25, and Wed., Jan. 1. The clinics will also close early at noon on Tues., Dec. 24, and Tues., Dec. 31 for the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve holidays. The Urgent […]