Urgent Care moves from ER to Aitkin clinic

Riverwood is excited to announce the transition of its Urgent Care service from the emergency department to its clinic in Aitkin. Effective April 13, patients who come in for urgent care will check in at the same location in our main lobby but will be examined in the clinic instead of the emergency room area.

Riverwood nurse practitioners will staff Urgent Care, seeing patients in the Aitkin clinic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. These providers bring years of experience in treating patients of all ages for a wide spectrum of diseases and injuries.

“The transition of Urgent Care from the ER to the clinic will benefit patients in several ways,” says Dr. Mark Heggem, Chief Medical Officer at Riverwood. “The cost of care is less expensive in the clinic setting than the ER so patients can save money on their insurance deductibles and copayments. In addition, patient wait times won’t be affected by how busy the emergency room is.”

When to use Urgent Care

Urgent Care is an option for treatment outside of clinic hours or when a same-day appointment is not available.

The Urgent Care clinic can handle a variety of conditions that need to be treated right away, but not emergencies such as chest pain, difficulty breathing or uncontrolled bleeding. Some symptoms that can be treated at Urgent Care include fever without rash, minor trauma such as a common sprain, painful urination, persistent diarrhea, severe sore throat, or vomiting.