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Joint Commission awards Riverwood accreditation

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation became effective May 13 after Riverwood underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey on March 22-23. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the Aitkin hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The accreditation award recognizes Riverwood’s dedication to complying with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis. 

“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to show patients that we are committed to the highest level of safety and quality care,” said Michael Hagen, Riverwood CEO, in a news release. “We are firmly committed to making continuous improvement in the healthcare we provide to patients.”

Mark Pelletier, registered nurse, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission, stated: “In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Riverwood has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients. Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Riverwood for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Riverwood Healthcare Center operates a critical access, 24-bed hospital located in Aitkin. With designations for Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Hospital, Level I Heart Attack Program and Level III Trauma Center, services include 24-hour emergency care intensive/coronary care, urgent care, inpatient and outpatient surgery with many minimally invasive procedures, birthing suites, specialty care, rehabilitation services and more.

Riverwood offers outpatient care at clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor. Riverwood is staffed by approximately 350 health care professionals. 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.