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Posted on: August 01, 2017
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Riverwood Healthcare Center is expanding once again. This time, the expansion – at a cost of about $14.9 million – will focus on the clinic campus in Aitkin.

Groundbreaking for the project took place July 17 with a program that drew about 100 people.

“This is an exciting day for all of us here at Riverwood,” said Chad Cooper, Riverwood CEO. “More importantly, this is a great day for the patients and communities we serve. It represents our commitment to providing access to quality health care as well as our pursuit of healthy communities.”

Dr. Ben Parker, nephrologist with CentraCare Health who provides kidney care at Riverwood’s specialty clinic, advised that the dialysis center in Aitkin will become one of about 10 that CentraCare operates in communities around central Minnesota. The number of kidney dialysis patients currently served by CentraCare totals about 500, with 50 getting home dialysis service.

“I’m happy to see kidney care come to Aitkin,” Parker said. “The dialysis unit will be an incredible help to family members and friends who now need to drive loved ones to Brainerd or Duluth for dialysis. I commend Riverwood for moving forward with this project as well as those offering financial support.”

Clinic expansion and renovation overview

The construction project is expected to last about 23 months, putting the tentative completion at spring 2019. The total square footage added on and remodeled as part of this project is 47,601 square feet – 19,161 square feet is new and the rest is remodeled.

The key clinic changes will include renovation of space to offer comprehensive kidney care and a new kidney dialysis facility to be operated in partnership with CentraCare Health; redesign of the specialty clinic, allowing for expansion of current service lines, including a new GI lab for the Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center; renovation of the Aitkin primary care clinic to support a team-based approach, continuing to advance well-coordinated and patient- centered care; relocation and expansion of the rehabilitation department, providing easier access for patients; and expansion of space to allow for growth in the orthopaedic department with easier access and additional imaging capabilities.

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