Riverwood Breaks Ground on HDR-Designed Expansion

Riverwood Healthcare Center broke ground July 17 on a 45,000-square-foot, HDR-designed expansion to its medical campus in Aitkin, Minnesota. The $14.9 million project is a major expansion for the 11-acre site. HDR worked closely with Riverwood to develop a multi-phase plan that will enhance the patient experience of the hospital and streamline operations in patient care areas with projected completion in 2019. Physician input played a key role in expansion and renovation.

Key features of the design include:

  • A new kidney dialysis facility to offer comprehensive kidney care in renovated space.
  • Renovation of the primary care clinic in Aitkin to support team-based care and advance coordinated, patient-centered care.
  • A specialty clinic redesign, allowing for the expansion of current services such as a new GI lab for the Minnesota Reflux & Heartburn Center.
  • Expansion and relocation of the rehabilitation department leading to easier patient access.
  • An expansion to aid the growth of the orthopedic department with additional imaging capabilities.

“I’m happy to see kidney care come to Aitkin,” said Ben Parker, MD, a nephrologist who provides kidney care at Riverwood’s specialty clinic, in a press release. “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.”

HDR has guided the design for expansion and renovation since 2006 and Kraus-Anderson is working with Riverwood on construction.

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