Together we will.

Since 1955, Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin has evolved to becoming a regional healthcare destination with its modern facility, exceptional providers, specialty clinics, and nationally recognized surgeons. Riverwood is proud to provide high-quality, compassionate, and personalized primary, specialty, and surgical care. Skilled healthcare professionals expertly diagnose and treat a wide range of medical concerns.

A 25-bed critical access hospital, with onsite helipad, Riverwood provides emergency and surgical care 24/7/365. Riverwood has been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States and is a certified Level III Trauma Center, receiving the Guardian of Excellence Award in 2020.

The medical campus is conveniently located just 14 miles east of Cuyuna in the heart of Northwoods lake country in north-central Minnesota.

Where innovation meets expertise

Riverwood’s staff of professionally recognized specialists includes national experts and teaching surgeons in their respective fields. With more than 25 years of surgical excellence in both minimally invasive and traditional surgery, and now robotic-assisted surgery, the team of surgeons draws patients from around the state and Midwest region.

Riverwood is currently under construction on a 70,000 square foot state-of-the -art, innovative, surgery expansion that will be home to its many surgical teams and an expanded specialty clinic. The new facility will open in 2024 featuring:

  • Six integrated operating rooms to support robotic-assisted technology (da Vinci® and VELYS® robotics) used in general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, and OB/GYN. The operating rooms will be larger and redesigned to accommodate these and other innovations that enhance patient recovery and care.
  • New clinic space for general surgery, urology, and OB/GYN.
  • Hybrid operating room combining a traditional operating room with an image-guided interventional suite to facilitate highly complex, advanced surgical procedures.

Advanced specialty clinics and partners include:

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

  • Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics
  • Fellowship-trained surgeons

General Surgery

  • Hernia Specialists of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Reflux & Heartburn Center
  • Minnesota Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Fellowship-trained surgeons

Advanced Urology Care

  • One of seven surgeons in Minnesota performing HoLep procedure


  • Minnesota Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology


  • Great River Eye Clinic

Ear, Nose, and Throat

  • Advanced Specialty Associates

Access a continuum of care

Patients can access primary care at clinics in Aitkin, Garrison, and McGregor. Care at our specialty clinics and our Same Day Clinic for non-life-threatening concerns (urgent care) are located inside Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin. Riverwood pharmacies are located at Paulbeck’s County Market in Aitkin, in Garrison, and in McGregor.

Work where others play
If you’d like to work where others come to play, check out the job openings at Riverwood Healthcare Center. It’s where career opportunities and growth meet relaxation and fun. Enjoy world-class outdoor recreation on more than 200 lakes and 200,000 acres of public land. Learn more about Riverwood job openings.