We depend on hospitals to offer life-saving care every day. In a rural area where distance to the nearest hospital is typically much greater than in a metro area, getting advanced life support care in a timely manner is more critical than ever.
At Riverwood Healthcare Center, its emergency department staff trains intensively and regularly to deliver comprehensive advanced life support. In 2008, Riverwood Healthcare Center became the third hospital in Minnesota to receive the prestigious certification of excellence in emergency care – the CALS Hospital designation. In mid-September at our annual gala event in Aitkin, two representatives of the CALS program presented Riverwood with a plaque of recertification as a CALS Hospital.
CALS is a national program designed to provide lifesaving emergency medical education for rural health care providers. CALS is now one of the premier education programs for rural healthcare providers.