AITKIN — In early 2011, the Otto Bremer Foundation pledged generous support for the hospital expansion and renovations at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin with a $300,000 challenge grant. A little more than a year later, Riverwood Foundation reported that the community donations, which were matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $300,000, helped the foundation meet this challenge.
The Otto Bremer Foundation contributed $150,000 to Riverwood Foundation to kick off the Better Together Capital Campaign and is giving an additional $150,000 now that the challenge grant has been met.
“The Otto Bremer Foundation has provided outstanding support for our capital campaign and the challenge grant helped to motivate community members to give generously as well,” says Jodie Johnson, interim executive director of Riverwood Foundation. “We gratefully thank all those individuals and organizations who responded to the challenge to double their dollars to support the hospital expansion and renovations here in Aitkin.”
Mike Steffen, president of Bremer Bank in Aitkin, comments: “Bremer Bank in Aitkin is proud to be a community partner with Riverwood Healthcare. In the 13 years that Bremer has been part of the community of Aitkin, we have always been very impressed with the way the community is willing to support our local health care system. This support is a perfect example of why Otto Bremer, our founder, had such a strong belief in rural communities and felt the need to support those communities by way of grants from the Otto Bremer Foundation.”
Loren Larson, Riverwood Foundation board member and donor from Garrison, explained why he gave to the capital campaign: “At some time in our lives, we all will have the need for health care and when that time comes, we want the very best care available to us. Riverwood has assembled an administrative team and a team of medical professionals to provide outstanding health care to Aitkin County and surrounding communities in a new and remodeled state-of-the-art facility. I consider it a privilege to participate in the capital campaign and support the ongoing health care needs in our community.”
To date, donations to the Better Together campaign total more than $1.6 million with another $600,000 that must be raised to reach the $2.2 million goal by the end of 2012.
For more information about the expansion project and to make a tax-deductible gift, visit www.riverwoodhealthcare.com/bettertogether or call the Foundation office at (218) 927-5554.