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Mary Washington Hospital has been named a High Performing Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 11 adult procedures and conditions in its 2024-2025 Best Hospitals rankings. The hospital was recognized for excellence in procedures and conditions such as COPD, diabetes, heart attack, hip replacement, lung cancer surgery, and more.

“This recognition is a testament to our physicians and staff’s unwavering commitment to patient care,” said Dr. Mike McDermott, CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings are designed to assist patients and their healthcare providers in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or elective procedures. U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Hospitals awarded a “Best” designation excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level of nursing care, and patient experience.

Overall, Mary Washington Hospital was ranked seventh among hospitals in Virginia and seventh among hospitals in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

 

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Mary Washington Healthcare has announced that providers from Elite Women’s Health will join its healthcare system.

Dr. Leedylyn Stadulis, Courtney Miller, Lauren Backy, Julie Flanagan, and Megan Pham will join Mary Washington Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) at a new Fredericksburg office located at 4710 Spotsylvania Parkway.  Dr. Brittany Bowler will see patients at Mary Washington OBGYN at 1300 Hospital Drive.

Dr. Zeenat Patel will not join Mary Washington Medical Group and will establish her own practice, Elite Gynecology and Wellness, with Women’s Health Care Nurse Practioner Heather Pickett,  focusing on gynecology and related health services. Elite Gynecology and Wellness will be located in Fredericksburg, VA, and will not offer obstetrical care.

The announcement follows the closing of several OBGYN practices in the Fredericksburg Area. Women’s Health and Surgery Center closed in March 2024 and Rappahannock Women’s Health closed in August 2023.

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Lake Anna (Photo: Virginia State Parks)

Virginia’s Department of Health (VDH) has set up an outbreak investigation website documenting the outbreak of Shiga toxin-inducing Escherichia coli (E. coli) infections in Lake Anna swimmers. 25 cases have been confirmed, and the only known common factor is swimming in the lake on Memorial Day weekend.

VDH says 76% of cases are children and 21 are Virginia residents. 7 cases developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a rare complication that affects kidney functions. As Potomac Local previously reported, several children were hospitalized and on dialysis due to the severity of their symptoms.

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Lake Anna State Park [Photo: Virginia Department of Conservation]
Virginia’s Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed 20 known cases of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) infections in patients who swam at Lake Anna over Memorial Day weekend. Deputy Director Katherine McCombs said swimming at the lake is the only known connection between the patients.

Randal Brown, of Augusta County, near Charlottesville, said his family visited the lake on May 25 and May 26. Everyone went swimming and ate the same food. His son Bentley, who just turned eight, was the only one to get sick. The family went to the Augusta Health ER on May 30 when Bentley had severe stomach pain.

He was diagnosed with a virus and discharged, Randal said. The ER doctors said he would be OK to travel, but during the next day’s drive to Florida, he started having bloody diarrhea. After consulting with their pediatrician, the family went to a pediatric ER in Florida, where Bentley was admitted and diagnosed with E. coli that evening. Randal said his son had been showing some improvement, and they were able to drive home on June 7 before his son’s symptoms worsened again.

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Lake Anna is Virginia's third largest lake (Image from VA Department of Conservation and Recreation)

The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed to Potomac Local it has launched an investigation after multiple people fell ill after swimming at Lake Anna over Memorial Day weekend. While the state health agency has not said how many are sick, all have reported gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses. According to agency spokeswoman Brookie Crawford, some have been diagnosed with Escherichia coli (E. coli) infections.

*Update 06/06/24 3:14 p.m.* VDH has confirmed it is actively investigating 10 cases, with several others reported but unconfirmed.

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An artist's rendering of the Fredericksburg Health Care Center, a new VA medical center in Spotsylvania County.

A new VA hospital in Spotsylvania County, set to open in March 2025, is generating significant concern about traffic congestion in the area.

The hospital, located along Route 1 near the I-95 corridor at Exit 126, just south of Fredericksburg, is expected to increase traffic flow and potentially cause congestion on the already busy roadways.

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As the Veterans Affairs Clinic enters the final year of construction, there are several transportation improvements north of Exit 126 in Fredericksburg to improve access to this needed facility for area veterans.

This May, the ribbon will be cut on one of those improvements: the Route 17 bridge over Interstate 95 at Mills Drive, just south of the clinic. The $23.5 million project includes a four-lane bridge with pedestrian accommodations. The old bridge was “structurally deficient,” VDOT said.

Hood Drive is being improved just north of the clinic. A modified turn lane and a raised median will separate north and southbound traffic between Courthouse Road and McGowan Drive. This will also provide a second clinic entrance off Hood Drive.

At Patriot Highway (Route 1), VDOT is constructing an interchange with traffic signals and turn lanes right in front of the clinic. Officials said this will improve access to the new clinic, which is expected to open in early 2025.

The clinic is in Spotsylvania County, which provided significant funding for road improvements. All the upgrades were on state roads, so VDOT was involved.

Once The Ribbon Is Cut

The new 470,000-square-foot clinic will be named Fredericksburg Health Care Center and is expected to serve more than 29,000 Veterans annually in various areas, including primary care, mental health care, specialty care, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, and more.

It is on a 48-acre parcel of land located southeast of Fredericksburg city, east of I-95. Harvey-Cleary Builders is constructing the facility, which incorporates a Georgian and neoclassical style of architecture in tune with many structures in Fredericksburg. Inside, there’s a concentration on green spaces and a healing garden.

Currently, depending on what kind of treatment area veterans need, they can go to the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center or choose to go to the VA clinics in Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg clinics are at 10401 Spotsylvania Ave. and 130 Executive Center Parkway.

d David Hodge, a VA Health Care System spokesman, said the current VA clinics in Fredericksburg will likely close when the new facility opens next year.

Construction on this new building began when officials gathered to break ground on November 4, 2021. Participants holding the golden shovels included Capt. Drew Bigby, with the Navy’s National Capital Region, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va, 1), Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves (R), Lisa Gregory from Disabled American Veterans, and other VA officials.

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Fredericksburg Continuum of Care: On January 22, 2024 the Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care (CoC) received funding in the amount of $21,000 to support the Community Based Eligibility Worker Program to provide outreach to individuals and families experiencing homeless to access Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily.

hoThe CoC is the federally mandated coalition responsible for planning and implementing homeless services throughout Planning District 16, including the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, and the City of Fredericksburg.

The awarded grant from the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund will support access to critical benefits across Planning District 16 for vulnerable communities. The CoC partners with Micah Ecumenical Ministries to staff a full-time staff position who walks households through connecting to 2 community benefits.

This is the third year that Micah and the CoC have received this funding. In the last year, funds were used to connect more than 180 people with needed Medicaid and SNAP benefits.

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Mary Washington Healthcare: Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) is proud to announce the three-year re-accreditation of Mary Washington Hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Department by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Accreditation was received in all available modules which includes body, cardiac, head, spine, musculoskeletal, and MR Angiography. There were no recommendations for improvement.

The ACR is the gold standard in medical imaging. Receiving accreditation validates that the equipment and clinical images meet strict quality standards, and the physicians and technologists have the appropriate education and credentials to interpret and perform MRI imaging procedures.

To learn more about MWHC’s Imaging Services and locations to serve you, click here.

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