Two King George County doctors whose contracts weren’t renewed by Pratt Medical Center will be able to continue their work in the same locality.
Dr. Rosier Dedwylder’s family medicine practice, which has operated for 33 years from a white house on Dahlgren Road near the Navy base, will become part of Mary Washington Healthcare. The regional system includes Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital and 28 other medical facilities and wellness services that stretch north to the Wound Healing Center in Woodbridge and southeast to the Regional Cancer Center at Montross.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ayanna McCray, a pediatrician in King George for 12 years, will join the Centercare Urgent Care and Family Practice in Dahlgren in August. Her former practice, King George Pediatrics, is in a shopping center near the King George Post Office, and is closing July 20.
Dedwylder said he and patients who’ve heard the news are overjoyed that King George isn’t losing its well-known providers. He thanked county leaders and politicians, from members of the King George Board of Supervisors to Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, for their work in making sure the doctors stayed put.
“I am just so happy, happy, happy that I’m going to be here,” Dedwylder said.
The need for new affiliations came about in April when Pratt Medical Center announced it was splitting from Sentara Healthcare, a Norfolk-based facility. The two joined forces in July 2015 under the name Sentara Pratt Medical Group, and officials from both companies said goals that each partner established either weren’t realized or had changed.
The two agreed to part ways in October, and Pratt—the region’s oldest medical practice—announced it would go back to being an independent medical group.
In the days after the announcement, Dedwylder and McCray learned their contracts weren’t being renewed. King George officials and community leaders quaked at the potential loss, and Ruby Brabo, the county’s at-large supervisor, called together a group of local, regional and community leaders to discuss solutions.
She and fellow Supervisor John Jenkins Jr. have spent two years exploring the possibility of a stand-alone hospital or emergency room in the county “and to lose the little [medical services] we have was stressful and concerning,” she said.
The community rallied, along with state and regional politicians, she said. Brabo thanked Mary Washington Healthcare for “jumping through a lot of hoops” to bring Dedwylder’s practice into its fold.
“We’re honored to be able to make sure the practice stays where it is for many years to come,” said Eric Fletcher, MWH’s senior vice president for strategy and business development.
Dedwylder’s office will continue under the Sentara–Pratt name until Oct. 8, then close for a few days to allow for changes in office hardware and software before reopening under the auspices of MWH.
Lisa Duggan, a physician’s assistant in the office since 2006, will continue with the practice, and Dedwylder hopes the rest of the current staff will stay in place.
The transition of medical records is still being worked out, and Fletcher asked patients to hold tight. Within a month, he said, the office should be able to send out a letter with details.
As for McCray, she’s joining an urgent care center that opened at the corner of State Route 206 and U.S. 301 in April. Centercare is affiliated with Pedsplus Pediatric Primary and Urgent Care on Cowan Boulevard in Fredericksburg and is open six days a week. It provides urgent care, as well as adult and pediatric primary care.
“Dr. McCray will be a great addition to our practice in King George, given she is well-known and established,” said Dr. Jean Laurore, medical director.
McCray’s nurse practitioner, Christen Talaiver, is not moving to Centercare, Laurore said, but one of McCray’s medical assistants will join the staff.
Patients of McCray’s who want to follow her need to submit a records release form from Sentara–Pratt. Those requesting records after McCray’s office closes July 20 can turn in the form at any Sentara–Pratt office in the area.