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Mary Washington Hospital’s Structural Heart Program Adds TAVR to
its Valve Clinic
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive
surgical treatment option now available to patients with aortic stenosis
who are considered too high-risk for traditional open-heart surgery.
Aortic stenosis occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows and
obstructs blood flow to the body. As the condition progresses, the heart
weakens as it works harder to pump blood across the narrowed valve.
“Oscar” the Robot Joins the Stroke Team
Beginning in November, patients who arrived at Mary Washington Hospital’s
Emergency Department and were designated Code Neuro became able to benefit
from prompt telestroke consults with “Oscar,” the RP-LITE®
Robot manufactured by InTouch Health®.
Oscar is a two-way video and audio device that gives our neurologists 24/7
access to stroke patients. They may now perform emergent triage from any
remote location with the assistance of Oscar and a nurse at the patient’s bedside.
Positioned next to the patient’s bed, Oscar’s range of motion
and dual camera system allows for panoramic to close-up exams. Through
Oscar, our neurologists can conduct pupillary exams, cognitive assessments,
and assess a patient’s strengths and weaknesses.
During a stroke, time is brain — 2,000,000 brain cells may die every
minute. Prompt remote assessment helps to avoid delays in administering
the clot-busting drug IV t-PA (Activase), which saves those critical brain cells.
Mary Washington Hospital is an American Heart Association award-winning
Gold Plus® and Target Stroke Center, as well as a Joint Commission
Primary Stroke Center. Oscar is a valued member of our team who shares
our dedication to bringing the latest advances in stroke care to our community.
Stafford Hospital Adds Urological Care to its Services
In January 2015, Mary Washington Urology at Stafford, now known as Mary
Washington Medical Group Urology, became the newest medical practice to
join Mary Washington Healthcare. It opened in the Stafford Medical Pavilion
on the Stafford Hospital campus.
Urology Associates of Fredericksburg staffs for the practice using its
own board-certified physicians working on rotation. Daniel M. Hoffman,
MD, of Urology Associates of Fredericksburg, serves as medical director.
AccuBoost® Offers a Safer Way to Minimize Cancer Recurrence
The Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center has taken breast
cancer treatment to the next level with AccuBoost®. It’s a safe,
accurate, non-invasive image-guided breast irradiation system that decreases
the chance of cancer recurrence in women diagnosed with early-stage breast
cancer who choose breast conservation therapy.
Mary Washington Medical Group New Physicians
Mary Washington Medical Group Neurosurgery
Dr. Visioni is a neurosurgeon who earned his medical degree at the University
of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, where he also completed
an internship in general surgery and residency in neurosurgery. He also
served as a neurosurgical research fellow of the University of Vermont
Division of Neurosurgery, and earned his undergraduate degree at Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Dr. Visioni is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Visioni’s Areas of Clinical Focus & Interest
- Back and neck pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar radiculopathy and stenosis
- Brain and spinal trauma and tumors
- Subdural/epidural hematoma
- Intracerebral hemorrhage