Mary Washington Healthcare Forms New Affiliate Group
Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) has formed a new provider group for its
affiliated physician practices. Mary Washington Medical Group is the new
name adopted by its 14 medical practices and the more than 43 providers
who are affiliated with MWHC throughout the Fredericksburg region.
Unifying the various practices and providers will help cut costs, increase
access to care, and raise the practices’ profiles through clearer
affiliation with MWHC. This is important because the delivery of healthcare
is increasingly fragmented. Walk-in clinics are proliferating, encouraging
patients to receive routine care from places they normally visit, such
as department or grocery stores. While this may be convenient at the time
of service, it may lead to fragmented care and undetected serious or life-threatening issues.
“We want to encourage [patients] to seek their medical care under
the Mary Washington umbrella so our physicians may consult, share information
and make referrals across specialties as needed,” said Dr. Mike
McDermott, CEO and president of MWHC.