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King George County, and specifically the area east of the Courthouse, has quietly become the regional center of health and wellness in the area.
With the opening of three new medical practices in King George in the Journal Complex on Route 3 and the services being planned for, area residents are privy to most of the personal services they seek to provide for the quality of life they wish for themselves and their families.
In the past several weeks, a new family practice, Gateway Primary Care, staffed by Dr. Nancy Wang, has opened at the Gateway Medical Urgent Care Center and in December, King George Pediatrics is moving into the Gateway Urgent Care building.
Those practices, added to the new Gateway Urgent Care Center have provided the stimulus needed to bring real comprehensive medical care to the King George area.
Dana Tate, owner of King George Medical Center, Ltd., which owns these practices in addition to King George Medical Center, had this to say about the area: “We will continue to grow to meet the healthcare needs of the area residents. Our newest practice, Gateway Primary Care brings much needed additional high quality medical care via Dr. Nancy Wang. Dr. Wang is not only board certified in Family Practice, she is a well skilled and well liked physician, having practiced in the Fredericksburg area for over 8 years. I believe she is the perfect fit for King George.
“Having several other health care providers such as, dentists, mental/behavioral health, laboratory, chiropractic and podiatry close to us I feel proves to serve patients well.”
Added to that, and with excitement, Dr. Richard Cottrell, DDS and two of his associates, Dr. Michael Clark and Dr. Joshua Swanson, are opening a Medicaid Dental practice in space Cottrell is vacating to move into his new building, which is under construction on the north side of Route 3 directly in the middle of this area.
The new practice, to be known as Community Dental Medicaid center, will become the destination of the many families in the region who have Medicaid, but have nowhere in the area to get dental services.
“Medicaid covers dental care for 38 percent of children in the local area,” Cottrell said. “While these children are covered, they have very few places to go to receive dental care. The need for dentists who will accept Medicaid is great.”
Currently, local residents need to go to Fredericksburg or Richmond to find dentists who will take Medicaid, with practices in Fredericksburg taking very few new patients.
These three practices enhance the other services that have either moved into the regional location or were already in place in this area. These include:King George Family Chiropractic Center and Dr. Inez Weekes, podiatrist, in the Journal building.
In the new Gateway Urgent Care Building are the Urgent Care Center, Medicorp Outreach Laboratory, King George Counseling Center, and the Hearing Aid Place.
Dr. Roberto Canizares maintains his long-time practice on Route 3 and the King George County Health Department and Department of Social Services are long-term fixtures in the community.
For senior day care, Fox Towne Adult Day Care Center is almost next door to the Journal Complex.
New to the area in the past year also is the YMCA with its health and wellness features.
The new free medical clinic for those with no insurance, which operates out of the Social Services office, is planned to be relocated in the new community center being organized by Fronce Wardlaw, of Project Faith. Project Faith is just opening is new Angelwood Phase II this month.
“Project FAITH, Inc, in cooperation with King George County, is in the predevelopment phase of The King George HELP Center (Health/Higher Education, Learning, Parenting assistance) Center,” Wardlaw said. “The project is master planned to be a 30,000 square foot, LEED certified building, offering an array of health and human services for low income families.”
Dr. Cottrell’s practice, Smiles, will be moving to its new location soon and, in the meantime, the new Medicaid practice staffed by Drs. Cottrell, Swanson and Clark will operate on weekends and more days as the practice grows. They expect to be open at least one Saturday in December.
Medicaid covers most dental care for children enrolled in the program. The new Medicaid dental office will provide a full range of services.
Dr. Cottrell noted the complexities of Medicaid billing and that this may be a reason that few offices are willing to accept Medicaid patients. Office staff who will be at the King George location have taken training on Medicaid requirements. The practice will initially open on a part time basis. As the practice increases, it should be open full time.
King George County ordered a health care needs assessment in 2007, and it outlined the severe shortage and need for medical services of all kinds in the area. New offices show the needs are slowly being filled, but there is still a shortage in the medical field for King George. According to commercial broker Ralph Peregory of Exit Realty, “Several local developers have space available in this area and there are developers who are more than willing to be flexible to fill the medical needs