Valley Health’s Page Memorial Hospital plans to open a family medical practice this fall on U.S. 211 near Washington.
Family practice physician and Rappahannock County native D. Brooke Miller, M.D., and his wife, nurse practitioner Anne Miller, will be the primary providers. Their family farm is less than a mile away.
Valley Health will be renovating the building at 12699 Lee Hwy. (the building housed Dr. Ash’s dental clinic until late last year) to accommodate three exam rooms and upgraded technology requirements for Epic, the nonprofit health system’s electronic medical records system.
Real estate agent Sam Snead, who owns the building (and maintained a satellite office there for his Front Royal operation until this year), said Valley Health will lease the building with an option to purchase it at some later date. Valley Health submitted a preliminary site plan to the county administrator’s office last month for the renovations.
The clinic would increase the number of physicians practicing in the county by a third.
Jerry Martin, M.D., practices at the Rappahannock Medical Center in Washington, though many speculate he is nearing retirement [see comment below; his office says Martin has no such plans]. John McCue, D.O., maintains a busy office a stone’s throw from the Millers’ future clinic, but has not been accepting new patients for years.
“We saw the need for primary care in Rappahannock County and felt we could apply our experience in rural practice management in neighboring Page County to benefit the community,” says Travis Clark, president of Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital.
“We are excited to have found a facility and such excellent local providers, and look forward to being a trusted health care partner in Rappahannock.”