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Mary Washington Healthcare top executive retiring

Walt Kiwall

A top executive for Mary Washington Healthcare will retire at the end of 2013.

Walt Kiwall, who has been with the Fredericksburg-based healthcare company for more than 22 years, recently announced his retirement.

Kiwall for the past decade has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mary Washington Healthcare, which owns and operates Stafford and Mary Washington hospitals.

Kiwall, who grew up in the Pennsylvania coal-mining town of Vestaburg and worked in a mine himself as a young man, started with Mary Washington Healthcare on July 1, 1991.

Kiwall has played a key role in managing the day-to-day details of the healthcare company’s growth over the past two decades, including the planning, construction and opening of the $155 million Stafford Hospital. He said it has been a rewarding and fulfilling career.

Kiwall plans to enjoy a retirement filled with fishing, hunting, family time and volunteering in the community and with his church, St. Mary’s. The Stafford County resident has no plans to leave the area.

“Fredericksburg is a great place to be,” he said.

Kiwall’s retirement will add to the list of leadership changes in the local healthcare industry.

Dr. Lawrence Roberts, who had led Mary Washington Healthcare’s trauma program for the past six years, is no longer with the company. Dr. Donald Kauder now serves as the interim trauma medical director.

In addition, former Pratt Medical Center CEO Bob Alexander is no longer with Pratt, which operates numerous area medical practices. Company officials have not publicly announced who will replace Alexander.