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Chelyen Davis is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
The elderly: 38,000 and counting
For the period 2008 through 2013, the elderly will grow at a 6-percent annual clip, the fastest of any age group, according to the hospital data. During this period, the population as a whole is expected to grow 3 percent annually.
The hospital data include its catchment area: Fredericksburg and the surrounding four counties, as well as all of Westmoreland County and portions of Prince William and Orange counties.
Mary Washington used these numbers in deciding to join with Dantra Healthcare and start a physician practice that specializes in geriatrics. The practice will have four providers and be located in Massaponax. It’s expected to open this summer.