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Valentines for vets, a session on the thyroid and more office space

A few brief items this morning:

The American Red Cross is soliciting Valentine’s gifts for the injured soldiers at McGuire Veterans Medical Center in Richmond. Those interested are invited to go to its web site, here, choose a gift and complete a donation form. Also needed are gift certificates for the visiting families.

“The gift cards for gas, groceries or restaurants are a huge help to them,” said Phyllis McBride, manager of the Rappahannock Area American Red Cross, in a statement.

Some of the soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are treated at McGuire. The center is also the primary national facility for treatment of veterans with spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Sandy Dhaliwal

Dr. Sandy Dhaliwal

* The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center will sponsor an educational program on the thyroid on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Sandy Dhaliwal’s, the hospital’s endocrinologist, will speak the basics of the thyroid, its diseases and treatments. The program is free and is expected to last an hour. It is entitled “Your Thyroid and You: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”  Reservations are required. Call 888-685-1610.

* Fredericksburg issued a building permit in December for the build-out of the second floor of Mary Washington Healthcare’s Women’s Services building on Hospital Drive in Fredericksburg. The building is the newest one on the hospital campus, at the traffic circle. Mary Washington plans to move its perinatology service there in March. The new office is much larger than the existing one in the Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza. The service helps women who are experiencing complicated or high-risk pregnancies. It recently added two new doctors.

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