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An update on hospital’s signs; a talk about healthy hearts

A computer rendering of what Mary Washington Hospital's proposed signs would look like on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Two items this morning:

Mary Washington Hospital’s request for new and bigger signs is working its way through the permitting process. The Fredericksburg Planning Commission held a public hearing on the request Tuesday night. Commission members heard from hospital officials but made no recommendation. They may vote on the proposal at their next meeting Feb. 22. City Council members will have the final say.

Mary Washington has requested a special exception to the city’s sign ordinance since its proposed signs are larger than the ordinance allows. The hospital wants replacement signs for its entrances at Jefferson Davis Highway and Cowan Boulevard and a new sign across from its entrance on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Ray Ocel Jr., director of planning and community development for Fredericksburg, has recommended that the hospital get two new signs, rather than three, and that the signs be smaller than requested.

(Earlier postings about the hospital’s proposal are here and here.)

Dr. Thomas Martyak

Dr. Thomas Martyak will talk about the prevention and treatment of heart disease at an educational program next week at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. The session will be held in the hospital cafeteria on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.

Martyak is a Fredericksburg cardiologist. The title of his talk is “Heart Disease: Prevention or Intervention. Choose Your Weapon.” His presentation is free and is expected to last about an hour. Reservations are required. Call 888/685-1610.

The hospital also will sponsor health screenings that are scheduled to begin after Martyak’s talk. The screenings include a check of vitals, blood sugar and body mass index.