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Rankin: A shout-out to Spotsy Regional

Terika Richardson

Fred Rankin, president and CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare, went out of his way last night to say a few kind words about his competitor, the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

The occasion was a kick-off meeting for a community needs survey that Mary Washington will be doing this year, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health. The event was held at Stafford Hospital, with the leaders of many of the area’s nonprofits and social service agencies in the audience.

Rankin’s job was to introduce the featured speaker, Dr. Karen Remley, state health commissioner. Before he did, he said he wanted to give a “special shout-out” to the new hospital and to Terika Richardson, chief operating officer, who was in the audience.

Rankin told the audience, “They’ve just celebrated their first anniversary, and they’ve made a tremendous difference in the lives of this community.”

To Richardson, he said, “You’ve made this community better, and you’ve made us better. I deeply appreciate the work you do here.”

The audience applauded.

(A story that appeared in Tuesday’s paper about Spotsylvania Regional’s birthday can be found here. A blog post about the competition between the two companies, also from Tuesday, can be found here.)