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MWHC buys physician practice in Stafford

The Medical Center of Stafford is at 608 Garrisonville Road.

Mary Washington Healthcare has added a local primary care group to its roster of physician practices.

The Fredericksburg hospital company recently purchased the Medical Center of Stafford, a Garrisonville Road practice. The sale date was Oct. 31.

Mary Washington has asked the clinic’s three physicians and 10 employees to remain with the practice. Patients have been notified of the change, said Cheryl Springhorn, executive director for practice operations for Mary Washington Healthcare Physicians.

Dr. Frederick Bustin founded the Medical Center of Stafford in 1984. He and his colleagues, Dr. Rosemary Enright and Dr. Ifatt Jan, billed their business as a “family practice on a walk-in basis.”

Their clinic was open seven days a week and accepted walk-ins and patients with appointments. Springhorn said Mary Washington hopes to operate the practice in the same way.

“Dr. Bustin has done a good job of running that practice for many years. It’s not our intent to make any significant changes,” she said.

Mary Washington also plans to add a fourth family practitioner to the group next year, Springhorn said.

“Dr. Bustin will be looking to scale back and maybe have a little more free time over the coming year,” she said.

Bustin could not be reached for comment.

Bustin, Enright and Jan are in the process of applying for privileges at Stafford Hospital, Springhorn said.

The purchase of the Stafford practice gives Mary Washington 13 physician groups. Only one other, the Ladysmith Medical Center in Caroline County, is a primary-care practice. The others are medical or surgical speciality groups.

(The website for the Medical Center of Stafford is here.)