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Mary Washington Healthcare sells its share in urgent care business

Mary Washington Healthcare has departed the urgent care business with the sale of its interest in the area’s NextCare clinics.

Mary Washington was a 50-percent partner with NextCare Urgent Care in five local offices. It sold its share of those businesses to NextCare, effective Dec. 1. The sale price was not disclosed.

The sale involved the NextCare offices on State Route 3 in Spotsylvania County; White Oak Road and U.S. 17 in Stafford County; and in Woodbridge and Dumfries in Prince William County.

NextCare approached Mary Washington about buying its share, said Debbie McInnis, Mary Washington spokeswoman. Negotiations were under way for about a year, said Brian Murphy, vice president for sales and marketing for NextCare. The two companies had been partners since 2008 when NextCare first came to Virginia.

“It benefits our shareholders to have a wholly owned model versus a joint-venture model,” Murphy said.

Founded in 1993, NextCare  is based in Mesa, Ariz. With 69 clinics in seven states, it is one of the nation’s largest chains of walk-in clinics.

NextCare paid $10 million this summer to settle a federal complaint that it defrauded patients and their insurance companies by putting patients through thousands of unnecessary tests. NextCare settled the suit in July without admitting any wrongdoing. Mary Washington was not involved in the complaint or the settlement.

The legal action “had absolutely zero to do” with the purchase of Mary Washington’s interest, Murphy said.