GRANT TO HELP FUND MATERNITY PROGRAM

Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund Awards Grant to the Rappahannock Area Health District 

January 15, 2015

(Fredericksburg, Va.)—In January 2015, the Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund awarded the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) a $120,000 grant for its “Complicated Obstetrical and High Risk Maternity Care Program.”

RAHD operates a large maternity program that provides outpatient prenatal care to hundreds of uninsured or underinsured pregnant women in all five of RAHD’s localities. Many RAHD patients have other medical or obstetrical conditions which make their pregnancies high risk. A lack of specialized care can result in higher infant and maternal fatalities, higher rates of preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations, premature births and low birth weights. This grant provides those patients with the counseling and case management they need during their pregnancies.

According to Brooke Rossheim, M.D., health director of the RAHD, “We appreciate Mary Washington Hospital’s Community Benefit Fund support of the Maternity Program, which has a large number of high-risk patients. This funding helps to ensure these patients will receive the care they need.”

The Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund provides funding for the obstetric clinicians and nurses who staff the maternity program. The RAHD’s maternity clinics serve the residents of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fredericksburg, King George and Caroline County.

For more information about the many programs offered by the RAHD, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/rappahan.