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The Virginia Hospital Center Department of Surgery was dedicated and renamed as The J. Della Ratta Family Center for Surgery at a private ceremony on June 2, 2016. The dedication and naming ceremony honors Joseph Della Ratta, founder and owner of DRI CMC Properties, a Maryland-based company specializing in developing and operating commercial properties in the DC Metro Area and South Florida, as well as his family for their generosity in helping to fund the expansion of Virginia Hospital Center’s surgical department.

The J. Della Ratta Family Center for Surgery will help the Hospital continue to recruit and retain renowned surgical specialists and provide infrastructure and capacity, by furnishing the facilities, equipment and training to handle the most complex surgical procedures.

Joseph Della Ratta (pictured fourth from the left) and family gather for the dedication of The J. Della Ratta Center for Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center.

“Thanks to this generous gift, more patients will have access to high quality, state-of-the-art surgical care close to home,” said David Lee, MD, Medical Director of Operating Room Services, Vice President of the Medical Executive Committee, and member of Virginia Hospital Center’s Board of Directors and the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation Board.

“Over the years, Virginia Hospital Center has been here for me and my family, providing the highest quality patient care,” said Mr. Della Ratta. “We are proud to support the surgical department in expanding its capacity to serve the needs of patients.” “Mr. Della Ratta and his family have been longtime supporters of Virginia Hospital Center and we are most thankful to them for their continued investment in the health and well-being of our community,” said James B. Cole, President and CEO of Virginia Hospital Center. “This gift will ensure that the Hospital is able to meet the evolving and growing surgical needs of the patients we serve.”


(left to right) James Cole, President & CEO, Virginia Hospital Center; John Garrett, MD, FACS, Chairman of Board of Directors, Virginia Hospital Center; Mr. Jospeh Della Ratta; David Lee, MD, Medical Executive Committee Vice President, Virginia Hospital Center
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“Virginia Hospital Center is nonprofit, so it's really important that we all give to keep it going strong,” Dani says. “Recently, I turned 40 and we had this big birthday party, because there was a time when I didn't know if I would make it to 40. We invited over 200 guests, and instead of gifts, I asked for donations to be made to the Hospital. I did this because I wanted people to see ‘Virginia Hospital Center’ on my birthday invitations so we could get the word out about just how important the Hospital is to us.”

In addition to her referrals, Dani has become a committed donor to the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation.

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