Arnold opened his urology practice in Gloucester in 1985 and will, in addition to his new duties, continue to remain active clinically, both at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and in his urology practice.
Riverside Health System is pleased to announce that it has named Dr. Fred Arnold the Service Line Chief overseeing physicians practicing at the Walter Reed Hospital and across the Middle Peninsula region. "The way I see it, I'm an encourager," Arnold said. "Encourage new doctors to come here to work. Support their efforts. Help us all work together in the hospital and around the community and give the best quality care we can."
Arnold is no stranger to Gloucester's patients and medical community. He has practiced in Gloucester since 1985. His practice, Riverside Urology Specialists located at 7552 Hospital Drive, Suite 302, will continue to see patients two days a week. Among the goals Arnold set out for his new role is continuing to foster a strong sense of community among the physicians practicing on the Middle Peninsula and promoting the comprehensive services offered on the county's only hospital campus.
Riverside's range of medical services offered in Gloucester are anchored near the Main Street business corridor by the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, which opened in 1977 and has grown into a 67-bed acute care facility that provides comprehensive services and state-of-the-art technology to the communities of the Middle Peninsula. Hospital services include emergency, inpatient and outpatient surgery, imaging and laboratory.
In addition to family medicine, internal medicine and general surgery practices, the 30-acre campus surrounding the hospital is home to the Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center, the Middle Peninsula Cancer Institute, Home Care, a therapy suite that includes physical, nutrition, speech, hand and occupational therapies, cardiology, gastroenterology, a Nephrology and Sleep Center, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, physiatry, urology, vascular and women's health. For older adults, a couple miles down Main Street from the hospital campus, Riverside opened the first fully deinstitutionalized nursing home in Virginia – Heron Cove at Sanders – and runs the only full continuing care retirement community in the county – Sanders Retirement Community. Near the southern end of Gloucester, Riverside operates an Urgent Care center.
"We get comments from patients that are passing through Gloucester and need medical services," Arnold said. "They find it hard to believe that we are a community hospital and have the range of care we do." It's a level of health service in a rural area that, Arnold said, has been impressive since he arrived in Gloucester in 1985 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. After graduating from high school in northern Virginia, Arnold attended the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center and is certified by the American Board of Urology.
Throughout his nearly 30 years in Gloucester, Arnold has become engrained in the fabric of the community. In addition to working with the Haiti Mission, the effort to bring medical services to the southern island nation that Arnold has become known for across the region, he has also served as the President of the Medical Staff three times, the Chief of Surgery, President of his Rotary Club, been named Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, is a founding member and first Medical Director of the Gloucester Mathews Free Clinic, is on the Board of Directors at the hospital, has coached various sports and been a Sunday school teacher. Arnold and his wife Helen, raised their three sons in Gloucester. They now also have three grandchildren.