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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
Mary Washington Healthcare
MediCorp Health System is changing its name. The company will now be called Mary Washington Healthcare.
MediCorp officials won’t talk about the change. They promise to talk about it tomorrow. But employees throughout the company have been asked to attend one of a series of meetings today to hear about a new direction for the company, including the new name.
Mary Washington Hospital will keep its name. But the 11-month-old Stafford Hospital Center will be now be simply Stafford Hospital. MediCorp has been the parent company’s name since 1983 when it was founded.
In a video on the company’s new Web site, Fred Rankin, president and CEO, says in explaining the change, “Before we decided to change our name, we talked to many people in our area. We found that people generally prefer the name Mary Washington. Mary Washington is associated with advanced medical capabilities and a warm and caring atmosphere.”
(Some of the details of the name change, including the video with Fred Rankin, can be found on the company’s new Web site here. The picture above is of one of the posters in the hospital, inviting employees to the name-change announcement. )