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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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A “com” and an “org”

Mary Washington HospitalAfter seeing the news about MediCorp Health System changing its name to Mary Washington Healthcare, one reader wrote to ask:

“Am I the only one that has noticed that their website has changed from an "org" to a "com"? I thought an “org” meant they were nonprofit, and a “com” meant for profit. Have I missed something?"

I passed along the query to Kathleen Allenbaugh, spokeswoman for Mary Washington. This was her e-mail reply:

“Mary Washington Healthcare will continue to be a not-for-profit health system. We selected www.MaryWashingtonHealthcare.com because .com is what many internet users try first if they are not using a search engine. We selected the web address to make accessing our website as easy as possible. We also have purchased the URL www.MaryWashingtonHealthcare.org, which will take users directly to our new site as well. I hope this helps.”   

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