Mercy Health Partners to change name to Tennova Healthcare

Mercy Health Partners to change name to Tennova Healthcare

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Mercy Health Partners and Health Management Associates, Inc. announced Thursday the hospital system is changing its name.

The new name, Tennova Healthcare, will become effective immediately following the anticipated October closing of Health Management's acquisition of Mercy.

Six of the seven  hospitals included in the transaction will be renamed:

  • Physicians Regional Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center St. Mary's)
  • Turkey Creek Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center West)
  • Jefferson Memorial Hospital (previously St. Mary's Jefferson Memorial Hospital)
  • Newport Medical Center (previously Baptist Hospital of Cocke County)
  • LaFollette Medical Center (previously St. Mary's Medical Center of Campbell County)
  • North Knoxville Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center North in Powell)
  • St. Mary's Medical Center Scott County (name will remain as it will not be part of the Tennova system in 2012)
  • The use of the new names begins when the transaction is complete. Officials say putting the names on signs and hospital materials will occur over time.

    "We are excited and proud of the new name," said Jeffrey A. Ashin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health Partners, in a press release. "Tennova Healthcare, which translates to ‘new healthcare for Tennessee', accomplishes the goal of a new identity that reflects the culture of the Mercy family of hospitals and the important role they play in East Tennessee."

    The first part of "Tennova" connotes Mercy's roots in Tennessee. The second part of the name, "nova," is formed from the Latin word "novare," meaning "to make new".

    The new name supports Health Management's desire to grow the Mercy system.

    As part of the agreement, the Mercy system name must change because other hospitals using that name will continue operating under Catholic Health Partners, the current parent company of Mercy in Tennessee.

    Tennova Healthcare will also use a new logo that includes elements honoring the faith-based legacy of the St. Mary's and Baptist systems.

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