ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Dixie Regional Medical Center will be no more. The southern Utah hospital will be renamed, Intermountain Healthcare officials announced Thursday.

Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center will become Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital. The change will be effective January 1, 2021.

This move comes as other entities in the St. George area grapple with the name “Dixie” and its connotation to the Confederacy and slavery. Dixie State University which is also located in St. George has rebuffed calls to change its name in the past, announced it will also consider a name change.

Hospital officials told reporters Thursday that they had been discussing a name change for several months. Hospital administrator Mitchell Cloward said the meaning of Dixie can be confusing for some and have “offensive connotations” for people who are not from the area.

“The original name was chosen 68 years ago to promote a feeling of community,” said Cloward. “Intermountain is committed to creating places of healing, which includes ensuring an environment where everyone feels safe and welcome. This new name positions us do that well into the future.”

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