Mercy Health Partners changing name to Tennova

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Mercy Health Partners is changing its name to Tennova Healthcare. The company made the announcement on Thursday. It expects the new name to take effect as soon as the sale of Mercy to Health Management Associates, Inc. closes in October.

“We are excited and proud of the new name,” said Jeffrey A. Ashin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health Partners. “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 company said the new name combines the Tennessee with "-nova," taken from the Latin word "novare," which means "to make new." It points out that the word also provides the foundation of the word innovation, which Health Management says is one of the six pillars on which all of its hospitals are built.

“Together, the combined words – Tennova – carry a promise of delivering the latest in healthcare for residents in East Tennessee,” said Britt T. Reynolds, Division 1 President for Health Management. “It’s a promise of new technologies to advance the art and science of medicine, new state-of-the-art equipment for use by skilled physicians, new and expanded services, and innovative new ways to deliver healthcare to this region.”

The logo uses a bold font font, which the company says represents strength, while the green "connotes a forward thinking, growing organization."

“In general I am pleased with the new name because I understand that the first part of the name ‘Tennova’ signifies St. Mary’s Hospital’s roots in Tennessee," said Bishop Richard F. Stika.

“I am also pleased that the Tennova emblem has been carefully crafted to include a cross that appears at the letter ‘t’ in Healthcare and that this is intended to honor the faith-based legacy of St. Mary’s.”

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