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IHC to drop Dixie from hospital’s name

(File KSLTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A major Utah health care company says it will remove “Dixie” from the name of one of its hospitals. Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center, located in southern Utah, will be renamed Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital, effective in January. The decision comes as institutions throughout St. George have begun reconsidering the Dixie name amid a national reexamination of symbols related to the Confederacy and slavery. Hospital officials told reporters Thursday that they had been discussing a name change for several months. Hospital administrator Mitchell Cloward says the meaning of Dixie can be confusing for some and have “offensive connotations” for people who are not from the area.