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Maricopa County’s public health care system to get new name in 2019

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PHOENIX — Maricopa County’s public health care system will soon get a new name.

The Maricopa Integrated Health System announced this week that it would be named Valleywise Health next year.

This means that all Valley-wide facilities, including the hospital, two behavioral health centers, an outpatient specialty center and 12 family health centers, would adopt the new name and logo in mid-2019.

“Becoming Valleywise Health allows us to more effectively articulate under one distinct and memorable name our bold vision to improve community health, while providing a modern network of services and facilities in which to train the next generation of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals,” President and CEO Steve Purves said in a statement.

The name change has been years in the making: It comes after voters approved Proposition 480, a $935 million bond measure for Maricopa County’s special health-care district, in 2014.

The oversight of the network of taxpayer-funded hospitals and medical facilities will not change with the new name and brand.

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