After decades of serving the Tri-Cities, Kennewick General Hospital is re-branding itself.

With the new Southridge Hospital due to open next spring,  the Kennewick General Hospital healthcare system is changing it's name to reflect the Tri-Cities area.

According to information released by KGH,  the new name will provide an umbrella-type image for it's various health care offerings.  Currently, KHG operates or oversees (in addition to the current downtown hospital) 3 urgent care centers, including the only after-hours pediatric clinic,  and ten physician-based care centers and specialty services in the community.

Kennewick General Hospital CEO Glen Marshall said Tuesday:

“While our heritage remains an important part of who we are, we outgrew the name Kennewick General Hospital years ago as we expanded our services across the Tri-Cities, added needed specialties, and broadened our scope to include outpatient services. The decision became a lot clearer to us as we’ve reflected on our strategic direction and the promise of our future. The new name absolutely captures our commitment to who
we are, how we work, and who we serve: compassion-driven, physician-connected, and community-minded.”

The new name will also be extended to the Kennewick General Hospital Foundation and the KGH Physician Clinics. Kennewick General Hospital's system employs nearly 1,200 people in the Tri-Cities and Mid-Columbia region.   Beginning October 10th, signage and other visible signs of the changeover will begin.

KGH also released an informational video about the changeover.