By Veronica Sandate Craker
After 61 years, Kennewick General Hospital is no more.
The community hospital officially changed its name to Trios Health after Kennewick Public Health District Board commissioners voted to change the name during a special meeting Oct. 8.
“We haven’t been Kennewick General Hospital by definition for a very long time,” Wanda Briggs, hospital commissioner said. “We no longer just do general medicine. We no longer serve just Kennewick and we really are so much more then just a hospital.”
Since opening in 1952, the facility has grown from just 23 hospital rooms to expanding into three urgent care centers and more than 10 physician-based clinics and specialty services across the region.
Trios Health offers services in everything from endocrinology to oncology and gastroenterology.
“The bottom line is that we are not the same organization that opened its doors 60 years ago,” said Glen Marshall, Trios’ CEO. “We serve the full community — patients from Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and beyond. We are not longer just providing general medicine and we are no longer just a hospital.”
Despite the change in name, commissioners stressed that it will still be the same hospital that has served the Tri-Cities all these years.
“Kennewick General Hospital is our heritage,” said Briggs. “Everything we are we’ve grown from that, but in a way those three words are limiting. As I said earlier, we aren’t just Kennewick. We certainly don’t provide just general medicine and we are far more than a just hospital.”
The name change comes as the hospital prepares to open its new facility at Southridge. Commissioners have already budgeted for the expenses that will come with new signage, business cards, medical forms and stationary.
“You’ve got to spend it — so why would you spend a heap of money on signs for example if you are considering a change? So the timing of this is really perfect,” Briggs said. “Starting (Oct. 10) we will begin changing signs around town.”
The name Trios was chosen based on the word’s meaning and its reflection of the hospitals mission.
“We have many trios around us,” Marshall said. “We serve the Tri-Cities … we provide a rich past, present and future. As medical experts we address the three aspects of health, mind, body and spirit. And we have combined three powerful ideas into one great system of care: compassion-driven, community-minded and physician-connected.”
For more information on the new name and to visit the hospital website visit trioshealth.org.