We’re getting closer to the time when Starke Memorial Hospital’s name will change. As WKVI reported recently, Starke Memorial Hospital will change its name to incorporate “Indiana University Health” after the first of the year. Starke Memorial Hospital CEO, Linda Satkoski, reminds us how the name change came about.
“As you know, Starke Memorial became part of LaPorte Regional Health System in the middle part of 2009, which made us part of the state-wide Clarian Health System, ” explained Satkoski. “For those that may not remember, Clarian is the traditional Methodist IU and Riley in downtown Indianapolis. Clarian Health System is changing their name to Indiana University Health. Therefore, the names of all hospitals within the system have aligned with the IU Health name, yet will maintain their local identity. We will become Indiana University Health Starke Hospital.”
Satkoski tells us about the advantages to being affiliated with Clarian Health.
“Clarian Health is Indiana’s most comprehensive academic medical center and is one of the busiest health systems in the United States. They have a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, which is the nation’s second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research. The new name of Indiana University Health clearly defines our focus in improving and protecting the health of our patients while visibly identifying our close partnership with the IU School of Medicine and the access to leading edge clinical care and clinical specialists that comes with it.”
The formal name change will come about in January with fanfare when the new signage is added to the facility.