Craig The word "memorial" was originally included in the name of The Memorial Hospital to honor men and women who had served in World War II.
Nearly 60 years later, hospital officials have decided the name will remain the same.
At its Wednesday meeting, the hospital board decided not to update the hospital's name. The name-change issue has been a discussion point for the board since it was brought up at the May 28 meeting.
Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer, presented a slideshow demonstrating the poll results of the community following the suggestion of the name change. A total of 316 Craig residents voiced their opinions through community meetings, telephone and e-mail input and the Daily Press online poll conducted from May 18 to 25.
"A lot of people on the Press Web site seemed to think that we had already made up our minds, and that their opinions didn't count," Johnston said. "They described it as 'smoke and mirrors' in their comments."
The poll included 220 voters, with 60 percent, or 133 voters, opting against the name change. 25 percent (55 voters) agreed with the name change idea, while 14 percent (32 voters) needed more information.
TMH-hosted forums for the community and hospital employees provided the other 96 votes, with 63 percent advocating the old name.
Johnston said she wanted to see more of a turnout.
"I personally hoped that people would polarize on this issue," Johnston said. "The votes that we got were valuable, but the more people that weigh in give us more information to make a good decision."
Board members also discussed the possibility of using "memorial" in a different capacity, such as "Memorial Medical Center" or "Memorial Health Center." They decided that the amount of responses they already had received did not warrant any further debate, and that keeping The Memorial Hospital's name would be the most effective decision.
Summing up the finality of the conclusion, chief executive officer George Rohrich said that the issue was "not a hill worth dying on."
No vote was required to keep the name, and there was no action involved.
Johnston explained the initial reason behind the name change was the desire of the board members to get the community involved in the ownership of the new hospital.
"We want to at least get people's opinions," she said. "We truly wanted their input on this, but I guess if more people had been really passionate about the issue, they would have come out in droves to talk about it. It was silence that left us to make this decision. Maybe in 10 years or so, a name change will come up again, and we'll see if people have more to say about it."