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Officials from Civista Medical Center announced Monday that the hospital will operate under a new name beginning July 1.

The hospital will change its name to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. The name change reflects the hospital’s affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical System, which the hospital entered into in 2011, and its strong community ties and history, according to a news release from the hospital.

“Charles County is our home,” Noel Cervino, CEO and president of the La Plata hospital, said in the release. “We are committed as ever to expanding our services to meet the needs of the growing Southern Maryland region.”

“The word ‘regional’ in our name means expanding to serve a growing community,” Civista Chief of Medical Staff Joel Sewchand said in the release. “We will continue to expand over the next couple of years into additional physical facilities to better serve Charles County and neighboring communities.”

Charles County commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly (D) said Monday that she feels the name change is a positive.

“I think it’s all good. It’s good for the county,” Kelly said. “The UMMS presence really takes us to the next level.”

Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) mirrored Kelly’s sentiments, adding that he had known of the pending name change for some time.

“I’m excited. I’ve honestly been waiting two years for them to choose a name,” Robinson said Monday. “Once the UMMS determined they wanted to be here, I’ve been waiting for the Civista name to go away and to see the UMMS name go up on the door. I think it says a lot about how health care in Charles County has evolved.”

La Plata Mayor Roy Hale said the hospital’s name change has his full support.

“As far as the town is concerned, I think the name is fine,” Hale said Monday. “I know many people still remember it as Physicians Memorial Hospital, and it took a while to adjust to the Civista name. I like the new name better, personally. I think it reflects the entire complex of the hospital. I’m very supportive of their decision.”

lrenner@somdnews.com