A new hospital in Dublin, Ireland was to be named Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Phoenix Children’s in Arizona threatened legal action against the Dublin hospital on Nov. 27, 2017, arguing the name similarities would confuse patients and disrupt care.
The Times (subscription required) reports the decision to drop the proposed name, according to Simon Harris, the Minister for Health in Ireland, is to avoid confusion and prevent controversy. Mr. Harris suggested the new Dublin Hospital should be named National Children’s Hospital Ireland instead.
In addition to the Arizona-based Phoenix Children’s legal action, the name “Phoenix” has drawn criticism from other healthcare organizations in Ireland. Medical chiefs from other children’s hospitals in Ireland argued that using Phoenix in the name is insensitive to parents of deceased children whose organs were incinerated after being kept without permission.
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review