Lancaster General is getting a new name and a new look.

The health care system will be called Lancaster General Health.

It also will have a new logo, an orange, blue and green star. The star will replace the familiar blue-and-white image of two hands forming the outline of a person's figure.

Lancaster General officials today declined to talk about the new name or logo, saying they are in the midst of meetings that inform their 7,200 employees about it and wanted to tell their workers first.

But the health care system has formally filed its name change with the Pennsylvania Department of State Corporation Bureau.

And anonymous sources confirmed the new name and the new logo as well. They also said changes associated with it would take place later in May.

Presumably, signs, printed materials and the health system's Web site all will change to reflect the new name and logo.

Lancaster General Hospital, the system's largest and best-known entity, will retain its name.

The name change filing applies to the overarching system that includes the hospital as well Columbia Health Center, VNA Community Care Services, Lancaster General Medical Group, the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, the Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Lancaster General HealthCare Foundation and other entities, according to the filing with the state corporation bureau.|

Several sources said the cost of the name change was substantial.

John Lines, Lancaster General spokesman, today declined to provide a figure but said, "The costs associated with implementing our vision are modest relative to our overall budget."

Lancaster General is almost a $1 billion enterprise.

In addition to LGH, the system includes Lancaster General Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in which it shares ownership), a dozen other outpatient care centers located from Willow Street to Elizabethtown to Lititz, Maple Farm Nursing Center, its medical group of more than 20 physician practices and other entities.

Jan Bergen, Lancaster General executive vice president, said today the health care system is focusing on its vision of creating an "extraordinary experience" for patients, staffs, volunteers and doctors.

As officials meet with employees, they are focusing on "every time behaviors." Bergen lisited them: be accountable, be positive, celebrate success, exceed expectations, listen and share, reach higher, respect privacy, take pride and work together.

"They reinforce our mission and values," she said.

Staff writer Cindy Stauffer can be reached at or 481-6024.

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