Phoenix Children's threatens legal action against Irish hospital with similar name

Phoenix Children's Hospital is threatening legal action against a hospital under construction in Dublin, Ireland with a nearly identical name, according to Arizona Republic.  

Phoenix Children's in Arizona is arguing the name similarities will confuse patients and disrupt care.  

The Irish hospital is named Phoenix Children's Hospital Ireland, after the mythical bird that represents renewal and optimism. 

In October, Phoenix hospital officials asked Irish project managers to reconsider the name. However, when that request was unmet, Phoenix officials took a more aggressive approach. On Nov. 27,  the Arizona-based hospital sent a letter to the Irish Minister for Health asking officials to refrain from naming the hospital Phoenix Children's Hospital Ireland and warning they would "pursue all available legal remedies" if the name moves forward, according to the report.

Irish officials "are aware of the concerns of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital … and … the Minister will be responding directly to the hospital on the matter," the Children's Hospital Group, which is overseeing the Irish hospital construction project, told the Arizona Republic.

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