"The health department has always worked to promote and protect the community and environmental health for all citizens who live or work within the physical boundaries of Salt Lake County," he added. "Regardless of whether that's in Sandy, West Valley City, Salt Lake City or another municipality, township or unincorporated area, we want people to know we are their health department. Our new name will not change that."
County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the planned name change at the health department's annual meeting on Friday. Once the change is finalized, Edwards said it will take several months to revise all of the department's document letterheads, signs and websites.
This is not the first time the department's name changed, said county spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt.
Formed in 1849 by then territorial Gov. Brigham Young, it was known initially as the Society of Health. Over time, Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County both developed their own health departments, which operated independently until they merged in 1969, creating the Salt Lake City-County Health Department. That title was simplified in 2000, with the word "valley" replacing "city-county."