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Mount Nittany Health, Mount Nittany Conservancy reach naming agreement

Mount Nittany Health and Mount Nittany Conservancy have reached an agreement surrounding the name of “Mount Nittany,” the parties recently confirmed.

John Mentzell, a member of Mount Nittany Conservancy’s board of directors, said the agreement was reached in early December. He said the parties agreed that Mount Nittany Health would not use the name “Mount Nittany” by itself.

Mount Nittany Health released the following statement:

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Conservancy that recognizes Mount Nittany Health’s trademark rights in its name and logos,” Director of Marketing and Communications Nichole Monica said in the statement.

Mount Nittany Health, which has the trademark rights to “Mount Nittany,” has gone through a few iterations in nomenclature since its roots in 1902. In 1924, the Bellefonte Hospital underwent a name change to Centre County Hospital. In 1971, the name was changed again to Centre Community Hospital.

More recently, the hospital took on its “Mount Nittany” moniker, adopting “Mount Nittany Medical Center” in 2003. At the beginning of 2011, “Mount Nittany Health,” which encompasses the entire health system, was formed.

Mentzell said Mount Nittany Conservancy appealed with the Federal Trade Commission regarding the name, but its appeal was denied.

The agreement reached in December, he said, was not ideal from the Conservancy’s standpoint, but exists as a good compromise between the two parties.

“The way it turned out — we’re not delighted,” he said. “But we’re sort of relieved that they said they won’t do this.”

Since 1981, Mount Nittany Conservancy has worked to protect Nittany Mountain from commercial and residential development, according to the organization’s website. The Conservancy maintains areas under its ownership.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy