Dorothea Dix is gone in name only.
A judge may have ruled the state can't move patients out of Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Hospital because of safety concerns with a new mental hospital in Butner, but that doesn't mean N.C. Department of Health and Human Services officials can't try to eliminate the name of the 19th century social reformer for which the historic facility was named.
Michael Lancaster, co-director of the state Division of Mental Health, issued a memo Monday ordering that Dorothea Dix no longer exists, at least on the telephone, Michael Biesecker reports.
All Dix employees are now to follow the following script when answering calls:
Good Morning or Good Afternoon
Central Regional Hospital Raleigh Campus
This is (your name)
How may I help you?