Local women's health group drops ISIS from name | News
ROSWELL, Ga. -- A women's health group in Fulton County said recent threats have forced it to drop ISIS from its name.
ISIS Women's Health Care posted a message to its website saying that they had served expectant moms for the past 10 years. But that instead of raising banners to celebrate, they're taking down the ISIS moniker from their name.
The health provider says it initially resisted changing the name in the wake of attacks taken out by the terrorist group of the same name.
"I became concerned for me and my staff," said Dr. Hughan Frederick, who owns the clinic. "I felt I should probably do something about the name."
Dr. Frederick said ten years ago when he started the practice, he thought Isis, the Egyptian goddess of motherhood, was the perfect name for his business. In the past couple of years he has received harassing phone calls from people who confuse the name with the acronym for the terrorist organization ISIS.
Last month the clinic received a threat that made Dr. Frederick decide to change the name. "This particular individual identified himself as ex-military and indicated for us not to be surprised if someone were to come and shoot up the building," Practice Administrator Randy Haviland.
After ten years of building a brand for helping mothers bring new lives into the world, Isis Women's Health Care will change it's name. "We're talking about a business name, we're talking about websites, emails, a lot of money and time has gone into building this brand," Dr. Frederick said.
The company is asking it's Facebook followers to come up with suggestions for a new name. By reaching out on Facebook Dr. Frederick is hoping to turn it into something fun and positive.