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Shortly after noon on July 19, workers stretched construction barrels and webbing across the entrance to Good Samaritan Hospital's emergency center entrance.
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Crews are already in the process of removing medical equipment from Good Samaritan Hospital. The West Dayton facility shut its doors last week amid outcry and the opening of a federal civil rights investigation.

Now, Good Samaritan owner Premier Health is moving forward with plans to dismantle and demolish the complex over the next two years.  

Shortly after noon on July 19, workers stretched construction barrels and webbing across the entrance to Good Samaritan Hospital's emergency center entrance.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Emergency medical services are no longer available at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Dayton. A group of around 40 westside residents and community activists protested the ER's closure outside the hospital at lunchtime Thursday.

As crews shuttered the emergency department, members of the Community Clergy Coalition and the Black Panther Dayton Chapter groups were among those voicing outrage at the impending closure of the hospital, saying the decision will disproportionately affect Dayton neighborhoods of color.

Able Law Attorney, Ellis Jacobs stands with The Clergy Community Coalition to announce the Department of Health and Human Services - Civil Right Division will investigate the announced closure of Good Samaritan Hospital on Dayton's west side.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Attorneys representing the West Dayton Clergy Community Coalition group announced Monday the United States Department of Health and Human Services has opened an investigation into the planned closure of Good Samaritan Hospital. Attorney Ellis Jacobs with Able Law says the agency has also asked to meet with Premier Health Partnership officials within the next five days.

Members of the West Dayton Clergy Community Coalition, from left: Robert Jones, David K. Greer, Rev. Rockney Carter, Bishop Richard Cox and Richard Clay Dixon.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A coalition of West Dayton religious leaders and activists says it's considering a lawsuit to block Premier Health from closing Good Samaritan Hospital. The decades-old hospital is slated to close its doors for good July 23. The emergency department will close at noon July 19.

Premier officials maintain the hospital’s operation is no longer financially sustainable. The health system is moving forward with plans to shutter and demolish the medical center.

Most of the services currently offered at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Philadelphia Dr. campus will be transitioned to Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus.
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Premier Health is responding to a federal civil rights complaint filed with the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights in relation to the impending closure of Good Samaritan Hospital.  

Premier Health recently announced it will close the West Dayton hospital later this year.

Premier officials say they’re still reviewing the administrative complaint. In a statement to WYSO, Premier said: 

Kettering Health Network, on Tuesday, broke ground on a $25 million expansion of Grandview Hospital. Officials with the nonprofit health network say the expansion will add space and double the hospital’s emergency rooms and services. Those added services could help residents affected by the closure of nearby Good Samaritan Hospital.  

 

Kettering Health Network president Roy Chew says the decision to expand is a direct result of Premier Health Network’s decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital later this year.

In her State of the City address earlier this month, Mayor Nan Whaley called health care a priority for the city. The recently announced closure of Good Samaritan Hospital was a key issue in the mayor’s speech.

 

Now, officials with Five Rivers Health Centers say they hope to expand services at an existing clinic to treat more patients affected by the loss of Good Sam. The health center was founded in 2011 and currently operates at nine locations in the Dayton Area.

 

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Many Dayton residents vented their frustrations about the upcoming closure of Good Samaritan Hospital at a NAACP-hosted public forum over the weekend. The event was attended by more than 100 people, and featured a question-and-answer period with Premier Health officials.

At the beginning of the meeting, NAACP President Derrick Foward was clear: the group’s position is that Premier Health should reconsider its decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital.

Most of the services currently offered at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Philadelphia Dr. campus will be transitioned to Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus.
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Community activists are reacting to Premier Health’s decision to close Good Samaritan hospital, one of the only major hospitals serving northwest Dayton.

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Premier Health has announced it will close Good Samaritan Hospital sometime late in 2018. Officials say the closing is part of a long-term strategic plan that will strengthen the company and benefit the local community.

 

Premier Health President and CEO, Mary Boosalis said the decision was not made lightly.

 

“We made the very difficult emotional decision that we could not, on a long term basis, sustain two high-acuity hospitals that are only five miles apart,” she said.