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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.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

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.

If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

Organizers have secured a location for Gem City Market, a planned co-operative grocery store designed to help alleviate food insecurity in West Dayton.

Officials announced this morning Gem City Market will be built in one of Ohio’s largest food deserts, on the 300 and 400 blocks of Salem Avenue in Northwest Dayton. The site currently houses a vacant lot and shuttered art supply shop.

Organizers are hoping to raise a total of $4.2 million to fund the project. More than one-third of that amount has already been committed.

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Dayton Public Schools has had an eventful few months. In December, district officials announced plans to close or consolidate schools, citing low enrollment. DPS also permanently severed ties with Superintendent Rhonda Corr. And, the district’s financial dealings have recently become the subject of a state audit. To learn more about these developments, WYSO’s Juliet Fromholt spoke with education reporter April Laissle.

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.

Nurse Elaine Patrick packs child-development and other educational materials into the back of her car. She visits new mothers and infants at home through the Help Me Grow Brighter Futures visiting nurse program.
Jess Mador / WYSO

State health officials are promoting visiting nurse programs as part of a statewide strategy to reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rate.

 

It’s persistently higher than the national rate, despite recent progress in reducing the number of sleep-related infant deaths.

Visiting nurses are a powerful tool to help more high-risk infants make it to their first birthdays, many Montgomery County public health advocates say.

“Our goal is to make sure every pregnant woman gets connected to some kind of service, particularly any one that can provide a visiting nurse after the birth of the baby, so they have a baby that's healthy,” Wesley Community Center Director Yvette Kelly-F
Jess Mador / WYSO

Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country. Data show the problem affects African Americans at all income and education levels much more often than whites.

The Gem City Market project has received a $220,000 Grant from insurance giant CareSource. "We are thrilled to receive this vote of confidence from Caresource," says Amaha Sellassie, Gem City Market Board President.
Gem City Market

Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home.

 

The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success.

 

Sen. Cliff Rosenberger
Hannah Boone

The State has approved $1 million in funding to preserve the historic Wright Airplane Factory site on Dayton's west side.

The grant will be used by the National Park Service to preserve the exterior of two buildings. They’ll also create a replica of the brother’s first manufactured plane.

State officials say the project will revitalize West Dayton.

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