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West Dayton leaders and Premier Health CEO share a stage but remain at odds

 Jo Love holds up a sign at the Clergy Community Coalition  town hall meeting, where dozens of West Dayton residents shared their concerns with Premier CEO Michael Riordan.
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Jo Love holds up a sign at town hall meeting in West Dayton, where dozens of residents talked about the lack of health care services in their community.

On Monday night, the Clergy Community Coalition held a town hall meeting in West Dayton with Premier Health CEO Michael Riordan.

The meeting gave community members a chance to share their concerns about Premier’s plans for the site where Good Samaritan Hospital once stood.

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Rebecca Holbrook told Premier CEO Michael Riordan she knows people who suffered strokes in West Dayton and lost valuable time being transported to an ER in a different community.

The new development, which was approved by the Dayton planning board last week, is designed to house some Premier Health Services, like an urgent care and doctors offices.

It will also include several nonprofits, such as a new YMCA.

But the plan isn’t popular with some West Dayton residents, like Rebecca Holbrook. She says they’ve been desperate for a maternity ward and 24 hour emergency room since Good Samaritan shut down in 2018.

“These people need medical care,” Holbrook says. “We need our babies to be born healthy. And we don’t need clinics that close at 5 o’clock, and then we’ve got to go way downtown to Miami Valley Hospital.”

Premier CEO Michael Riordan said he hears the community’s concerns, but he believes the only way to get an ER or a larger facility back in West Dayton is to start with the urgent care Premier has planned.

The clergy who hosted the meeting have drawn up a petition in hopes the city will stop progress on the development until Premier is ready to offer more.

They point to the facilities Premier has built in suburban, mostly white communities since Premier shut down Good Samaritan in their Black community.

Premier Health CEO Michael Riordan speaks at a townhall meeting in West Dayton, where local clergy and community members shared their concerns about Premier's plans for the former site of Good Samaritan Hospital.
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Premier Health CEO Michael Riordan speaks at a townhall meeting in West Dayton.