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Five Rivers Health Centers To Fill Gap Left By Good Sam Closure

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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.

 

To learn more about Five Rivers’ plans and how they could help West Dayton residents, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Five Rivers founder and CEO Gina McFarlane-El. She says Five Rivers will start by surveying the community about their needs.

 

 

Premier Health in January announced it will close Good Sam later this year.

 

“The commissioners and I are very concerned about health access for the residents who live in the northern and western parts of Dayton and Montgomery County," Whaley said in the address.

 

Premier Health President and CEO, Mary Boosalis, said in an interview with WYSO at the time Good Sam's closure was announced, “We could not, on a long term basis, sustain two high-acuity hospitals that are only five miles apart.”

 

The reaction from residents affected by the decision was immediate and emotional.

 

A statement issued by Premier Health, regarding the closing, stressed that resources would be directed instead to its other facilities: 

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Five Rivers Health Centers CEO, Gina McFarlane-El (right) stands with Patient Access Representative, Saleeta Nabors.

Premier Health’s strategic plan encompasses the entire organization and calls for continued investment in higher acuity services and critical programs at Atrium Medical Center. It also remains committed to ensuring Upper Valley Medical Center remains the leading ambulatory and surgically focused community hospital in its region. In the central part of the service area, Premier has moved forward with a previously announced Phase 3 plan to expand Good Samaritan North Health Center, including an additional 46 inpatient beds, along with elective orthopedic joint and spine services, to be completed later this year. Future phases of expansion are to be actively assessed for opportunities to best serve the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.