Premier Health to close Good Samaritan Hospital's main campus by the end of 2018
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Premier Health announced Wednesday it will be closing the main campus of Good Samaritan Hospital by the end of the year.
FOX 45 obtained a letter that employees received Wednesday morning, notifying them of the closure. The President and CEO of Premier Health Mary Boosalis made the official announcement, saying the shutdown of the main campus on Philadelphia Drive will be gradual.
Premier Health said the closure is necessary to best serve the city of Dayton. The decision to close Good Samaritan was difficult, but necessary, according to Premier Health. The health provider said the decision comes partly from "changing national and local dynamics of health care." Currently Good Samaritan Hospital is one of two hospitals within a five mile area.
The closure is part of Premier Health's 2020 strategic plan. As part of the plan, Premier Health will expand Good Samaritan North. Good Samaritan North and other Good Samaritan locations will operate as normal and will become part of Miami Valley Hospital.
Premier Health said its goal is to make sure employees at Good Samaritan can stay working within the Premier Health system. It will also offer voluntary retirement and transition programs. "While we know this is a tremendous change," Boosalis said, "it is necessary to ensure our long-term future to serve the community."
"Upset, frustrated, angry kind of a mix of them all," was how nurse Jordan Fyffe described her reaction to the news after only working there for 10 months.
"I was extremely upset," she said. "We just bought a house and now I'm going to have to go look for a new job and hope I get something sooner rather than later because one income is not optimal for our family."
Ohio Congressman Mike Turner has released a statement following the announcement saying he's deeply saddened by the news. "I am mindful Premier Health is more than a corporate citizen, but is a community leader." Turner went on to say he is looking forward to working with Premier Health on its plans for the future of the Good Samaritan site.
Dayton City leaders are also weighing in on the hospital's upcoming closure, saying they found out today.
The city's manager, Shelley Dickstein, said while it's too early to speculate how the Good Samaritan site could be reused, the city will be working to try and redevelop the space.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the city is disappointed in Premier's decision, and that it will work hard to make sure that kep area of northwest Dayton is redeveloped.
"Premier being a nonprofit and being a leader in the community, they shouldn't just sell the site off," she said. "They should stay with the site, and make sure it is developed for the community to benefit from that. They should have legitimate community input for the development, and they have eo put significant dollars into that."
Senator Sherrod Brown (D - OH) said he's working with Mayor Whaley to do whatever they can, and he's blaming the current political climate for the closure.
"More and more hospitals are starting to close because of the unpredictability of what happens next on funding the hospitals," Brown said. "I mean, politicians in this town need to keep their hands off of hospitals, whether it's a rural hospital in Miami County or Darke County, or an urban hospital in Dayton, what the president has done is caused a more uncertain future for these hospitals."
This is a developing story and will be updated.