Trotwood EMS, mayor and residents react to Good Sam closing
TROTWOOD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The impact of the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital is being felt throughout the Miami Valley, and Trotwood residents are taking a heavy blow.
Trotwood EMS takes patients to several area hospitals however the majority are taken to Good Sam.
Now there may be additional travel time getting to the emergency room, and Trotwood residents are not happy about that.
"Really for us time will only tell how this change is going to affect us," Trotwood Fire Department Deputy Chief Brandon Barnett said. "Of course it's a big surprise for all of us,"
Like many in the Miami Valley, Trotwood's firefighters and paramedics were shocked Wednesday to learn Good Sam hospital is closing.
"Good Sam is the hospital we transport to the most," Barnett said. "Just in 2017 alone, we transported there 2, 631 times, which is about 40 percent of our EMS transports to local hospitals. If we're passing Good Sam to go to, Grandview that adds a couple of different minutes, 1 or 2 minutes depending on where we're at in our district, the same thing for Miami Valley or for Good Sam North."
"The simple fact of it; it's costing more to just sit in an ambulance so you having to take that ride and it's longer so they're going to charge you a lot of money," Trotwood resident Skyler Lee Masingill said.
Other Trotwood residents have concerns too.
"That's closer to here than trying to make it downtown and more traffic, that slows down and sometimes time is important, you know if you're bleeding or need to get to a respirator or something like that," Trotwood resident Tony Taylor said.
"Business places are getting away and it's putting older people in kind of a strain because we need it," Trotwood resident Willie Volley said.
"In 2017, over 5,000 calls that have gone out from this city and to have a vacuum like that happen in our community, it's going to be devastating," Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald said.
Trotwood's mayor worries about the older citizens
"We're a huge senior community," Mayor McDonald said. "We have Friendship Village, we have Maria Joseph, we have Shiloh Gardens, all of those facilities in our community that take seniors back and forth to Good Sam Hospital. What will be left in the Northwest corridor; what will be left for our citizens."
The mayor said people living in the Northwest corridor deserve to have the same basic things other parts of the Miami Valley have.
It bothers her they have to go far to get services.