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Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
— Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of 2018.
Premier Health announced on Wednesday that the hospital, based on the northwest side of Dayton, will shut down by the end of 2018. The health network — the largest private employer in the region — said the closure is “part of Premier Health’s new strategic plan.”
Here’s what we know about the closure now:
MAKING A DECISION: Mary Garman, chief operating officer at Good Sam, said there were several options that were looked at before the decision was made to close the Dayton hospital. She said company executives have been examining closing options for “many, many” months. The Premier Health Board of Trustees approved the closing Tuesday night before the announcement was made Wednesday morning, shocking many in the community.
WHY IS THE HOSPITAL SHUTTING DOWN? Premier said it was unsustainable to operate two hospitals within five miles of each other. “The impact of national changes in the health care industry, compounded by the changing face of Dayton over the past decade, made clear that Premier Health had to make significant changes to continue to serve the entire region and reach patients in innovative ways in their communities going forward,” Premier officials said on Wednesday morning.
JOBS AVAILABLE: Several nurses who spoke to our reporters said Premier Health has told them jobs will be available to them at other facilities and many said they previously worked at multiple locations. Bryan Bucklew, president and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, said when St. Elizabeth’s Hospital closed that within six months that around 97 percent of the laid off staff were employed again and most were in the Dayton region.
“There’s demand in the sector for health care employees,” Bucklew said.
HEALTH SERVICES TO CONTINUE: There will still be health services at the Good Sam site since the Five Rivers Health Center is staying. The federally qualified health center was built two years ago in the west end of the hospital’s Hepburn parking lot.
The health center has about 30 residents and teaching physicians and is home to services like primary care, management of chronic diseases, behavioral health, women’s health, low risk obstetrical care and is a Centering Pregnancy site, which is a prenatal care and support group program that improves birth outcomes.
» TRENDING COVERAGE: Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now
CATHOLIC ROOTS: The hospitals’ roots stem back to the Sisters of Charity with the Catholic church, which partnered with the city to open the hospital in 1932.
Premier Health and Catholic Health Initiatives first formed a partnership 25 years ago that was an operating and revenue sharing agreement.
The hospital’s affiliation with the Denver-based Catholic health network however was restructured in recent years so that Catholic Health Initiatives still sponsors the Catholic mission of the hospital, but Premier had the sole authority to make the decision to close the hospital.
» MUST-READ HOSPITAL NEWS: Good Samaritan Hospital: Leaders saddened, concerned by closure
WILL OTHER PREMIER HOSPITALS CLOSE? No. Other Premier hospital will not be impacted. “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,” the company explained in a statement.
REMAINING HOSPITALS IN REGION
1. Upper Valley Medical Center - Premier Health
2. Good Samaritan Hospital - Premier Health
3. Grandview Medical Center - Kettering Health
4. Miami Valley Hospital - Premier Halth
5. Soin Medical Center - Kettering Health
6. Kettering Medical Center - Kettering Health
7. Kettering Behavioral Medicine - Kettering Health
8. Miami Valley Hospital South - Premier Health
9. Greene Memorial Hospital - Kettering Health
10. Sycamore Medical Center - Kettering Health
11. Southview Medical Center - Kettering Health
12. Atrium Medical Center - Premier Health
13. Fort Hamilton Hospital - Kettering Health
» MUST-READ BUSINESS NEWS: 5 things you need to know about Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton
HOW WILL HOSPITAL DECIDE FUTURE: Community input will be sought for what comes next for the Good Samaritan Hospital after the 85-year-old institution is torn down, but there is no timetable, Premier officials said. The changes at Good Samaritan won’t all come at once, but by the end of the year 1,600 employees will shifted off site and the Dayton hospital’s main campus will have ceased operations. Premier Health said it just launched a three-year strategic plan that calls for closing down the hospital.
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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
TODAY: Early dry time with temperatures in the 60s. We’ll see broken clouds through the day with highs peaking in the low 70s. The record for the day is 69 degrees, set back in 2016. Expect wind gusts through the day between 20 to 30 mph. We can’t rule out a passing shower or storm during the day across the northwest, but most will stay dry during the day. However, tonight showers and storms become more widespread overnight.
WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.
THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening.
FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.
SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches.
Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:44 AM
TROTWOOD — Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.
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The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.
A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck.
Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive was blocked off during the investigation for around two hours, but has since reopened.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:30 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man held another man accused of breaking into multiple vehicles at gunpoint as he waited for police arrive, according to a police report.
John B. Morgan, 26, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday. Bond was set at $5,000.
Springfield police officers were sent to the 100 block of Roseland Drive at about 6 a.m. Saturday morning about a car theft, the report said. Upon their arrival, a witness was standing in the street with Morgan at gunpoint, it said.
The witness told police he checked his car after his alarm went off and he later allegedly saw Morgan walking down the street with a flashlight, shining it into other vehicles. Morgan then allegedly got into a car that belonged to another neighbor, it said. The witness then approached Morgan with his gun and told him to get on the ground until officers arrived.
Morgan allegedly took gift cards from McDonald’s and Wendy’s, the report said.
Police also allegedly found several prescription drugs in Morgan’s cinch bag, including fentanyl patches, Clonazepan, Alprazom and Flexeril, the report said.
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man is facing aggravated burglary charges after he allegedly attempted to break into a home to steal a television, according to a police report.
Michael Franklin, 22, of 308 W. Liberty Ave., pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday morning. Bond was set at $20,000.
On Oct. 15, police were sent to a home in the 100 block of Euclid Avenue to investigate a burglary. A witness told police he was asleep on the couch when he heard a loud noise. He allegedly saw Franklin attempt to take a television, but Franklin ran away when he realize the witness was awake, the report said. A shoving match led to the witness being pushed to the ground and Franklin ran into an alley behind the home. The man told police he knows Franklin because he mowed grass for a woman he knows, it said.
Police recovered fingerprints from a piece of plexiglass that had allegedly been pushed in to allow entry into the home, the report said. The prints were later confirmed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations to belong to Franklin and a warrant was issued for his arrest, it said.
Franklin was taken into custody by Springfield Police at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday.
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