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CEO of health center on Good Sam campus says it’s here to stay

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

WHIO Reports Good Samaritan Hospital Closure Feb 11 2018

Obscured by the monumental news that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closed by the end of the year is that a health center on the campus expects to remain operating for years to come.

“We’re not a hospital, but we’re hoping the services we can offer will meet the needs of the community,” Five Rivers Health Centers CEO Gina McFarlane-El said.

The community health center, across the street from the hospital at 2261 Philadelphia Drive, serves patients regardless of their ability to pay. The nonprofit was recognized recently for its work in providing preventative care and managing chronic conditions, which can help avoid unnecessary ER visits.

RELATED: Five Rivers fighting infant death with new pilot program

Premier Health announced in January it would be closing Good Sam by the end of the year, moving staff and services to other locations in the network. The announcement sparked concern throughout the region about whether the move would disproportionately affect the health of residents served by the hospital, a longtime mainstay in northwest Dayton.

McFarlane-El said the Five Rivers Health Centers board will be discussing what it can do to meet the community’s needs in the wake of the hospital’s closing. Five Rivers is a separately operated nonprofit but has a connection with Premier Health and leases its newly constructed building from the health network.

Five Rivers Health Centers CEO Gina McFarlane-El CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

RELATED: Premier Health to close Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton

“This ZIP Code is one of the most populous ZIP Codes in the area. There are a lot of people in this area. So we want to ask what can we do to tap into the needs of the community and figure out what can work,” McFarlane-El said.

The health center’s network of Dayton-area locations, including the center at Philadelphia Drive, served more than 25,000 patients in 2017 and logged 84,307 patient visits. It is set up to serve the uninsured and under-served, as well as proactively respond to some of the community’s most pressing health concerns.

Areas of focus include helping patients who are uninsured sign up for Medicaid if eligible, working to reduce racial health disparities, reducing the high infant mortality rate, and addressing widespread health problems like hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

Five Rivers has primary care services like dental, OB-GYN, behavioral health, sickle cell care, respite care, a medical and legal partnership, psychiatry and pharmacy. It  also has specialty care like gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedic and hand surgery, general surgery and infections disease treatment.

Even after Good Samaritan Hospital is torn down, health services will remain at the campus through Fiver Rivers Health Centers. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

RELATED: New $4.4M medical center proposed

About 70 percent of the health center’s patient revenue comes from Medicaid, 11 percent from self-paying or uninsured patients, 10 percent from Medicare and 9 percent from commercial insurance. The high Medicaid percentage compares to about 26 percent for the Dayton region as a whole.

McFarlane-El said the health centers also teach doctors through the nonprofit’s large residency program, which trains recent medical school graduates.

The residency program benefits everyone, McFarlane-El said.

“It gives the community residents an important role because they get to help with the training of the next generation of doctors,” she said.

RELATED: Hospital closing a blow, but officials say Good Sam site has promise

By the numbers: Five Rivers Health Centers

$19 million: Annual budget

$3.7 million: Federally qualified health center grant funding

218: Employees

25,092: Patients served in 2017, up 15 percent from 2016

84,307: Patient visits in 2017

70 percent: Portion of patient revenue from Medicaid

Five Rivers Health Centers locations

Center for Women’s Health: 161 Wyoming St.

Dental Center: 30 E. Apple St.

Family Health Center: 2261 Philadelphia Drive

Greene County Health Center: 360 Wilson Drive, Xenia

Medical Surgical Health Center: 725 S. Ludlow St.

Pediatrics: 161 Wyoming St.

Samaritan Homeless Clinic: 921 S. Edwin C. Moses

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FedEx truck crashes off westbound I-70

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:20 AM

SCENE: FedEx truck jackknifes on I-70 near Hoke Road

A FedEx truck crashed off westbound Interstate 70 during snowy conditions early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on westbound I-70 near the Hoke Road exit in Englewood.

The semi appears to have been hauling two trailers. The semi is in the ditch, and the exit ramp onto Hoke Road is blocked.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported across the area. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

>> RELATED: Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:26 AM

SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675
SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect as a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through the morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren counties until 8 p.m.

Snow is falling steady, and drifting will be a problem with gusts reaching 25 to 35 mph.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

>> AAA wants you to remember these 4 things when driving in the snow

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

The following is a list of crashes being reported across the area:

  • In Miamisburg, on Sherwood Forest Drive, vehicle crashed into a house around 4:40 a.m.
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 at the U.S. 35 exit, vehicle slide-off reported at 4 a.m.
  • In Washington Twp, on Social Row Rd, a vehicle into a ditch reported at 3:45 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on northbound U.S. 68 near milemarker 2, slide-off reported at 3:20 a.m.
  • In Darke County, on U.S. 127, just north of Castine, a jackknifed semi reported at 3:15 a.m. 
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 ramp to westbound U.S. 35, vehicle off the roadway reported at 3:05 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on Richland Avenue, a vehicle slide-off reported around 2:55 a.m.
  • In Dayton, on U.S. 35 at W. Third Street, a jackknifed semi reported around 2:35 a.m.
  • In the Englewood area, on westbound I-70 at the 26 milemarker, overturned FedEx truck reported at 2:30 a.m.
  • In Sidney, on southbound I-75, south of SR 29, a jackknifed semi reported around 2 a.m. 
  • In Moraine, on northbound I-75 at the 50 milemarker, crash reported around 1:10 a.m. 
  • In Dayton, on northbound I-75 at Edwin C. Moses, one vehicle into a guardrail around 1 a.m. 
  • In Greenville, on SR 571, one vehicle into a pole around 12:35 a.m. No injuries reported.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Power restored to customers after outage in Montgomery County

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:39 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Power has been restored to nearly all customers in Montgomery County after over 3,000 people were without power early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: Over 1,400 customers are still without power in Montgomery County, per the DP&L outage map. 

Crews are working to restore power to residents, which is believed to be a result of the inclement weather.


Over 3,000 customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to the DP&L outage site.

>> Winter Weather Advisory continues, Winter Storm Warning issued for some 

DP&L has been preparing for a possible outage due to the inclement weather and this instance is believed to be weather related.

Crews are out working to fix the issue. 

We will continue to monitor for restoration and update the story accordingly. 

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Shooting in Dayton prompts officials to respond

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:28 AM

ON SCENE: Shooting reported on Bickmore Avenue in Dayton

A shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Bickmore Road early Wednesday morning, prompting officials to 


OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Dayton police investigating shots fired into Haberer Avenue residence

The incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m., per initial reports. 

We will update this story as additional details become available. 

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