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Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
— Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of 2018.
Premier Health announced today 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.”
“Premier Health made this difficult but necessary decision partly in response to the changing national and local dynamics of health care,” company officials said.
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Here’s what we know about the closure now:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. HOW MANY JOBS WILL BE IMPACTED? Approximately 1,600 jobs will be impacted. More than 1,500 employees worked for Good Samaritan Hospital in 2016, according to data obtained by this news organization. It is not immediately clear how many jobs will be cut in the process of the hospital’s closure, but Premier officials said they were committed to finding jobs for Good Samaritan employees in other Premier facilities.
Premier Health employs around 14,000 in the Dayton region.
4. WILL THE PROPERTY BE REDEVELOPED?
The firm tasked with fostering a redevelopment plan for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds will also be in charge of planning what the hospital’s campus could become.
The firm planning NEXT, a Columbus-based company, will be involved in potential redevelopment.
The goal will be to get the site “shovel ready” for potential redevelopment, Premier’s CEO said during a press conference. No date for any demolition has been set since the hospital will still be in operation until the end of the year.
Premier will also be working with CityWide Development Corporation to help repurpose the site.
Over the next few months, community input for redevelopment of the property will be sought, according to Premier. Updates on the plans for the property will be available online.
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Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
— An locally owned pharmacy is planning to open a third location.
Hock’s Pharmacy will open it’s newest pharmacy at 649 High St., Piqua. The family-owned pharmacy already has locations in Vandalia and Tipp City.
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The new pharmacy will employ five or six people, including a delivery driver.
Jeff Bartone, president of Hock’s Pharmacy, said in a statement that the business has services like Hock’s MultiPack, Hock’s RxSync, and free prescription delivery.
He said the company currently does not have any other plans to expand.
“However, we are always looking for opportunities to serve great communities around the area,” he said.
Tim Echemann, of Industrial Property Brokers, who brokered the real estate sale, said the building was previously used by an independent pharmacy.
Miami County property records show the building sold for $375,000.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:35 PM
MASON — The Atrium Medical Center emergency department in Mason will close in July to make way for a Premier Health Urgent Care Center.
The ER will shut down at 7 p.m. July 7, according to a release from Premier Health, which announced in April it would convert the ER space to an urgent care center to serve the Mason and Deerfield Twp. communities.
Conditions treated in urgent care settings include minor illness or injury, such as: cold, flu or sinus infection, as well as sprains, strains, minor burns and rashes.
Atrium Medical Center will continue to invest in its services at the 44,000-square-foot health care facility at 7450 Mason-Montgomery Road, Premier said.
The building includes Premier Health Family Medicine, a primary care physician practice; the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, an OB/GYN physician practice; and medical imaging and laboratory services including X-Ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound and women’s imaging services.
Premier Health Family Medicine recently renovated and expanded its office space at Atrium Health Center Mason, and is accepting new patients, Premier said.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
— A majority of the meats you grill on the Memorial Day grill will be cheaper this year, but those who like a good T-bone steak will pay a little more compared to last year.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of grilling season and is a major holiday that drives sales, including meat sales, at local grocery stores.
Robert Bernhard, owner of Dot’s Market, which has two grocery stores in Dayton, said an unusually cold April appears to have led to pent up demand to cook out. Now that temperatures are finally up, he said the grocery shoppers are out.
“They are so happy to see nice weather that they get the grills out,” Bernhard said. “It really does well for us when weather is nice.”
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Prices are slightly higher than a year ago, Bernard said, and usually rise throughout the summer.
Ground beef in the U.S. cost an average of $3.73 per pound in April compared to $3.55 per pound the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The average price for all types of steaks is $7.70 per pound compared to $7.28 last April.
Pork chops cost an average of $3.29 per pound compared to $3.44 per pound the year before. Boneless chicken breasts are at $3.24 per pound, slightly down from $3.29 per pound the year prior.
While there might be a higher supply of meat this year, there is a lower supply of high quality beef for grocery stores to stock, said Jack Gridley, Dorothy Lane Market vice president of Meat, Seafood, Deli and Prepared Foods.
At the same time, Gridley said incomes are improving and more consumers have the money to buy quality beef.
“For yourself, you may see less marbling. The meat is leaner, but at the same time there’s less flavor. There’s less tenderness,” he said.
Dorothy Lane, which operates three grocery stores in the area, has still been able to find high quality beef and hold their prices steady, but Gridley said it takes more work to find the right supplier.
“It’s very difficult. If you’re looking for quality meat, you need to find a partner that also believes in that and raises cattle from birth to harvest and believes in doing it the old fashion way,” Gridley said.
Nielsen, a data analytic company, reported that out of the different types of meat, beef typically has the highest sales for the holiday weekend.
In 2016 — the latest year Nielsen had data for — beef sales topped $778 million for the two weeks ending June 4. Next up was chicken, with sales of more than $362 million, followed by pork, which generated $208 million over the same time frame.
Grilling season also drives other grocery shopping, with strong sales annually reported over Memorial Day weekend for vegetable trays, tomatoes, berries, and pre-cut fruit. The weekend is also traditionally the second most important holiday weekend in beer sales, second in dollars only to Fourth of July, Nielsen reported.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
DAYTON — Strollers sold at Toys R US and other retailers that could strangle your child are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Jane Muum strollers have a large opening between the armrest and the seat bottom which your child could slip through, potentially trapping your child’s head or neck. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled strollers have the code 5399US/S85, 5399US/S47, or 5399US/S46, printed on the label found on the leg of the stroller.
Contact Jane at 844-200-7971 to receive a free replacement armrest. Until you receive the replacement, you may continue to use the stroller if you remove the armrest and harness your child properly in the seat.
My First Porsche wooden cars are under recall because they pose a choking hazard.
The wheels and axles can detach from the blue cars with tan wheels with the lot numbers 011215, 020916, 031017, 031114, 031116, 040116, 040416, 040516, 041217, 051015, 061117, 090915. No injuries have been reported.
Don’t let your child play with the car and contact Porsche at 800-767-7243, or return the car to a Porsche dealer to receive a full refund.
Bicycles sold at IKEA are being recalled because the belt drives can break and cause you to fall.
The recall involves SLADDA bicycles 26” with the article number 303.267.28 and 28” with the article number 603.267.36.
No injuries have been reported, but don’t ride the recalled bikes and contact IKEA at 888-966-4532 or return it to an IKEA store for a full refund.
Wireless charges by Bluefin are under recall because they may overheat and burn you.
There are three reports of overheating chargers with the model number AC16B printed on the bottom.
Don’t use the recalled charges which were given away as free promotional items at the FICO World tradeshow and other events, and the ad specialty channel in April of this year.
Contact Bluefin at 877-211-7220 ext. 145 to receive a refund.
John Deere is recalling 120R compact utility tractor loaders due to missing information in the operator’s manual which could cause injuries.
The manual is missing information about the proper ballast when attaching the loader to a John Deere model 2025R tractor.
No one has been hurt, but don’t use the recalled loaders and contact Deere & Company at 800-537-8233 to receive a free corrected operator’s manual.
Kohler 100-amp service-entrance automatic transfer switches can overheat and cause a fire.
The recalled switches have the model number RXT-JFNC 100ASE printed on a nameplate inside the cover.
No injuries or incidents have been reported but consumers should contact Kohler immediately at 800-892-7709 to schedule a free repair.
For more information on these products and past recalls visit www.cpsc.gov.