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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: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
TROY — A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while riding on West Main Street.
Troy police said Ball was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he was struck by the sport-utility vehicle also headed west, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.
Ball was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
The driver of the SUV was injured, police said, but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.
The crash remains under investigation.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
MIAMI COUNTY — UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.
Traffic is moving but motorists can expect delays due to a truck fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.
Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a truck caught fire.
The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.
Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
— A video game that gives the player the choice to be an elite SWAT team member or take the role of an active shooter during a mass casualty event is drawing national and international backlash.
“Active Shooter,” developed by Revived Games and offered through the Steam video game platform, is a point-of-view simulation game that allows the player to lead a team to extract civilians and neutralize the shooter, or play as the mass shooter, according to its description.
“I have been stormed with accusations and heavy (criticism) from people across the globe,” the video game publisher, Acid, wrote. “First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting. Originally when this game started its course of the development, I (had) planned on having SWAT only based game-play. Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian. While I can see people's anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone. After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now.”
In addition to commenters on the video game storefront on Steam disgusted with it, a petition on change.org trying to stop its release has garnered more than 5,350 signatures.
Infer Trust, a United Kingdom charity, asked Valve, the company behind the Steam game store, to drop the title ahead of its June 6 release.
"It's in very bad taste,” an Infer Trust spokeswoman told the BBC. “There have been 22 school shootings in the U.S. since the beginning of this year. It is horrendous. Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children? We're appalled that the game is being marketed."
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM
BEAVERCREEK — Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.
The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.
VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015
Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.
“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.
Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.
“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.
Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.
“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”
The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.
There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.
“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”