DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Premier Health and City of Dayton officials announced Monday that they will pledge $30 million toward the redevelopment of the former Good Samaritan Hospital site.
The announcement was made during a joint press conference held by the Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Premier Health at the northwest branch of the Dayton Metro Library.
Key takeaways from the announcement:
- The additional funding means Premier Health has pledged $15 million total toward redeveloping the site. The additional funding was announced by Premier Health CEO Mary Boosalis. Mayor Whaley then declared that the city would be matching that $15 million pledge.
- Phoenix Next Dayton will be the name of the non-profit organization in charge of developing the site. According to a press release.
- No healthcare facility was named on any of the development plans for the Good Samaritan site.
Demolition of Good Sam Hospital is scheduled to be finished around the end of the first quarter of 2020, according to Renee Roberts of Premier Health. Roberts said the site will eventually be shovel-ready for development and will have landscaping and grass planted once demolition is completed.
Whaley said the $15 million funded by Dayton includes costs related to demolition, street and development work performed by the city.
“We’ve been focused on two things,” Whaley said. “We wanted the site redeveloped and we wanted healthcare access for people in the community, particularly people who are low income and low mobility.”
She continued, “This is number one, getting more dollars to redevelop the site. Number two is healthcare access. Are we there yet? No, but healthcare is changing rapidly. We have significant work to do but this is a big milestone today.”
Whaley cited the opening of several healthcare facilities, the city’s work with Premier on developing home healthcare and Grandview Hospital’s Emergency Room expansion as other signs of progress.
Members of the Clergy Community Coalition were present for the announcement. Premier Health is currently being investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services for potentially violating Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The group is one of several protesting the closure of the hospital.
“I’m excited something is being done on the site, whether that’s jobs or industry that’s created, that’s something we desperately need,” Pastor Rockney Carter of the CCC said. “(But) we find out they’re spending $30 million on this Phoenix Next sham and it doesn’t include any kind of healthcare facility for the west side of Dayton. It’s painfully obvious they are not interested at all in the healthcare of residents on the west side.”
The city and Premier Health are forming the non-profit Phoenix Next Dayton corporation to manage redevelopment. The board will consist of: Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein, Dayton Director of Planning and Development Todd Kinskey, Eloise Broner and Patrick Ray of Premier Health and community members Sister Carol Bauer and Belinda Matthews Stenson.
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