Community forum on what’s next after Good Sam closure

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The company responsible for helping decide what’s going to replace Good Sam Hospital hosted a forum this afternoon. 

Premier Health announced today: Good Sam hospital will be closing in a matter of months: no later than August 29th. The plan is to demolish everything – except for two buildings – and make it “shovel ready” for whatever comes next.

Some people who attended the forum say they’re still upset about the news of its closure.

Dayton resident Sonia Jackson said: “This would not happen in Oakwood. But it’s happening here in West Dayton. And it’s just another blow.”

Another resident Florence Carwell said she feels as if Premier Health is abandoning the community by closing Good Sam.

“Too many people are down on their luck,” Carwell said. “They depend on the community, they depend on that hospital… They cannot come and just make a decision and throw it down our throat.”

PlanningNext has been tasked with determining the site’s future. The company’s principal, Jamie Greene, said he understands why people are upset.

“There is – rightfully – some concern, disappointment, downright hurt about the loss,” Greene said. “I mean, this is a neighborhood that has worked hard to be as stable as it is… [But] we do need to look forward, we cannot just be stuck with feeling bad. We got to do something proactive here.”

Greene says they want to leave it up to the community to decide what they want and need.

“We have no ideas, right now. We’re here to try and discover some what some ideas might be,” he said. “We do know that there are people in the community who probably already started to think about what might happen next. But we have no ideas. We want to let the process play out.”

Dayton resident Greg Kramer said he’d like to see more housing.

“I want to see affordable, accessible housing as a possibility of being put at that site,” he said. “Because currently there is a lack of affordable, accessible housing for people with disabilities.”

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