DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has released a statement in response to the newly opened investigation of the closure of Good Samaritan Hospital.
On Tuesday morning, she stated, “In light of the now opened federal investigation regarding the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital, I call on Premier to commit to not demolish or disable the buildings on the Good Samaritan campus until this investigation, all legal proceedings and the community planning process are complete. If Premier makes this commitment it will show that it is acting in good faith in assessing all community needs, including health care.”
The Clergy Community Coalition filed an administrative complaint back in May with the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights suggesting that the closure and demolition of Good Samaritan would have a racially discriminatory impact and would strike a blow to the healthcare of the African-American community in Dayton.
As a result, Health and Human Services sent a letter to Premier Health requesting a meeting to further discuss the investigation.
The Emergency Room is still scheduled to close on Thursday, with the doors officially closing on July 23.