DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Good Samaritan Hospital is officially closed.
Premier Health shut the doors on the hospital for good at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
In January, Premier Health announced it would close Good Samaritan’s main campus on Philadelphia Drive.
Premier, which also operates Miami Valley Hospital, said it was no longer feasible to operate two hospitals less than five miles apart.
The announcement triggered outrage from the community, and a series of protests as people pushed for the hospital to remain open.
In the hospital’s final hours Sunday, neighbors and church leaders gathered for reflection and prayer.
“I know out of the ashes that the new Good Samaritan medical center will rise,” Rockney Carter, the President of the Clergy Community Coalition said. “We’re going to rise.”
“We’re going to have health care on the west side of Dayton, so I’m excited about that opportunity.”
Carter’s group filed a complaint with the U-S Department of Health and Human Services, which has now opened an investigation. He says his group is also considering taking further legal action.
According to Carter, the main goals are to prevent Premier Health from demolishing the hospital, and to ensure West Dayton has adequate health services.
“We need a standalone emergency room,” Carter said. “We need a standalone urgent care. We need a standalone birth center.”
A Premier Health spokesperson says the company is continuing to provide health care to the West Dayton community, saying in a statement, in part:
“We continue to see very strong demand for services at Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus and at Good Samaritan North Health Center. This was anticipated, as one-third of the inpatient cases at Miami Valley Hospital came from Good Samaritan Hospital’s service area in 2016.”
A Premier Health spokesperson says all patients were discharged or transferred to other facilities by 6:00 p.m. Friday, the same day the emergency room closed.
Premier Health says all Good Sam employees who wanted to stay in the company have been offered positions at other Premier facilities.
Meanwhile, the Clergy Community Coalition says they’ll be back at the hospital at 11:30 a.m. Monday for another protest.
Good Samaritan Hospital opened in 1932.