DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley spoke publicly today about the effect of closing Good Samaritan Hospital.
Whaley sent out a statement Tuesday morning saying: “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.”
During the press conference, she said that she knows Premier Health has the right to choose to stop providing healthcare, but that demolishing the buildings Premier occupied would be a waste. Since Premier is a nonprofit, the community paid to build the facilities and should be able to keep them.
It was announced on Monday that the federal government has opened an investigation into the closure.