DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Premier Health officials said Thursday they planned to have the former site of Good Samaritan Hospital demolished within a year.
The announcement came during a community meeting where officials shared information about the demolition process. Six weeks ago, work began on deconstructing the inside of several of the buildings. An official with O’Rourke, the company chosen to demolish the building, said he did not anticipate traffic would be impacted by the process. The facility will be brought down without the use of explosives. An estimated 90 percent of materials from the site are slated to be recycled.
Premier Health said they were also in the process of carefully removing materials and items from the hospital’s chapel.
Residents with concerns about the process can call a special hotline at 937-499-9174 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two more meetings about the demolition process are scheduled one for May 21 and July 16 at 6 p.m. at 828 W Fairview Avenue.
While Thursday night’s meeting focused on demolition, several community members stood up and voiced opposition to the hospital’s closure.
Reverand Karen Lewis questioned why Premier Health did not invest in an urgent care or other type of health care facility. “What do we say to the poor? We say you’re not worth it? There’s no value in you, so therefore we leave you? We abandon you?” said Lewis.
Bishop Richard Cox said, “They have not decided to do that. It lets the community know that they don’t care about health care in west Dayton.”