Protesters boycott community forum on Good Sam’s future

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Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing in a matter of months. However, many people are still hoping the hospital will stay open.

Local pastors and others in the West Dayton community sang hymns and held signs outside of a community forum on the Good Sam closure – once again calling on Premier Health to think again.

Residents got the chance to weigh in on the future of the site at a community forum, Thursday afternoon; And chime in with what they think should happen next.

“This should not be a business decision. This should be about what the community needs,” Dayton resident Mary Sue Gmeiner said. “And they need Good Sam. And that’s why they should not be closing this hospital.”

Premier Health announced: Good Sam hospital will be closing no later than August 29th.

The plan is to demolish everything – except for two buildings – and make it “shovel ready” for whatever comes next.

Dr Chad White of Mt Carmel Baptist Church said: “I do feel as though Premier Health has abandoned West Dayton and to give 10 million dollars towards redevelopment is Judas money. It’s throwing a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound.”

Protestors say Good Sam’s closure will not only eliminate jobs but also leave hundreds in that community who relied on Good Sam, without adequate access to healthcare.

“I relied on Good Sam,” said Bishop Richard Cox of Central Baptist Church. “They saved my life. I had a blood clot in my knee. Hadn’t I got to Good Sam, on time. I would not be talking to you, today.”

PlanningNext has been tasked with determining the site’s future. They said they want the community to decide what they want and need.

Rev. Dr. Rockney Carter of Zion Baptist Church said West Dayton needs a hospital.

“We’re trying to make sure that those medical services stay on the west side of Dayton,” Carter said. “If the hospital can stay open, that it stays open. And if not, that the services that we’re going to lose, they’re going to be replaced.”

In announcing Good Sam’s closure, Premier Health pointed to high operating costs and noted Miami Valley Hospital is only five miles away, so it didn’t make sense to operate two hospitals so close to one another.

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