Community activists are reacting to Premier Health’s decision to close Good Samaritan hospital, one of the only major hospitals serving northwest Dayton.
The hospital, which has more than 1500 employees, has sat near the corner of Philadelphia Drive and Salem Avenue in downtown Dayton for more than 80 years. It's one of several West Dayton institutions to close in the last few years. Most recently, Aldi officials announced plans to shutter a store in the Westown Shopping center. The Day-Mont Behavioral Health Center in Northwest Dayton revealed plans to close late last year. And, Dayton Public Schools is currently exploring closing under- capacity schools.
Amaha Sellassie is a community activist and sociologist. He says he feels like the needs of the West Dayton community have been systematically overlooked.
“This is a lot for a distressed community to have to face in such a short time period. This is going to impact the entire northwest corridor, from property values to businesses in the local area. I think everybody is very scared and concerned.”
Sellassie says he’s also concerned about the distance West Dayton residents will now have to travel to get healthcare.
In a statement, Premier Health says it will consult with community leaders and conduct focus groups to create a redevelopment plan for the site.