Premier Health to close 491-bed Ohio hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, part of Dayton-based Premier Health, will close by the end of 2018.

Premier said operating two hospitals — Good Samaritan and Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton — within 5 miles of each other has become unsustainable.

"The impact of national changes in the healthcare industry, compounded by the changing face of Dayton over the past decade, made clear that Premier Health had to make significant changes to continue to serve the entire region and reach patients in innovative ways in their communities going forward," Premier officials said.

Good Samaritan North Health Center in Dayton and other Good Samaritan facilities will become part of Miami Valley Hospital when Good Samaritan Hospital closes.

The move is part of Premier's 2020 strategic plan, which includes several initiatives to position the health system for future success.

"This was not an easy decision, but it is the right decision for our community," said Anita Moore, chair of Premier Health's board of trustees, regarding the planned hospital closure. "This announcement is a lot for all of us to absorb, and it brings with it a great deal of emotion. As a community and as a health system, though, we will without a doubt look back someday and realize that we emerged from this change stronger and more dedicated than ever to our mission."

Good Samaritan Hospital, which was founded in 1932, is licensed for 491 beds and has more than 2,000 employees. Premier did not say how many jobs would be cut when the hospital closes. Health system officials said they would try to find jobs for Good Samaritan employees in other Premier Health facilities.

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