Premier's Good Samaritan Hospital to close July 23

Good Samaritan Hospital, a 491-bed facility in Dayton, Ohio, will close at 12:01 a.m. July 23, according to a Dayton Daily News report.

Dayton-based Premier Health, which operates Good Samaritan, first announced plans to close the facility in January, but it had yet to set a specific date.

Premier said operating two hospitals — Good Samaritan and Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton — within 5 miles of each other has become unsustainable, especially in a healthcare environment that is shifting to outpatient care.

The hospital has already started its phased shutdown. Obstetrics and gynecology was moved out of the hospital in April. Premier also set a July 19 closure date for Good Samaritan's emergency department.

Good Samaritan Hospital employs about 1,600 people. Premier did not say how many of those 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.

Once the hospital closes July 23, it will be demolished. Premier will gift $10 million toward redeveloping the site.

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