Dayton’s Good Samaritan Hospital to Shut Down in 2018
Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio will be permanently shutting its doors by the end of this year. The closure will impact 1,600 Good Samaritan Hospital employees. Exactly how many jobs will be lost is not known though; the company that runs the hospital has not committed to a number.
The 491-bed Good Samaritan Hospital is part of Dayton-based Premier Health Partners, Inc., the largest private employer in the region.
The company said the closure is part of its new strategic plan. A spokesperson said, “Premier Health made this difficult but necessary decision partly in response to the changing national and local dynamics of health care.”
One of those dynamics is the unsustainable cost of operating two hospitals within five miles of each other: Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital. When Good Samaritan Hospital shuts down, the Good Samaritan North Health Center and other Good Samaritan facilities will become part of Miami Valley Hospital.
Good Samaritan Hospital Blames Ongoing Healthcare Industry Challenges for Closure
Premier Health blamed the upcoming Good Samaritan Hospital closing on ongoing challenges in the U.S. healthcare industry—and on logistics.
“Thirty-three per cent of the visits at Miami Valley Hospital currently are from people living in the Good Sam neighborhood,” said Mary Boosalis, CEO and President of Premier Health. “Whether it’s by car, by emergency vehicle, by bus – people do in fact have access. Five miles apart is a pretty reasonable access point.”
After the hospital is closed, the unwanted buildings will be demolished. Boosalis said the plans are to have the site shovel-ready for whatever happens next. The only buildings left standing will be the federally qualified health center and the parking garage.
One of the reasons that Premier decided to demolish Good Samaritan Hospital is that many of the buildings are 30 to 60 years old. To keep the buildings up to code over the next 10 years, Premier would have needed to spend at least $90.0 million. In fact, shutting down and demolishing Good Samaritan Hospital will save Premier Health up to $8.0 million per year in operating costs.
It seems that the ongoing healthcare industry challenges will continue, hospitals will continue to close down, and more employees will be laid off. Some of the biggest challenges impacting the U.S healthcare system are increased costs, access to care, data security, and high patient volumes.
Few would disagree that the U.S. healthcare industry needs to change, but when does it start, and who leads the charge?
“Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now,” Dayton Daily News, January 17, 2018.
“Dayton’s Good Samaritan Hospital to be demolished after year-end closure,” NBC41.com, January 17, 2018.