Dayton Unit NAACP President Derrick Foward is flanked by local church leaders Saturday as he talked about the impact the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will have on people who live in northwest Dayton. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

NAACP, local churches to host Good Samaritan Hospital forum today

A community forum on the plan to close Good Samaritan Hospital will be held this morning by local NAACP and church leaders.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. today at Zion Baptist Church as an open dialogue between the public and Premier Health president and CEO Mary Boosalis and Anita Moore, chair of the board of trustees.

“This educational forum will allow Premier to explain why they are closing Good Samaritan Hospital and it gives community members an opportunity to give input as to why they shouldn’t close the hospital,” the Dayton Unit NAACP stated in a press release.

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It will be the first public forum with Premier leadership since the health network announced its plans to close the hospital by the end of the year. Good Sam’s closing will move about 1,600 jobs out of northwest Dayton and follows years of businesses and jobs shifting out of the surrounding primarily black neighborhoods.

Premier announced in January that it would close the 85-year-old hospital as part of a three-year strategic plan. At the time of the announcement, Premier said declining hospital stays, the declining population around the hospital and high expense of keeping the campus up to code were among reasons for the closing.

The health network plans to tear the main Philadelphia Drive campus down and turn it into a shovel ready site for redevelopment.

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