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Transition Update

Date Set to Close Good Samaritan Hospital’s Emergency Department

Premier Health will close the emergency department located at the Good Samaritan Hospital main campus on Philadelphia Drive at 11:59 pm on July 19, 2018.

The hospital’s Philadelphia Drive campus will begin winding down inpatient operations after the emergency department closes. However, a date when inpatient care will cease at the hospital has not been set.

We previously announced that the closure of the Good Samaritan Hospital campus on Philadelphia Drive would occur no later than August 29. Rapid progress on a plan to migrate the hospital’s services and employee jobs resulted in an adjustment of the timeline.

PLEASE NOTE: This website will be updated frequently as various Good Samaritan Hospital units relocate elsewhere in the coming months.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Closure

We are now anticipating the closure of the Good Samaritan Hospital campus on Philadelphia Drive will occur no later than August 29. We will be able to provide an exact date in the coming months. There are various reasons for advancing the closure date.  We have had thoughtful and candid input from physicians and staff. In addition, we had a response rate of 95 percent of Good Samaritan employees at the main campus signing retention agreements and the overall job placement process is ahead of schedule. More than 75 physicians are participating on 12 teams to determine transition components for various services, including multiple logistical decisions. The buildouts at Good Samaritan North Health Center and Miami Valley Hospital continue and are going well. These factors led us to the conclusion that the configuration of our health system could progress ahead of initial estimates.

As Good Samaritan Hospital’s Philadelphia Drive campus prepares to close later this year, the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology services will be the first major service line to move to Miami Valley Hospital.

Here are the key dates:

  • April 9: Gynecological procedures will transfer from Good Samaritan Hospital to Miami Valley Hospital.
  • April 12: Last day when all deliveries – including scheduled inductions and C-sections – will occur at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Family Birthing Center.
  • April 15: Last day of operations for Good Samaritan Hospital’s Family Birthing Center, at which point this unit (including all labor and delivery services) will close.

As part of this transition, Miami Valley Hospital has reopened its “Berry 1” unit to accommodate additional patients. Patients also can discuss with their providers the option of delivering at Miami Valley Hospital South.

As of now, there are no changes to the existing locations for OB/GYN practice offices – only where future deliveries and procedures are performed. Premier Physician Network's Lifestages Centers for Women will continue to operate from their existing practice locations. Our CenteringPregnancy ® program, Mothers Empowered, will also remain open at the Good Samaritan Hospital and Good Samaritan North Health Center locations. Five Rivers Family Health Center will remain at its location at 2261 Philadelphia Drive in Dayton.

Our Path Forward

It’s often said of the human spirit: The hardest things in life are often the most worthwhile. And it rings true for health systems, too. At Premier Health, we’re embarking on a new strategic plan – a plan that will ultimately take care to an even higher level for the residents of Southwest Ohio.

Some of the steps we must take to get there will be difficult. One of them is the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital’s campus on Philadelphia Drive in summer 2018. It’s not a decision our locally led board of trustees and executive team made lightly. Many of you were born at Good Samaritan Hospital. Many of you have spent your entire careers there. For so many Good Sam employees, their work has been nothing short of a sacred calling.

All of us at Premier Health keenly feel the enormity of this decision; Good Samaritan is one of the two hospitals that joined together to form our health system 23 years ago.

And yet, it is the right decision. In today’s health care environment, it is difficult to justify operating two large acute-care hospitals just five miles apart here in Dayton.

Please know that, in the months to come, we will be as committed as ever to keep patients at the center of everything we do at Good Samaritan Hospital, just as we did prior to this announcement. We are standing by our employees at the hospital, too, with a goal to offer every one of them a job opportunity elsewhere within the Premier Health family. And we hope to have all of our Good Sam providers continue to practice medicine within Premier Health. The spirit of Good Samaritan Hospital will live on through these employees and physicians as an inspiration to us all.

Just as we are at our patients’ side on every step of a journey toward better wellness, we’ve got Dayton’s best interests at heart, too. That’s why we’re committed to keeping Good Samaritan Hospital’s services in the city’s core. And it’s why we’re not walking away from Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus. We plan to be an active partner in redeveloping the property in a way that contributes to the neighborhood and region. We will be working with CityWide Development Corp., a long-time partner in the Phoenix Project, and have engaged planning NEXT, an experienced firm specializing in property redevelopment.

Good Samaritan Hospital has a special place in the hearts of countless Daytonians, and our gratitude goes out to all those who helped make it so. At Premier Health, we’re dedicated to creating a bright future for both the place where Good Sam stands – and its people.

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Mary Boosalis
President and Chief Executive Officer
Premier Health

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen to the PATIENTS?

Configuration is a long process. We will have a plan in place to ensure there will be time to prepare for the transition. And when we reach the final stages of the move, all patients at the hospital will be accommodated at the nearest appropriate Premier Health facility based on their medical needs.

Keep in mind that more than 13,000 inpatient cases (approximately 33 percent) at Miami Valley Hospital were from the Good Samaritan area in 2016.

What will happen to the STAFF?

It is our goal to offer everyone a position within Premier Health.

  • We are in the process of facilitating this right now through internal programs and one-on-one meetings. Our Human Resources division has an action plan they are implementing for each department.
  • Of note: More than 1,700 employees that currently work at Miami Valley Hospital live in the Good Samaritan area.
  • We also understand that some employees may choose to retire or even leave Premier Health altogether. We will work with each staff member to help them – this could mean voluntary retirement or other programs for staff.
 

What will happen to PHYSICIANS and ADVANCE PRACTICE PROVIDERS?

Our goal is to ensure our employed physicians and advance practice providers continue to have a place with us. We strongly believe our independent, employed, and academic physicians and other providers take care to a higher level and we highly value all of our providers. Premier Health has invested heavily in physician leadership development, as we know our future depends upon physician leadership at all levels of the organization. Our providers give their all to provide the highest quality care.

Clinical transformation is not achievable without strong physician relationships and engagement. The development of the service lines, Premier Health Group, and the neuroscience institute, for example, all came about due to the endorsement and support of our physician leadership council, which has evolved into our Physician Partnership Committee of the Board. Success in moving the organization forward in its mission to strengthen the health of the community can only be accomplished by partnering closely with all of our physicians to continue to improve the care we provide together.

  • PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS: we know all of our primary care physicians will see no changes in their status.
  • SPECIALTY PHYSICIANS: all of our specialty physicians will be offered a position within the Premier Health system, but they may need to change locations and potentially shifts.
  • HOSPITALISTS: all of our hospitalists will be offered a position within the Premier Health system, but may need to change their location and potentially shifts. We will know more as we work toward full implementation of the plan and will continue to keep everyone up to speed with what we know, when we know it. We are working to achieve as little disruption as possible.
  • ADVANCE PRACTICE PRACTITIONERS: all our advanced practice practitioners will have an offer within the Premier Health system.
 

What will happen to the HOSPITAL/CAMPUS?

Premier Health plans to engage and work with the Good Sam community as we look to develop a plan to transform the campus.

  • This will include a significant commitment on our part to the redevelopment.
  • We will work to prepare the campus for future development.
    • Some of the buildings associated with the entire Good Sam campus are more than 60 years old. We realize it would cost more to upgrade and re-condition those buildings than it would to prepare the site to make it attractive for new development.
    • The age of many of the buildings on the campus was part of our decision-making as we looked at the cost over the next years to upgrade and/or refurbish the existing facilities. This was not only due to the actual buildings, but to the infrastructure as well, such as generators, and other maintenance, anticipated to be too costly over the years.
     
  • Five Rivers Health Center will remain in place and continue to serve the community.
  • Our commitment to the community will not change as we still plan to serve their health care needs, mainly at Miami Valley Hospital.
    • Continue our investments in the community- as we have done in the past and continue to do with the Phoenix Project: The Phoenix Project has been a multi-million dollar commitment over nearly two decades on projects coordinated with others.
     
 

How long have you been planning (working) on this?

This decision is an outgrowth of our strategic plan that assessed how we can best achieve our mission to build healthier communities across our entire service area and that is a long and detailed process. Specific recommendations were reached along the way and then needed to be carefully reviewed. It was based on a careful assessment of the changing health care and Dayton environment and the need to make systemic, and sometimes very difficult decisions. With two acute care hospitals five miles apart, we determined that we could best serve our core area in Dayton by consolidating services at Miami Valley Hospital.

Why are we doing this now?

We are doing this now from a position of strength, giving us better control of how to position services in our region to best serve our entire service area. Through assessment, supported by research, we are convinced that if we don’t make this move now, our mission and our long-term viability will be in serious jeopardy, especially as the challenges we all face in health care continue to be exacerbated.

When will Good Samaritan Hospital’s Philadelphia Drive campus actually close?

It is our plan to continue operations until summer 2018.

What will happen to Good Samaritan North Health Center?

As we announced last year, we are continuing our Phase 3 plans to expand Good Samaritan North. The expansion includes an additional 46 inpatient beds, along with elective orthopedic joint and spine services to be completed later this year. The decision to expand reflects the strong demand for the health center’s services. For example, the Emergency Center had about 18,000 visits in its first year, exceeding projections by nearly 15 percent. Future phases of expansion are to be actively assessed for opportunities to best serve the community.

We have been told that Good Samaritan North Health Center and other Good Samaritan Hospital facilities will eventually be part of Miami Valley Hospital. Will this result in any change in the names of the facilities.

Yes, naming changes will be necessary as each location providing service needs to visibly indicate the main hospital location.

If the problem is two hospitals within five miles of each other, why didn't you shut down Miami Valley Hospital instead of Good Samaritan Hospital?

You are right that proximity played a large role in our decision. With all of the changing dynamics in health care, as well as the changes going on right here in Dayton, operating two hospitals in such close proximity and with many duplicative services is just not sustainable for the entire system. Because of the size of Miami Valley Hospital, it would be impossible to transfer those services over to Good Samaritan Hospital, which is much smaller in square footage. Many of the tertiary services that are currently housed at Miami Valley, would be extremely expensive to move. And more than 1,700 of our employees at Miami Valley Hospital actually live in the area surrounding Good Samaritan Hospital. Beyond that, more than 13,000 inpatient cases at Miami Valley Hospital were from the Good Samaritan area in 2016.

Can't you just shrink down the size of the hospital and leave an emergency room and limit services?

We looked at several different potential options just like that. We realized that, unfortunately, none of them were practical, given that similar services are offered in close proximity at Miami Valley Hospital and also at Good Samaritan Hospital North. We also had to take into account the aging infrastructure on Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus.

This is a big change. Is Premier Health in trouble?

As difficult as this decision is, we would be in trouble if we failed to act. The status quo is simply unsustainable with all the dramatic changes in health care today. The fact is we have two major hospitals – with duplicative services and costs – operating five miles apart. Compounded by the changes in Dayton over the past decade it means we, as a system, had a very tough decision to make and if we didn’t do that today it would jeopardize our ability to continue to serve the entire region and reach patients in innovative ways in their communities going forward. We don’t want to minimize the emotional impact this decision will have. However, as a system, we knew we had to make this difficult choice to ensure we can continue to meet our mission in the years ahead.

How and when are you going to work with the community?

The input of the community is not only wanted, it is absolutely critical as we work together to transform the Good Samaritan Hospital site. Good Samaritan Hospital and Premier Health have a long history of successfully partnering and investing in the adjacent neighborhood and larger community. The Phoenix Project is one example. Partnerships like this will not only continue, but are expected to expand. Unlike other Dayton-based employers, who closed and walked away from Dayton, Premier Health will be working with others to explore the possibilities for redevelopment of the site. We will be working with CityWide Development Corporation, one of our long-time partners on the Phoenix Project, and we have chosen to secure the services of planning NEXT, a national firm, with the experience necessary to help plan, design and transform the site for decades to come. We have a plan to obtain public and community input over the next few months, through a number of outreach activities which will include:

  • Meetings with community leaders
  • Focus Groups
  • Surveys (email and other)
  • Workshops
  • Community events

Additional information regarding upcoming meetings and events will be announced soon.

What will Premier Health do to support the redevelopment of this campus going forward?

Building healthier communities is the mission of Premier Health, and we remain committed to contributing needed dollars to prepare the site for redevelopment, costs which are estimated to reach $16 million or higher. Making the site “shovel ready” for development is one of the more significant ways we can attract a developer who shares a vision for the future. In addition, once community input has been received regarding identified priorities, the Premier Board is prepared to commit start-up or seed money to get the project started, the amount of which will be determined once the priorities have been established.

Did this decision have anything to do with Premier Health being out of contract with UnitedHealthcare?

No. The decision was not affected by being out of contract with UnitedHealthcare. Contract negotiations with payers are cyclical, meaning that contracts are written for a proscribed period of time, and issues are more short term in nature. This decision is based on positioning Premier Health for the long term.

Is this being done to align with another health system?

While we want to be attentive to the changing landscape in health care today, there are no current plans to align with another health system.

What is the transition plan roadmap?

This is, of course, a complex and emotional time. We have put together a team, including physicians, nurses, administrators, and support staff, who are working together to address areas such as staff, patient care, providers, general operations, community relations, redevelopment, and communications. Careful planning has been put in place to take care of patients, staff, providers, and the community.

Will other Premier Health hospitals close?

No. There are no plans to close other Premier Health hospitals.

What level of support is Premier Health going to provide for redeveloping the site?

We will be working with CityWide Development Corp., a long-time partner on the Phoenix Project. We also have engaged an experienced firm, planning NEXT, to help us plan and promote the redevelopment of the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Philadelphia Drive location. The Board of Trustees has committed substantial funds for preparation of the site and to help support redevelopment efforts.

What level of support is Premier Health going to provide to the community surrounding the Good Samaritan Hospital site?

We have a long-standing relationship with the community surrounding Good Samaritan Hospital’s Philadelphia Drive location. The Phoenix Project is a good example of how we have partnered with others to benefit the community. That commitment will continue as we serve those who live in the area. Five Rivers Health Centers will be there to serve many in the community with primary care needs and for other services.

What will happen to the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation?

There are no immediate plans to close the Good Samaritan Foundation. It will maintain its names and purposes and honor the intent of its donors.

What will happen to The Dayton Heart Institute? (THID)

The Heart Institute of Dayton (THID) has played an important role in providing education and community outreach regarding cardiovascular care for our region for many years. We plan to continue this important focus with THID continuing to be aligned with the cardiovascular service line initiatives for our health system.

What will happen to our community sponsorships?

We will honor any current community sponsorships and as we will be serving the Good Samaritan Hospital community, requests for community sponsorships will be reviewed just as with any other part of our health system.

What will happen to other Good Samaritan locations –Beavercreek, Greenville, Huber Heights, Diabetes Center?

Other Good Samaritan Hospital locations will continue to operate.

What will happen to the Credit Union, currently located at Good Samaritan Hospital?

As part of the transition, we are looking for a location at the Miami Valley Hospital main campus to relocate the Credit Union branch to coincide with the closing of services at the Good Sam campus on Philadelphia Drive. Discussions with the credit union will take place to work together on the best possible solution.

Content Updated: May 10, 2018

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