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The Spirit of the Good Samaritan

Ninety years ago, Dayton needed more hospital beds. A drive to raise funds began, and in 1932, Good Samaritan Hospital opened at Philadelphia Drive and Salem Avenue under the ownership and sponsorship of the Sisters of Charity. 

Over the decades, populations shifted. The delivery of health care changed significantly, lessening the need for overnight stays. Hospital occupancy rates declined across the city. Trends like these have led to the closure of Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus.

We salute a beloved institution and all of the people who have made it so for generations. So many of life’s most meaningful moments – births, careers, friendships, deaths – have been experienced by countless Daytonians within its walls.

There is a sense of finality … and also of new beginnings.

While some are retiring or have accepted jobs elsewhere, the vast majority of Good Samaritan Hospital employees – more than 1,200 of them, and counting – will remain with Premier Health in new roles, serving facilities across the region. The spirit of the Good Samaritan – the call to bring compassion and healing to the most vulnerable – lives on through them and their work as they help fulfill Premier Health’s mission to build healthier communities.

As many have said, Good Samaritan Hospital is more than the structures that stand at Salem Avenue and Philadelphia Drive. Far more.

Just as we’ve stood by our employees, we’ve got Dayton’s long-term interests at heart, too. We’re keeping Good Samaritan Hospital’s services in the city’s core. Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus has served the West Dayton community for nearly 130 years. In 2016, one-third of the inpatient cases at Miami Valley Hospital came from Good Samaritan Hospital’s service area. Close by, Good Samaritan North Health Center will also help meet the community’s health care needs with new services under a new name, Miami Valley Hospital North.

And by reducing our total number of inpatient beds across the region by more than 400, we’re leading the way in responding to calls from the community for local health care systems to do their part to address the cost of health care.

We’re also taking an active part in the planning efforts under way to redevelop Good Sam’s 13-acre campus after the hospital buildings come down. We’re committing up to $10 million in funding to revitalize the neighborhood – in addition to the $13 million we’ve invested through the Phoenix Project since 2003.

Our gratitude goes out to everyone whose work honors the legacy, dignity and spirit of Good Samaritan Hospital. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mary Boosalis

President & CEO

Content Updated: July 25, 2018

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