Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department to Close July 19; Hospital to Close July 23

Premier Nursing News     July 2018

Rapid progress on the plan to migrate Good Samaritan Hospital (closed in 2018) services and employee jobs has resulted in an adjustment in the closure timeline. The hospital’s Emergency Department will close at noon on Thursday, July 19. Inpatient care will then wind down and the hospital will officially close at 12:01 am on Monday, July 23. Nursing units are consolidating as census drops; for example, the cardiovascular intensive care unit has transitioned to the intensive care unit. 

Name Changes

Additionally, effective Monday, July 23, due to regulatory requirements, the names of all Good Samaritan Hospital locations will change to reflect their affiliation with Miami Valley Hospital.

Keepsakes for Purchase

In response to community members’ requests, commemorative postcards are now on sale in the hospital’s gift shop. Individual cards can be purchased for $1 each, or as a set of six in a keepsake package for $12. The cards feature the current exterior of the hospital, the original exterior of the hospital, the Sisters of Charity, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel, the Good Samaritan statue, and the Madonna statue.

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati sent a message to the staff: “Thank you for being Good Samaritans to all you have served and are serving. We appreciate the ways in which you continue to keep the focus on patient care in spite of the circumstances around you. We thank you for your dedicated service to the citizens of the Dayton community over these 85-plus years, and remain proud of all the good that we have been about together! You and your families are being remembered in our prayers.” Posters of the message are displayed in employee areas and at time clocks.

Good Samaritan North Health Center (Miami Valley Hospital North as of July 23, 2018)

Under the new name Miami Valley Hospital North, this site on July 23 will offer inpatient and observation beds with 24/7 coverage; spine and joint orthopedic care; elective general surgery; and four high-acuity beds. A cardiac catheterization lab for elective and emergent cases is targeted to be available by September 30, 2018. The possibility of offering interventional radiology services is under review.

Farewell to the Family Birthing Center

The Family Birthing Center at Good Samaritan Hospital suspended services on Sunday, April 15. Current and past staff, along with their families, gathered to support each other and say goodbye to a special unit that has touched many lives throughout the past 86 years. Festivities began with a standing-room- only service in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel, followed by a private dinner in the Seton Tower Café. Afterward, employees and others were invited to the Family Birthing Center to enjoy cake, view a department slide show, and take a final walk through the unit. Toward the end of evening, staff posed for group photos and signed the walls, leaving their mark on hallowed ground. 

Other recent changes include outpatient interventional radiology transitioning on May 14, and direct admits ceasing on June 15.

Upcoming Special Events

  • July 17 & 18 Remembrance and Thanksgiving Chapel Services, 12 and 6 p.m.
  • July 21           Miami Valley Hospital North ribbon cutting ceremony, 1 to 2 p.m.
  • July 21           Miami Valley Hospital North community open house, 2 to 4 p.m.

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