June 10 – Officials from some of the seven organizations that are partnering on a project that will begin redeveloping the site of Good Samaritan Hospital say the investment will create a community anchor that promotes healthy living and “the learning of the next generation”.
“The partners view this facility as an asset and an amenity to the Northwest Dayton community and beyond,” said Eloise Broner, Chief Shared Services Officer at Premier Health and Chair of the Phoenix Next Board of Directors. “It will be a one-stop shop for local residents that will meet the needs identified by hundreds of local stakeholders through a survey.”
Many local residents and groups have been outraged by the closure of Good Sam, warning that the move will severely impair access to essential medical care in Northwest Dayton and other nearby areas.
Seven organizations plan to occupy space in a new 50,000 square foot facility that is proposed for the former Good Sam Hospital property at Philadelphia Drive and Salem Avenue in northwest Dayton, according to the groups and renderings and a site plan submitted to the Dayton Planning Division.
Premier Health controversially closed the hospital in 2018, and buildings on the 13.5-acre site were demolished shortly thereafter, except for a parking lot.
Project partners are the YMCA of Greater Dayton, Premier Health, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley, County Corp, CareSource and Wright State University, according to planning documents.
The proposed two-story facility could cost about $17 million, and the YMCA of Greater Dayton plans to occupy about half the space (25,000 square feet), said Dale Brunner, president and chief executive officer. of the organization, which has 12 locations in the region. .
The new YMCA will be full-service, with a gym, natatorium (swimming pool) and fitness center that will serve families in northwest Dayton, Brunner said.
The facility will be publicly and privately funded, Brunner said, and the goal is to begin construction this fall, which is expected to take about 14 months.
Plans have yet to be approved, and the Dayton Plan Board expects to have a conceptual review of the proposed project on Tuesday.
Premier Health, which is investing $15 million in the redevelopment of the Good Sam campus and surrounding neighborhood, expects to take up about a quarter of the new facility’s footprint, said Broner, of the Phoenix Next board. .
The health system plans to locate an urgent care facility in the new building along with physicians’ offices and physical therapy, medical imaging and laboratory services, Broner said.
Hundreds of people provided feedback on what they wanted to see on the Good Sam site at community meetings, and it was clear they wanted an anchor that promotes healthy living and next-gen learning. , she said.
“Through this community anchor, we hope to meet local residents where they are and help them achieve their goals, whether those goals relate to health, financial security, or quality of life,” he said. she stated.
The seven partners are expected to employ about 80 people at the new facility, Broner said, adding that this is just the first phase of the property’s redevelopment.
United Way of Greater Dayton Area plans to move its main office from downtown Dayton to the new health and wellness center, occupying approximately 3,000 square feet of space, said J. Thomas Maultsby, president and CEO of the organization.
The new facility will offer attractive long-term rental rates and will also give United Way greater community visibility while putting the organization under the same roof as other nonprofits it works with and works with. works in partnership, Maultsby said.
“Each of the organizations in the new hub aligns with our pillars of health, education and financial stability,” he said.
Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley will operate two programs in the new facility, which will help more than 500 people in the West Dayton area achieve economic self-sufficiency and a better quality of life, said Lance Detrick, group president and chief executive. .
Goodwill Easterseals will occupy about 2,300 square feet of space with its comprehensive case and employment management program and the Miami Valley Works program, Detrick said.
The first program helps residents aged 14 to 24 who currently receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families find employment and become self-sufficient, while the second program helps people of all ages who live in poverty find work. work, he said.
“While we can do many great things to help people in our community at Goodwill Easterseals, we can have an even greater impact when we work together with Premier Health, the YMCA and the other great organizations involved in this project,” said Detrick said.
County Corp plans to occupy about 300 square feet of space in the building that it will use to meet one-on-one with customers at its HomeOwnership Center, said Steve Naas, president of County Corp.
“We believe this space will allow us to meet our customers ‘where they are’ in a space more suited to their needs,” he said. “…We plan to conduct future homebuyer training and owner education programs on-site in the facility’s community space.”
Wright State plans to use approximately 3,500 square feet of space in the new facility as multiple offices, a pair of classrooms and a conference room.
WSU plans to provide a range of services including academic instruction, counseling and internships and the school will work with partners to maximize student learning opportunities, said Seth Bauguess, director of the office of communications at WSU. the university.
CareSource is also committed to the project, although it is still finalizing details to revitalize the space with community partners, a CareSource spokesperson said.
“We look forward to sharing more in the weeks to come,” the spokesperson said.