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Ohio Health Center Opens New Emergency Room

ENGLEWOOD - The Premier Health Board of Trustees approved a $28 million expansion project for Good Samaritan North Health Center that will result in about 80 new jobs.

The project involves the construction of a four-story, 96,000 square foot addition to the health center's existing building at 9000 North Main St. It will include a 22-bed Emergency Department that will use 22,000 square feet. The remaining space will be built out to meet community needs and will possibly include medical office space.

The completion of the emergency department is set for late spring of 2015, according to Renee Roberts, spokeswoman for Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

The city of Englewood applied for $500,000 in development funds from Montgomery County on behalf of the Good Samaritan North project.

Roberts said Premier officials are still waiting on the status of the application for a Economic Development/ Government Equity grant.

The application stated the new ER jobs will have an average annual salary of $55,000.

"We know the community has embraced its convenient location. Add the fact that people fairly routinely seek emergency services from Good Sam North, it made a lot of sense to make available emergency care at this facility," stated Eloise Broner, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Englewood, Clayton, Brookville, Union and Butler Township make about 5,000 transports each year, Roberts said.

City managers for the cities of Englewood and Clayton said they are excited about the project.

"This will reduce EMS response times substantially for a multitude of area communities," said Englewood City Manager Eric Smith. "Englewood is nothing less than thrilled with the expansion plan. This facility has proven to be a success story from its beginning providing convenient 'one-stop shopping' for a large variety of professional medical services."

Smith said that the health center is a "beautiful building located a block from I-70 on Ohio 48, public accessibility on a regional scale has been a major attribute."

"The decision to construct and staff an Emergency Unit at the Good Samaritan North facility is outstanding news to the Northmont community," said Clayton City Manager Richard Rose. "The time savings realized in shorter transport times by medic units also equates to an increased availability of EMS crews during peak times of service."

In a statement issued Wednesday, Jim Pan-coast, president & CEO of Premier Health, said the expansion will help the healthcare network meet its goals of building healthier communities.

"When you are in need of emergency medical care you want service you trust, and you want it close to home," he said.

Contact this reporter at 937-225-2414 or email Kelli.Wynn@coxinc.com
 



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