ENGLEWOOD — On Saturday, September 19, nearly 400 people gathered at Good Samaritan North Health Center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the facility and for the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s Community of Caring Gala to celebrate the opening of the Good Samaritan Hospital North Emergency Center.
Co-Chairs Dr. Michael Barrow and his wife Sandra Barrow and Englewood Fire Chief Elmer “Buddy” Bergman and his wife Jean Bergman, helped to create a magical evening and raise awareness of the new community service.
Part of a four-story, 96,000 square feet addition to the existing building, the new 22-bed emergency center will begin to care for patients November 3.
The emergency center will be a full-service, 24-hour emergency center accepting all patients with minor to severe injuries and conditions and will offer the same physicians and equipment as a standard hospital emergency department.
The official ribbon cutting for the new facility is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, October 26 and a Community Open House is planned for Sunday, November 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.
For Chief Bergman, the addition of the emergency room is a welcome development that is taking place on land that once belonged to his family.
His grandparents Jacob and Catherine Bergman farmed the land where Samaritan North now stands. His grandparents farmed all the land from the adjacent Stillwater River all the way up the hill on the opposite side of State Route 48 in the Cedar Knolls subdivision. The Bergmans had a turkey farm. Bergman grew up on a turkey farm directly across from the Englewood Government Center on West National Road, a site that now is occupied by Kmart and the Country Square Shopping Plaza.
His parents Elmer and Caroline Bergman sold the land just north of Samaritan North where Meijer is now located and his aunt Mary F. Bergman was the last person along Heathcliff Road to sell her property in the 2000s to Samaritan North for its planned expansion.
Bergman was born in Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton in 1954 and grew up in the Northmont community, where he has lived his entire life.
“I want to thank Premier Health and Good Samaritan Hospital for this emergency room,” Bergman said. “This is something we’ve dreamed about for years and years.”
Bergman pointed out that the new facility would benefit the community in more ways than one. In addition to area residents coming to the facility for doctor visits, it will benefit area fire department rescue squads.
“It will reduce our response time to the hospital by at least five to ten minutes on every call,” Bergman noted. “I did some quick number crunching and we will actually save 8,000 minutes, about 133 hours per year, just for our squad alone. So that is that much less time that we are running hell bent with lights and sirens blaring to another facility. That gives us that much time to go back into the community to serve our residents if the need arises.”
It frees up personnel to respond to fires and to staff the fire stations, which equates to a big benefit for the Englewood Fire Department.
Bergman went through Good Samaritan Hospital’s paramedic training class, one of the largest training programs in the state. Most of the paramedics in his age group went through the same program.
“Back in those days it cost us $40 to take the class. Today it costs between $4,000 and $8,000,” Bergman said. “We received very good training by the hospital.”
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