ENGLEWOOD — Dignitaries from Premier Health Good Samaritan Hospital and local city managers, mayors, and elected officials attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday for the new emergency center at Good Samaritan North Health Center.
The new 96,000 square foot facility officially opens on Monday, November 3 at 7 a.m. A ‘Community Open House’ and tour of the facility will be held Sunday, November 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The facility will be a full-service, 24-hour emergency care facility with 22 emergency beds staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians from Good Samaritan Hospital. A helicopter pad on the grounds will provide access to CareFlight when it transports trauma patients to the facility or to another trauma center best suited to handle specific treatment cases.
State Representative Jeff Rezabek (43rd District), read an accommodation from the Ohio House of Representatives, specifically from Rezabek and State Rep. Mike Henne (40th District) recognizing the service and care the new facility will provide to the local area.
President and CEO of Premier Health, Jim Pancoast, presented proclamations from the Ohio Senate on behalf of Bill Beagle (District 5) and Senator Keith Faber (District 12) as well as a proclamation by Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor.
“It’s good to keep in mind the original people who fought hard to get this facility built back in 1995,” Pancoast said. “And I think they would be proud to know that it now incorporates an emergency room which will serve the communities.”
Pancoast spent eight years Good Samaritan Hospital before moving to Premier Systems Support and related how unique Samaritan North is to the Northmont community.
“I tell people all the time, I never saw a facility as much as this one where you got the feeling that the community felt they owned this facility and we happened to run it for them,” he said.
During her speech, Englewood Mayor Patricia Burnside said, “When I think of the word premier I think of the opening performance of a Broadway show or at the Schuster Center, and I’ve heard that performers will tell each other to break a leg on opening night. At the premier of this Good Samaritan North Emergency Center, the medical staff are going to tell each other to heal that leg, stabilize that heart patient, or care for that accident victim. Also at the premier of a Broadway show the performers are hoping for a long run. At this premier today, we know there will be a long run of years because this facility is needed so very much in Northwest Montgomery County. Not only will it serve the residents of Englewood, Clayton and Union, but also Brookville, Vandalia, Huber Heights, Trotwood and parts of surrounding counties as well as travelers on Interstate 70 needing medical assistance. As the curtain goes up on the premier of this Good Samaritan North Emergency Center, I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone involved with the vision, planning and building of this state of the art facility. The City of Englewood has always been very glad to be the home of Good Sam North, as we call it, and we are extremely pleased with this new addition.”
Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering also shared similar sentiments about the new emergency center.
“Thank you for inviting me to share this celebration with you today. It’s a very great pleasure for me, as mayor, to extend to you, the appreciation of the citizens of Clayton for this new emergency center,” Deitering said. “I continue my previous offer, that if there is anything that we can do to make your efforts more fruitful, or easily accomplished, we will happily oblige. It bears repeating that to be host to such a facility is an honor of which any community might well be proud. Samaritan North has been a good neighbor and regional partner. You have provided our region with health care services of the highest standard right here in our backyard. This ribbon cutting for the new emergency center provides us with an opportunity to extend our warmest congratulations to the Good Samaritan North organization and staff on your impressive accomplishments. On behalf of the City of Clayton, I extend best wishes to you for the success of your emergency center and for the wonderful work you plan in the future. And may I offer you my absolute support and cooperation as you complete this most important project. You have become a solid part of the foundation of the community.”
After the ribbon cutting, those attending had the opportunity to get an up close view of a CareFlight helicopter landed at the site and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres inside a canopy tent set up for the ceremony.