DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Kettering Health Network is set to announce plans Tuesday to invest $25 million to expand Grandview Medical Center on Dayton's west side.
The news comes after Premier Health Network announced that they will close good Samaritan hospital nearby by the end of 2018.
The good Samaritan closure has been controversy all since it was announced, with neighbors and community leaders worried about access to care and response times.
Grandview is the next closest emergency department, and it's about to double, Kettering officials said, to fill the need.
"In the inner-city we have so many seniors that are in that area that need that care," said Gary Searcy, who lives near Good Samaritan.
Premier said it would move beds and jobs to other locations and expand service at Miami Valley Hospital, but Monday Kettering Health Network said anticipating a need, they plan to invest $25 million just a short distance from Good Samaritan.
"We have a ton of people in the inner city, why neglect us, you know when something happens in emergency, the minutes count," Searcy said.
"Distance matters, distance to health facilities and healthcare matter," said Derrick Foward, president of the Dayton unit NAACP.
Foward spoke out in January against the Good Samaritan closure. He says Kettering is showing leadership by expanding to fill the need.
"You're talking about healthcare services, you're talking about something that's a very vital to mankind and peoples livability," Foward said.
A Kettering Health Network spokeswoman said the Grandview expansion will also add around 100 jobs.
The formal expansion announcement is expected to be made by officials at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.