Affinity Medical Center closing: Community strikes deal that could bring medical services to city

MASSILLON, Ohio -- Massillon City Council held a special meeting to discuss a proposed agreement between the city and Quorum Health over plans to close Affinity Medical Center.

The company blames declining revenue and increased obligations to insurance companies among the reasons behind the decision to close.

Thursday night, an agreement was reached which council passed unanimously. Under the deal, Affinity will sell the hospital and all of the assets inside to the city for $1. The city will assume costs on some lease agreements. It's a package worth over $25 million, but also includes a lot of risk, say attorneys who ironed it all out.

For Affinity, management will continue to run the hospital until Feb. 11.  Employees will be paid until March 6.

The city, nurses, doctors and lawmakers have been fighting the closure.

The hospital employs over 1,000 people and has been in Massillon for well over 100 years.

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