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Massillon Council OKs a Deal for Affinity Hospital

Affinity Medical Center, Massillon, OH
Affinity Medical Center
Affinity Medical Center, Massillon, OH

Note:  This story was originally published before the vote by the Massillon City Council on the Affinity Hospital agreement.  It was subesquently updated to include the outcome of that vote.

Massillon City Council  met in special session Thursday night to approve a settlement in the dispute over Affinity Medical Center’sclosing.   By unanimous vote, it said yes to the deal.

Massillon City Council prepares to vote on legislation to accept the the Affinity settlement proposal
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Massillon City Council prepares to vote on legislation to accept the the Affinity settlement proposal

Lee Plakas is one of the attorneys representing Massillon in its effort to keep the city’s only hospital from shutting down for good this week.

He says Affinity’s owners have agreed to turn the hospital and related properties and equipment over to the city for $1.

From there, “options include having a municipally owned hospital. Another option would be a hospital owned by the employees. And now, with over $25 million in assets for only $1, this is an attractive opportunity with a joint venture with another hospital system. So that’s an option.”

Attorneys David Dingwell (left) and Lee Plakas
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Attorneys David Dingwell (left) and Lee Plakas

Plakas says while the city figures out its best option, Affinity will stop taking new patients immediately, and transition existing patients elsewhere by Feb. 11th.i

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Tim Rudell
Tim Rudell has worked in broadcasting and news since his student days at Kent State in the late 1960s and early 1970s (when he earned extra money as a stringer for UPI). He began full time in radio news in 1972 in his home town of Canton, OH.