156-bed Ohio hospital to close Feb. 11

Affinity Medical Center, a 156-bed hospital in Massillon, Ohio, will close Feb. 11.

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health owns the hospital, and the company announced in early January it planned to close Affinity Medical Center Feb. 4 due to financial troubles. Quorum suspended wind-down efforts at the hospital in late January after Stark County (Ohio) Common Pleas Judge Chryssa Hartnett issued a temporary restraining order sought by physicians and city officials.

Under an agreement reached last week between Quorum and the city of Massillon, Affinity Medical Center will close Feb. 11. Quorum will transfer ownership of the hospital to the city after the facility closes.

"We are extremely grateful to our dedicated team of employees, nurses, physicians, volunteers and board members for their tireless service to our patients and their families," Affinity Medical Center said in a statement. "Most of all, we are grateful to our community — our neighbors and friends — for allowing us to serve as your trusted healthcare resource for more than 100 years."

An Ohio Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice dated Jan. 5 indicated 692 of the hospital's employees would be laid off by March 7. The closure will also result in 116 workers at Massillon-based Doctors Hospital Physician Services, which provides services at Affinity Medical Center, losing their jobs, according to a separate WARN notice.

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