West Applauds House Passage Of Bill To Help Employees, Patients Affected By Affinity Medical Center's Announced Closure
Legislation would set conditions for closure of Massillon, Ohio hospital
January 31, 2018
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State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 462, his bill to create a set of conditions that Quorum Health Corporation must meet before they are allowed to permanently close Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Ohio.

“HB 462 holds healthcare providers responsible to the communities they serve. Over 1,000 jobs are on the line and thousands more patients are left feeling uncertain of what the future holds with the announced closing of Affinity Medical Center,” said Rep. West. “Our number one priority as legislators must be to protect the health, safety and welfare of our constituents, and I believe that HB 462 does exactly that. I hope this bill moves forward in the Senate and makes its way to the governor’s desk so that we will finally get some answers and ensure every avenue to save the medical center is explored before executives cast aside a cornerstone of the community that has served Stark County residents for over 100 years.”

HB 462 mandates that before any for-profit hospital in Stark County can close, its owner must prove financial hardship, at least three attempts to sell the hospital and that it has created a plan to transfer patients and employees to another nearby facility. It also requires a 120-day transition period between announcement and closure.

HB 462 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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