MASSILLON — Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry has called a special meeting of city council for next week to vote on legislation finalizing an agreement for medical services from Aultman Hospital.
The hospital has agreed to replace a slate of medical services formerly offered by Affinity Medical Center, which closed a year ago. The public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at the Massillon Government & Justice Center, 1 James Duncan Plaza SE.
Under the agreement, Aultman Health Foundation would make a capital investment of as much as $8 million and hire additional employees at the Aultman West site on Wales Road Northeast. Aultman intends to expand services to include a 10-bed emergency room with associated chest-pain center, telestroke program, observation unit, clinical support services and medical transportation.
The legislation was given first reading by city council on Tuesday.
Aultman is to pay the city $515,000 upon the closing of the agreement, in addition to sums on the three-, six- and nine-month anniversaries of the closing date, totaling $2.06 million. That amount aims to reimburse the city for costs associated with maintaining the Affinity campus.
Also Monday, Safety-Service Director Joel Smith said he is planning to ask the council for more money to continue maintaining Affinity, which includes paying utilities, building security, property maintenance and the salaries of two employees stationed at the former hospital. The specific amount sought by Smith was not available Thursday.
If the agreement with Aultman is approved next week, Smith said, the city will start to receive money; however, funds won’t immediately go into the working budget.
“The money goes into the bank and will have to be appropriated by council for a specific purpose,” he said.