MASSILLON — Big changes are in the works at Aultman West as the facility gears up for an upcoming expansion of medical services.

An ongoing interior remodeling project is forcing Aultman West, 2021 Wales Road NE, to relocate its immediate care service — for treatment of injuries and illnesses that aren’t life-threatening — on June 1 into a medical office about a quarter of a mile north to 2606 Wales Ave. NW, Suite 300, in Jackson Township.

Immediate care is scheduled to close May 29 at the company’s Massillon location in preparation for the move, according to Anne Gunther, chief nursing executive of the Aultman Health Foundation.

“We’re converting the space into our new Emergency Room Department, so we need to move immediate care to another location,” said Gunther, noting that eye and ear infections, sore throats and upper respiratory conditions are examples of immediate medical matters.

Aultman is not certain whether the relocation of immediate care will be permanent or be more of a short-term situation.

“It will be at least through the end of 2019, Gunther said. “Or until we determine if there’s a better location.”

Massillon Family Care and Premier Women’s Care are medical practices already in the building on Wales Avenue NW, which is owned by Aultman.

Aultman is moving forward with an $8 million expansion project to bring a 12-bed, 24-hour emergency room, heart and stroke center, and expanded image and laboratory services to Aultman West in October. There will be potential for 16 beds in the new emergency room.

Work started in April to upgrade part of the immediate care center to a free-standing emergency room, said Gunther, adding that walls were torn down and space is currently being reconfigured.