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Healthcare remains of utmost importance in the greater Massillon area. Stark County is home to a monumental amount of healthcare facilities, ranging from visiting nurse services and nationally accredited hospitals to health insurance companies and stat care facilities. Whether it’s welcoming a newborn into the world, mending a skinned knee, finding affordable health insurance or attending a free lecture, Massillon residents have numerous outlets from which to choose to suit their distinctive healthcare needs.

Massillon’s history of healthcare service began in 1904 when land was donated in a residential area within walking distance of downtown to build Massillon City Hospital, which opened in 1910 with only 25 beds and six medical staff members. In 1978, the name was changed to Massillon Community Hospital, ushering in the unprecedented growth of the 21st-century. Unique to this medical campus are its sleep lab; wound healing center; and senior health, rehabilitation, mammography, chemical dependency and psychiatry services.

Affinity Medical Center was formed by a venture between two facilities: Doctors Hospital of Stark County and Massillon Community Hospital. The two hospitals became one organization in February of 2006 and all services were consolidated to the Massillon facility on September 4, 2008.

For over 140 years combined, the hospital has built a tradition of medical excellence in the local community. From the comprehensive inpatient programs, state-of-the-art Heart Center and trauma-certified emergency department, to the compassionate ambulatory care clinic, BirthCare Center, pain management and wound care services, inpatient rehabilitation unit and more—the caring staff at Affinity Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to meet the needs of the patients it serves. In addition, the hospital proudly continues to function as a teaching facility in collaboration with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine training medical students.

Affinity Medical Center is governed by a local Board of Trustees comprised of physicians and members of the community. Dedicated to providing community education and outreach, the hospital provides health screenings, support groups, health lectures, Healthy Woman program and more – all focused on improving the communities overall health.

In addition to Affinity Medical Center, there are two hospitals in nearby Canton. Aultman Health Foundation features a Level II Trauma Center, a Breast Care Center, the Aultman Birth Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Aultman Heart Center. A Catholic-based organization, Mercy Medical Center is a member of the University Hospital’s Health System and maintains America’s first accredited Emergency Chest Pain Center, a National Cancer Institute and statcare centers throughout the Stark County area. SR 21 offers access to Akron Children’s Hospital, while an hour’s drive to Cleveland provides use of University Hospitals, a network of 150 units in association with Case Western Reserve University.

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