Massillon (Ohio) Community Hospital has resolved a dispute with local officials over its proposed sale to a for-profit partnership of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, Cleveland.
The 179-bed hospital expects to complete the deal by the end of March.
Massillon city officials stalled the sale by refusing to waive a claim to the hospital's property dating from 1905 (Dec. 2, 1996, p. 33). But the city recently located documents that show the claim is no longer valid, the hospital said.
The hospital also made public some terms of its deal last week. City officials had complained that the hospital was concealing key provisions.
The hospital issued written responses to eight concerns expressed by city officials. They included assurances that the hospital would remain an acute-care facility; indigent-care policies would not change; and a $22 million community foundation would be established.
The hospital said the joint venture agreed to allow a Massillon resident to sit on the board that oversees its Canton, Ohio-based hospital partnership.