MASSILLON -- "Patients over profits."

Over and over they chanted the phrase.

Families and nurses shared testimonies of times when the staff of Affinity Medical Center stepped up and provided excellent care to them or loved ones. Nurses at Affinity Medical Center, patients and supporters rallied outside the hospital's main entrance Tuesday morning to discuss the devastating effects the hospital's closure would have on the community and those who need care.

"We are sending a clear message out here to Quorum Health Corporation," Michelle Mahon, a union representative for National Nurses United. "This hospital can succeed, and we know it."

They were joined by expected gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, candidate for Ohio's 7th Congressional District Ken Harbaugh and others. Kucinich said he has been down this road before with other cities. He talked about getting a restraining order through the courts to block the closing and potentially using eminent domain to take control of the property.

"I'm here today to explain to you a path Massillon can use to keep this hospital open," the former Cleveland mayor said.

National Nurses United (NNU) and their affiliate National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio represent more than 250 nurses at Affinity. NNU has pledged to work with the nurses of Affinity to oppose the closure.

Quorum Health Corporation, Affinity's parent company, announced last week it will be closing Feb. 4 with less than a month's notice.

Other speakers stressed safety and patient needs.

Kreg and Tracy Lee credit Affinity Medical Center for saving the life of their eight-year-old son.

The parents did not know their son was allergic to bees and didn't think much of it when he was stung while out on a camping trip. When welts formed on his body and his feet began to swell, they rushed him to Affinity Medical Center. Kreg Lee said a nurse working in the emergency room dropped what she was doing to rush his son in to get help.

Lee referred to the nurse as his “guardian angel” and couldn’t bear to think of what could have happened had there not been a hospital close by.

Ken Harbaugh, a Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 7th Congressional District, also spoke at the rally. He is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville.

Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry said the hospital's timeline was ridiculous and criticized Quorum for emphasizing profit over community need.

"They have thrown our city into chaos and panic," she said.

She said she asked Quorum to extended the closing deadline but that request was denied.

As the rally comes to a close, one person begins a chant.

"Patient over profits," he yelled.