Forum focuses on answers about Cooper Green | News
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC)- Money problems and budget cuts are putting a big cloud over the future of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. The big question is 'Will the hospital close?'
Patients, employees and supporters are demanding answers so they held a "Save Cooper Green" forum on Thursday night.
The hospital's CEO says there will be changes, but would not say if it involved a shut down.
Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman says he is committed to saving the hospital for the poor. He says it needs to be placed under a healthcare authority, not under county control.
"This is a baby you can't cut in half. They're trying to slice... It's a full fledge hospital, run well. (We) want to keep it that way," said Bowman.
"Yeah, a little scared what the future holds, depending on sympathy of mankind to survive," said patient Phillip Chambers.
Commissioner George Bowman says the hospital can operate on its indigent care funds and the county can afford to pay the hospital's past due bills. He adds that county leaders are still considering whether the hospital will remain open or become a smaller clinic.
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