Alabama County Votes to End Cooper Green Mercy Hospital's Inpatient Care

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Earlier this week, a Jefferson County committee voted 3 to 2 to close inpatient care and perhaps all of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., within the next 30 days, according to a Birmingham News report.

Cooper Green, a safety-net hospital, has been in dire straights within the past year as it sits within the bankrupt Jefferson County. The hospital laid off 89 employees earlier this year to save $4.4 million.

Sandral Hullett, MD, CEO of Cooper Green, said in the report she was disappointed the county voted to close inpatient services, especially as the hospital was making more cost-saving maneuvers. "We are making changes and improving efficiency of operations," she said, according to the report. "The reason why we are being efficient is because we know that there is a need for what we do."

The committee will make a final vote next week.

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