Cooper Green Mercy Hospital Officially to Close Inpatient Services

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Yesterday, the Jefferson County Commission officially voted 3 to 2 to shutter inpatient care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., according to a Birmingham News report.

The decision forces Cooper Green to stop admitting inpatients, and the emergency room must be closed by Dec. 1. Sandral Hullett, MD, CEO of the county-owned Cooper Green, called the vote "devastating" and said she did not know where the city's indigent patients would go for care, according to the report.

Supporters of the 40-year-old hospital have been protesting the potential closure of inpatient services for weeks and previously delayed a decision on the hospital's future.

Jefferson County also asked the judge overseeing its bankruptcy filing to halt a related lawsuit from the city of Birmingham, according to a separate Birmingham News report. Birmingham sued the county to keep inpatient services open at Cooper Green. Currently, Jefferson County has more than $4.2 billion in debt, and it was the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

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