Cooper Green Hospital http://apr.org en Cooper Green Beds May be Sold to Gadsden Hospital http://apr.org/post/cooper-green-beds-may-be-sold-gadsden-hospital <P>Jefferson County is taking another step in the ongoing process of ending inpatient care at Cooper Green Mercy Health Service.</P> <DIV> <P>WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/YzzRU4) that Jefferson County commissioners are scheduled to vote Thursday on a plan to sell eight psychiatric beds to Gadsden Regional Medical Center.</P> <P>The county commission earlier decided to quit admitting patients to the Birmingham hospital because of the cost to taxpayers in Jefferson County, which is both bankrupt because of its sewer debt and struggling to balance its main operating budget.</P> <P>The commi Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:15:04 +0000 The Associated Press 25715 at http://apr.org Cooper Green Beds May be Sold to Gadsden Hospital Hospital CEO Vows to Fight Employment Decision http://apr.org/post/hospital-ceo-vows-fight-employment-decision <P>The chief executive officer of a Birmingham hospital vows to fight a decision to place her on administrative leave.</P> <DIV> <P>Cooper Green Mercy Hospital CEO Sandral Hullet was placed on administrative leave as the county hospital ends in-patient care for the poor and uninsured.</P> <P>The hospital, operated by Jefferson County, announced the layoffs of 200 workers earlier this month.</P> <P>Hullet's lawyer, U.W. Clemon, tells WBRC-TV (http://bit.ly/V6VUSf) that she should not have been placed on administrative leave. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:13:17 +0000 The Associated Press 22473 at http://apr.org Hospital CEO Vows to Fight Employment Decision Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open http://apr.org/post/birmingham-loses-fight-keep-hospital-open The City of Birmingham has lost the court fight to keep the Cooper Green Mercy hospital open for the poor. The city was unable to force Jefferson County in the latest round in court Wednesday to keep hospital open and operating as usual. Lawsuits against the county are effectively frozen in place until the county emerges from bankruptcy under Chapter 9. The city asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett to lift a stay so the city could sue the county in state court. The county commission voted in August to close the inpatient unit and emergency room at the county owned hospital. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:14:03 +0000 The Associated Press 19425 at http://apr.org Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open Jefferson County's Money Woes To Close Hospital http://apr.org/post/jefferson-countys-money-woes-close-hospital Financially troubled Jefferson County plans to quit admitting patients to its hospital for the poor. The County Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to end inpatient care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. The county also asked a bankruptcy court judge to stop a lawsuit by the city of Birmingham that seeks to keep the hospital operating. The county filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in November, citing more than $4 billion in debt. It was the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. Commissioners said the county could no longer afford to underwrite the hospital. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:20:51 +0000 The Associated Press 16990 at http://apr.org Jefferson County's Money Woes To Close Hospital Broke Ala. County Delays Decision On Indigent Care http://apr.org/post/broke-ala-county-delays-decision-indigent-care Commissioners in bankrupt Jefferson County have delayed a decision on whether to close its charity hospital serving the poor. Commission President David Carrington recessed a meeting indefinitely Tuesday after chaos erupted in the packed commission chamber. Demonstrators yelling and singing civil rights protest songs prevented members from discussing the future of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. The hospital is costing the county millions of dollars annually, and supporters of the shutdown say the county can't afford it. Some commissioners oppose the move, and protesters disrupted the Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:33:33 +0000 Associated Press 16257 at http://apr.org Broke Ala. County Delays Decision On Indigent Care Bankrupt Ala. County Considers Hospital Shutdown http://apr.org/post/bankrupt-ala-county-considers-hospital-shutdown Leaders in bankrupt Jefferson County are nearing a decision on whether to quit admitting patients to the county's charity hospital as a cost-saving move. The Jefferson County Commission will vote next Tuesday on whether to cease in-patient care at Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham. The hospital would continue seeing patients at its emergency room, but it would quit admitting patients. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:02:04 +0000 Associated Press 15833 at http://apr.org Bankrupt Ala. County Considers Hospital Shutdown