Jefferson County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday morning to end inpatient care and emergency room care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. The change will take effect Dec. 1.
Cooper Green supporters were upset with the decision and immediately began to protest as Commission President David Carrington read the resolution. A cry from the crowd stated, "Y'all is desperate for blood money!" as they showed displeasure.
74-year-old Maralyn Mosley from the Cooper Green Advisory Board was seen calling the commissioners "thieves" at the meeting. Her eyes welled with tears as she got emotional.
After the vote, protesters gathered outside of Commissioners Stephens' and Knight's office doors. The sang songs about keeping Cooper Green open while security and deputies stood by, before returning to the commission chamber.
Representative John Rogers says he will try to stop the closing of Cooper Green in the Legislature.
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