The man hired to help transition Cooper Green Mercy Hospital from an inpatient facility to an outpatient primary care operation answered some critical questions Monday.
Many of the supporters say the poor will suffer. But consultant Otis Story, a native of Anniston, says his main message to supporters is that no one will fall through the cracks. As to supporters accusations that people will be "dying in the streets," Story had this to say.
"Of course not. Once again we are talking about one of the greatest healthcare system in the country around Birmingham. You got Brookwood. You got UAB as the crown jewel as far as I'm concerned," he said.
The county has set aside $40 million dollars to provide the indigent with medical care and many supporters want to know if those dollars will follow indigents to other hospitals.
Story says it will be his goal also to provide a plan for those Cooper Green Hospital employees who are losing their jobs to be trained or provided assistance to find other jobs. Up to 250 workers could lose their jobs once the transition is complete.
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