Representative John Rogers announced a plan on Thursday morning that he says will save Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.
Rogers' plan involves downsizing the facility to 101 beds and selling the hospital to a healthcare authority for $1. Roger says he does not feel the hospital should be involved in the county's bankruptcy.
This comes after the Jefferson County Commission voted to end inpatient care at the hospital. Much of the blame over the hospital's woes falls on Commission President David Carrington.
"David Carrington is the devil, a blue-eye devil," said Rogers. "I hate to say that."
Representative Mary Moore was also present. She says a healthcare authority is necessary for the hospital to look at bills, hiring and expenses. She also remarked that she does not believe the hospital has been receiving all of the money it is due from the indigent care fund.
At the announcement, community activist Sheila Tyson stated that she is organizing a "Don't Buy" campaign for Cooper Green. She plans to have supporters not buy anything in Jefferson County on October 30.
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