Jefferson County officials announced Monday that Cooper Green Mercy Hospital will officially transition to an urgent care and outpatient care center.
In a letter to the public, County Manager Tony Petelos says that the county will voluntarily surrender their acute care hospital license at the end of the day Tuesday, Dec. 31.
The next day, Jan. 1, Cooper Green will open as an urgent care center. It will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight. All outpatient services will continue as they do currently.
This change in structure will reduce the workforce by roughly 200 positions. Petelos says in his letter that these changes are necessary due in part to he declining population of acute care patients.
The hospital is currently licensed to operate 319 beds. It currently operates 103 beds but Petelos says that on average, there are about 40 acute care patients at the hospital per day.
Officials say that residents with appointments at an outpatient clinic do not need to make any changes. To reschedule such an appointment, residents should call 205-930-3350.
The county has created a website, CooperGreenFuture.com, to provide additional information and resource about the transition.
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