Some Jefferson County Commissioners are raising questions about the legality of Cooper Green Hospital's operations. Today in his committee, Commissioner George Bowman asked pointed questions if the facility is operating according to law.
"We need to review all of this. I don't know that every "i" has been dotted and every "t"has been crossed," Bowman said.
Jefferson County surrendered its license to operate a hospital to the state on January 1. Bowman says a letter sent from the Alabama Public Health Department to Jefferson County Representative John Rogers and Representative Mary Moore says the new urgent care facility must have a business license from the city of Birmingham.
However, Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos says that is not the case.
"We have been working with the state health officer in order to operate a hospital. You have a CON. You have to have a license to operate as a hospital. An urgent care facility, you have to have licensed medical doctors," Petelos said.
Petelos says the county runs Cooper Green and it's not a private business, so there is no need for a license.
Still, Commission President David Carrington says the county has to do a better job of informing patients to keep their appointments at Cooper Green.
"All of us around here can do a better job. Cooper Green is open. We have appointments. We have doctors and I would encourage them to continue to keep their appointments," Carrington said.
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