Cooper Green supporters want UAB to buy the medical center

Cooper Green supporters want UAB to buy the medical center

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Supporters of the old Cooper Green Mercy Hospital are calling for Jefferson County to get out of the healthcare business.

Birmingham legislative representatives John Rogers and Mary Moore joined others in calling for UAB to take over the medical facility for the poor. Rogers said UAB doctors can provide better medical care for the indigent if the facility returned to being a hospital and not an urgent care and primary care operation.

"Buy the hospital for $1...and charge other hospitals about three percent or a small fee to bring all the patients to come over here and have to be seen by UAB and staffed by UAB," Rogers said.

Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos said he has not heard of the proposal and he plans to continue to work to improve the medical care at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.

"The commission gave me the the duty to downsize Cooper Green Hospital which we did. It's now Cooper Green Mercy Health Services which continues to provide services to patients in Jefferson County," Petelos said.

Petelos tells FOX6 News he is still negotiating with St. Vincent's Hospital and Princeton Baptist Health System to provide medical care for the indigent who need overnight stays at a hospital. UAB has already agreed to provide the service.

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