Update: In-patient services at Cooper Green will close at end of - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Update: In-patient services at Cooper Green will close at end of year

Posted: Updated:
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • JeffCo selling Cooper Green Hospital beds

    JeffCo selling Cooper Green Hospital beds

    Monday, December 10 2012 7:17 PM EST2012-12-11 00:17:28 GMT
    Six Cooper Green Hospital bed licenses were sold to Baptist Health System. They will help Princeton Hospital meet its growing demand for geriatric psychiatric services. Baptist Health System agreed toMore >>
    Six Cooper Green Hospital bed licenses were sold to Baptist Health System. They will help Princeton Hospital meet its growing demand for geriatric psychiatric services.More >>
BIRMINGHAM - AL -

Update:
The 200 positions that will be cut have been identified. Some are filled, others are vacant. Employees will be notified within the next two weeks. Whether or not these hospital employees can be reassigned to a position within the urgent care clinic is up to the personnel board.

----------

Hundreds of hospital jobs will be cut and Cooper Green patients will have to receive in-patient and ER treatment elsewhere after December 31. That's the county will hand in its acute care license.

But patients should make and keep all appointments. All current services and the emergency room are there until the January 1.

But some hospital supporters are still uncertain about it.

The sale of several Cooper Green Mercy Hospital beds Monday was characterized by one commissioner as a fire sale.

"If you start to sell beds and hospital assets- what comes next?," said Commissioner George Bowman.

His question was answered with a new hospital plan just minutes later.

"Today, we do more outpatient surgical procedures," explained healthcare consultant Otis Story. "Twenty years ago that didn't happen. Things are changing."

Story was hired by the county to develop a new model for Cooper Green.

Monday afternoon, he discussed his findings saying the hospital only uses 103 of its 319 licensed beds. Of those, less than half are occupied on the average day. Yet, 450 employees are on staff. He says the ratio of employees to occupied beds is double the industry average.

As a result, the county CFO says the hospital has drained an extra 10 million dollars in 2010 and 17 million in 2011.

Story says the Affordable Healthcare Act that goes in affect in January will only make matters worse as acute care centers lose more federal dollars. That's why the ER will become an urgent care center and eventually clinics will open around the community.

"The current model is unsustainable. It's broken," said Commission President David Carrington.

But not everyone sees it that way.

"I agree we can get more efficient, more effective. But the current model has worked for 40 years," said Bowman.

At this point, there's no going back. Patients will receive letters with more details about where to go for in-patient care.

Agreements have been reached with local hospitals. but details on that and on the 200 jobs that will be cut are vague leaving supporters just as confused and angry.

"I understand that Jefferson County is in such a hurry to close Cooper Green, it would jeopardize the entire program," said Philmen Hill, a hospital supporter.

Town hall meetings will now be held to give patients and other people in the community a better understanding of the changes ahead.

 

  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Clean out your cabinets for Drug Take-Back Day

    Clean out your cabinets for Drug Take-Back Day

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:38 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:38:07 GMT
    Do you have a drawer or cabinet of medicines? Are any of them out of date? Now is the time to check because you can safely dispose of the medications at the Etowah County Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It is part of a nationwide effort. The event will be Saturday, September 27. A take-back station will be set up at the East Gadsden Walmart from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.A law enforcement officer will remain with the drug disposal box at all times, and the drugs that are turned in will be tr...More >>
    Do you have a drawer or cabinet of medicines? Are any of them out of date? Now is the time to check because you can safely dispose of the medications at the Etowah County Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It is part of a nationwide effort. The event will be Saturday, September 27. A take-back station will be set up at the East Gadsden Walmart from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.A law enforcement officer will remain with the drug disposal box at all times, and the drugs that are turned in will be tr...More >>
  • Arrest made in large level extortion scheme

    Arrest made in large level extortion scheme

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:45:16 GMT
    "Everett Leon Stout, 72 and Miriam Clair Schultz, 67 are charged with 14 counts of extortion.More >>
    "Everett Leon Stout, 72 and Miriam Clair Schultz, 67 are charged with 14 counts of extortion.More >>
  • Gadsden police recover more than 300 stolen items; felony charges against suspected fence

    Gadsden police recover more than 300 stolen items; felony charges against suspected fence

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:22:34 GMT
    Joe Walker Pearl (Photo: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)Joe Walker Pearl (Photo: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)
    Police in Gadsden are trying to return hundreds of stolen items to their rightful owners. Captain Paul Cody said officers bust a large fencing operation this week. Joe Pearl, 75, is the suspect in the case. It took a long time to sort through and document a very wide range of stolen property. "We've collected a lot of stuff," Cody said. "Toilet paper. We have non-firearms related weapons, we have karaoke machines, musical instruments, car stereos, underwear."More >>
    Police in Gadsden are trying to return hundreds of stolen items to their rightful owners. Captain Paul Cody said officers bust a large fencing operation this week. Joe Pearl, 75, is the suspect in the case. It took a long time to sort through and document a very wide range of stolen property. "We've collected a lot of stuff," Cody said. "Toilet paper. We have non-firearms related weapons, we have karaoke machines, musical instruments, car stereos, underwear."More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...