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News conference on Cooper Green today

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A news conference on the former Cooper Green Mercy Hospital is scheduled for this morning at 9:30AM.    Alabama State Representatives John Rogers and Mary Moore will hold that news conference outside of the facility.  According to a release, they will discuss developments concerning the closure of inpatient service and what they call a "lack of transparency by the Jefferson County Commission during the process."

Rogers, Moore and others wanting to keep the facility opened as a hospital have had these same discussions for months now.  Last week, Rogers said the County illegally laid off 210 Cooper Green employees as it prepared to transition to urgent care.  He said the issue would go to court.

Cooper Green Mercy shut down on December 31, 2012 and is now an Urgent Care Center.  The first patient arrived just a half-hour after the Cooper Green re-opened as such on Tuesday.


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