Website goes online to outline future of Cooper Green

Changes are coming to Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. With it, criticism and misinformation has followed. A new website has now gone{}online to discuss the facts and future of Cooper Green as the model of healthcare changes.

Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos launched the website at As the site says, it's to help people understand the facts and the changes coming as a healthcare consultant helps create a new hospital plan.

The new model won't include in-patient care or an emergency room.

The website includes a commonly asked question section that discusses why the commission came to the decision and{}how jobs will be affected.

December 1 was the initial target date for the closure of in-patient care. The county manager says it will take longer to file the necessary paperwork with the state and reach agreements with hospitals to take the services.

UAB has already signed on to take over some existing services.