Jefferson Co. Commissioners delay vote on Cooper Green


A vote was expected today by Jefferson County Commissioners on the future of inpatient care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, but that vote has been delayed indefinitely. This morning, protesters could be found singing and chanting inside the commission chambers.{}Commissioner Jimmie Stephens offered an amendment to the resolution - not only to close inpatient care, but to shut down the emergency room. Other commissioners said that has not been discussed in committee - and asked that the vote be delayed.Bowman and Brown both spoke this morning in favor of keeping Cooper Green open, but Commissioner Knight suggested closing the inpatient care and emergency room and opening a 24 hour care clinic. At that point,{}the crowd quickly got out of hand - they were yelling back at commissioners and the security officers who were trying to keep everyone calm.The outcry was so intense, Commission President David Carrington called for a recess.{}When they came back, the commission finished their agenda and delayed the vote on Cooper Green. A notice will be given to the media 24 hours before the next meeting.