News conference on Cooper Green today

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.