The decision by Jefferson County to convert Cooper Green Mercy Hospital into an outpatient facility only, thus changing the way indigent patients are given medical treatment, has been met with fiery opposition among advocates for the poor. The issue brought activist Al Sharpton to Birmingham, who held a rally against the change at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Immediately thereafter, State Representative John Rogers characterized the rally as a turning point. Here’s what he told Weld:
The state representative feels that public agitation on behalf of Cooper Green "has turned a corner."