New West End Clinic Takes Health Care to the People, Jefferson County Commissioner Says

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Solomon Crenshaw Jr., BirminghamWatch

Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown

March 23, 2017 – Sandra Little Brown called Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting at Cahaba Medical Center “a crying moment.”

The District 7 Jefferson County Commission member said she had to defend herself against false claims that she had voted to end in-patient care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.

“We went through so much stress with the closing of in-patient care at Cooper Green,” Brown said during today’s commission meeting.

“Now the people can say, ‘They took lemons and made lemonade.’”

Brown said she has worked since in-patient care at Cooper Green ended to create a hub-and-spoke system to bring healthcare closer to where many people live.

“Send the healthcare to the people in the community,” she said. “You’ve got a headache? You don’t have to go to the emergency room. Walk down to the clinic.”

The new clinic at 1308 Tuscaloosa Avenue in West End is the first of three spokes in the healthcare wheel. Others are planned for Sandusky and Center Point.

“It’s not an easy process,” Brown said. “We have to partner with good healthcare providers, with a record of being good healthcare providers. We’re working with Alethea House and we’re working with Bessemer to put (another) one in Bessemer.”

Thursday’s 1 p.m. commission meeting lasted only 10 minutes, with commissioners passing 36 resolutions by unanimous consent. Among those were:

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