Jefferson Co. Commission voting to sell county nursing home

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission will vote whether or not to sell the county owned nursing home next week.

The Jefferson County Rehabilitation and Health Center is costing the county millions of dollars to operate, and commissioners are expected to authorize commission president David Carrington to finalize the deal.

Nolan Healthcare Services has offered to buy the facility for $9.5 million.

"The county home is losing a material amount of money," Carrington said. "It's not a mandate of county government to run a home. There are plenty of alternatives to county home."

Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman is the only commissioner who opposes the sale.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the North Birmingham Library, Bowman will discuss a proposal to keep the nursing home and create a healthcare authority to run it and Cooper Greene Mercy Hospital.

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