Demopolis City Council Gives Hospital Reprieve

Demopolis, Ala The Demopolis City Council has voted to come up with the funding to keep the local hospital's labor and delivery department operational for another 60 days, according to the Demopolis Times. Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital CEO Mike Marshall says the hospital board voted last month to close labor and delivery due to drastic cuts in state and federal funding. After hospital officials announced the closure earlier this month, area residents and the City of Demopolis as well as Marengo County officials protested the move. Marshall says the City and County had until close of business Friday to come up with two more months of operating expenses for the labor and delivery unit. That would allow a task force to look for long-term solutions to keeping the department open. Thursday night the Demopolis City Council and Marengo County Commission met together to discuss the funding. However, only the City Council voted to put up the $68,000 needed to prevent the unit from closing. The County Commissioners voted down two separate motions to split the cost evenly.