States, territories, and large metropolitan areas will receive grants totaling $390.5 million this month to help hospitals and other health care organizations strengthen the medical surge capability across the nation.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will provide the funds through the Hospital Preparedness Program. The grants enhance community resilience by increasing the ability of hospitals and healthcare facilities to respond to the public health and medical impacts of any emergency, such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or acts of terrorism.
All states, territories and the metro areas of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County and Washington, D.C., will receive the 2010 Hospital Preparedness grants. The funds will be used by state and local governments to boost the readiness of hospitals and other healthcare facilities in their jurisdictions by finalizing development or improving:
* Interoperable communication systems
* Systems to track available hospital beds
* Advance registration of volunteer health professionals
* Processes for hospital evacuations or sheltering-in-place
* Processes for fatality management
* Strengthening health care partnerships at the community level
* Strengthen hospital participation in statewide and regional exercise programs.
The 2010 awards are as follows:
State/City/US Territory Total Funding FY 10
City of Chicago $3,874,144
District of Columbia $1,682,835
Los Angeles County $12,308,636
New Hampshire $2,060,815
New Jersey $10,856,284
New Mexico $2,820,161
New York $13,666,210
New York City $10,250,742
North Carolina $11,012,906
North Dakota $1,254,791
Puerto Rico $5,162,374
Rhode Island $1,767,281
South Carolina $5,629,437
South Dakota $1,428,159
West Virginia $2,658,572
Guam (US) $444,189
Virgin Islands (US) $379,165
Federated States of Micronesia $378,369
Northern Marianas Islands (US) $340,367
American Samoa (US) $318,662
Marshall Islands $316,983
Grand Total $390,500,000
The grant cycle aligns with the state fiscal year of July 1 – June 30.
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act requires accountability of the use of the Hospital Preparedness Program funds. These funds can be withheld from awardees if they fail to meet established state-level performance measures.
For more information on the Hospital Preparedness Program grants, go to: http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/planning/hpp/pages/default.aspx.