Milford MA Regional Medical Center receives FEMA funding for COVID response

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MILFORD – Milford Regional Medical Center will receive nearly $1.6 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement for COVID-19 response measures taken early in the pandemic.

The $1,577,919 grant will reimburse the medical center for “incremental costs associated with safely operating and managing increased patient volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic,” FEMA said in a statement. press last week.

The grant, provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, covers a variety of response measures Milford Regional took between January and June 2020.

These steps include purchasing personal protective equipment and testing for frontline healthcare workers; construction of a temporary facility and necessary equipment for triage and assessment of COVID-19 patients; and disseminating health and safety information to staff and the public, according to the press release.

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“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Milford Regional Medical Center with these costs,” FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich said in a statement. “Providing resources to our partners on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic is critical to their success and our success as a nation.

The agency’s public assistance program provides grants to state and local governments, as well as some private nonprofit organizations to help them quickly respond to and overcome disasters or major emergencies, according to the site. FEMA website.

So far, FEMA has committed more than $866 million in public assistance grants to Massachusetts to help cover pandemic-related expenses, according to a FEMA webpage covering Massachusetts’ pandemic response. .

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Additionally, UMass Memorial Health Care received $3,629,438.70 in public assistance funding, which will cover facilities such as Marlborough Hospital, according to Dennis Pinkham, a FEMA spokesperson.

The funding will be used for emergency protective measures including COVID-19 testing, expanded medical care and the purchase of PPE, cleaning supplies and medical equipment.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Emerson Hospital in Concord each have projects in development that could result in FEMA funding, though neither has received public assistance grants yet, according to Pinkham.

Abby Patkin is a multimedia reporter at the Daily News. Follow Abby on Twitter @AMPatkin. She can be reached at [email protected]

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