vThe Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $7,625,122 to Henry Ford Health to cover expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-12th District), who recently made the announcement, said Henry Ford Health has been instrumental in providing care in Southeast Michigan throughout the pandemic.
“From the emergency response to COVID-19 to enabling people to meet their routine healthcare needs, their work has helped keep our communities safe and healthy throughout this crisis,” Dingell said. “This funding will cover much of the costs they incurred in the early months of the pandemic and allow them to continue the services that so many people rely on.”
Dr. Adnan Munkarah, executive vice president and clinical director of Henry Ford Health, said the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to health care systems across the country, with far-reaching effects that they still see today.
“At Henry Ford Health, we have worked tirelessly to address critical supply shortages and workforce challenges, develop tests and vaccines, and expand virtual care to keep staff safe and patients,” Munkarah said.
“These resources will help support the vital work our incredible staff have done and are doing, underscoring our responsibility and commitment to keeping our communities healthy. We are deeply grateful for Congresswoman Dingell’s continued support and commitment to ensuring the people of Michigan have access to quality health care.
The funding covers expenses related to the provision of medical care and transportation for the management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety.
It also provides an emergency operations center for the State of Michigan by operating an incident command center for employees who organize, plan, disseminate information to the public to provide warnings and guidance; security, law enforcement, barricades and patrols.
It also helps fund technical assistance on emergency management and training; medical material; personal protective equipment for medical personnel, including but not limited to N95 respirators, surgical masks, medical gowns, gloves, coveralls and face shields; diagnosis and treatment of the disease; outpatient services, transportation of medical supplies and equipment.
The grant covers the period from May 1, 2022 to August 31, 2020.
Earlier this year, Dingell announced that Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital received $900,000 from the Omnibus Credits Program to improve facilities and expand telehealth services.
The primary hospital for the health system is Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, but it has a downstream presence with Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and Henry Ford Health Center – Brownstown. Additionally, it operates medical centers in Dearborn and many other locations.
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