CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that $3,629,528 has been made available in federal disaster aid to Loyola University Medical Center for emergency protective measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This grant funding is part of the recovery efforts in response to the federal disaster declaration of March 26, 2020. In response to COVID-19, Loyola University Medical Center altered existing facilities to allow for proper distancing, purchased personal protective equipment, established screening areas, created COVID-19 testing locations and increased onsite cleaning to limit the virus’ spread.

“FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is an important resource for communities affected by COVID-19,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “This grant funding helped Loyola University Medical Center protect their healthcare workers and ensure critical services remained accessible and safe for patients in Illinois.”

The Public Assistance Program funding will be administered by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. FEMA provides a 75 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project. The total cost of the project is $4,839,371, with the remaining amount paid by Loyola University Medical Center.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for debris removal, disaster cleanup and emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.  To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at


FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

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