REGION 1 – Bridgeport Hospital recently received $3,818,190 in federal funds for emergency protective measures officials implemented to safeguard the health and safety of the public from COVID-19.

FEMA provided funds through a grant from its Public Assistance Program to the hospital based in Bridgeport via the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The grant reimbursed the non-profit hospital for eligible costs it submitted from Jan. 20 through Aug. 31, 2020. Many costs were incurred at the hospital’s Bridgeport campus; some at its Milford campus. Many were incurred by the hospital itself; some by Yale New Haven Health, which is part of the hospital system.

Reimbursement for treatment and care of COVID-19 patients included providing equipment for testing, renting stretchers and beds, developing in-hospital surge areas, adding 36 isolation rooms, buying and transporting medical equipment and supplies, disinfecting facilities and purchasing personal protective equipment for hospital workers. Other costs included setting up and staffing a command center, two temporary triage tents and two specimens-collection sites.

This is the third Public Assistance Program grant for costs of emergency work Bridgeport Hospital officials undertook during the first eight months of 2020 to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the three grants covered 100% of eligible costs the hospital submitted. One previous grant totaled $8,440,919: another $1,293,489.

“We and our valued partners at the State of Connecticut thank Bridgeport Hospital for its tremendous effort to save many lives during the difficult times early in this pandemic,” said Acting Region 1 Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations throughout New England. “FEMA has now reimbursed the hospital more than $13.5 million for its actions.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program reimburses eligible applicants for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a major disaster. Eligible applicants include certain private non-profit organizations, states, commonwealths, local governments, federally recognized Tribal governments and territories.

 As of June 25, FEMA’s Public Assistance Program obligated more than $73.1 million in 222 projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut. Additional information about the program is at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.

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