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Funding for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program Announced
Date:8/7/2014

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) August 07, 2014

The Center for Health Affairs has been awarded $876,521 in hospital emergency preparedness funds through the Ohio Department of Health and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for responding to and preparing for public health emergencies for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

As was anticipated, this year’s funding amount is 34 percent less than funding in the previous year. Over the past 10 years, federal hospital emergency preparedness grant funding has decreased by more than 50 percent. A decline is expected to continue for the next two grant periods.

“Despite the decrease in hospital emergency preparedness funding, the ASPR grant will allow us to provide each of our member hospitals between $12,500 and $25,000 to help prepare their facilities for emergencies such as chemical spills, power outages, mass casualties, information system failures and terrorist events,” said Beth Gatlin, RN, MA-HSM, ASPR project director, The Center for Health Affairs. “Northeast Ohio is unique in that the majority of federal emergency preparedness funds received through ASPR flow directly to our member hospitals, as opposed to being retained by the state department of health.” '/>"/>

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