Pending a review, 229-bed Womans Hospital, Baton Rouge, La., might have to return about $1.1 million it received in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding after Hurricane Katrina. After the 2005 storm, the not-for-profit hospital helped evacuate and treat critically ill infants and pregnant women from other hospitals in the area. It applied to FEMA for extraordinary eligible expenses to cover the costs and received $1.1 million last July, said Jodi Conachen, a hospital spokeswoman. A FEMA spokesman couldnt speak specifically about the Womans Hospital review, but he said the agency may seek the return of funding if the work involved was ineligible for reimbursement or represented a duplication of benefits. The spokesman said he expects to know more about FEMAs review in about two to three weeks. The hospital defended its work and said that if it hadnt stepped in to help the patients, the state or federal government would have had to bear the burden. -- by Jessica Zigmond
La. hospital may lose FEMA money
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