HHS said it will issue $390.5 million in Hospital Preparedness and Emergency Response grants to states, U.S. territories and large metropolitan areas. The grants will help hospitals and other healthcare organizations improve their medical surge capacities during natural disasters, disease outbreaks or a terrorist attack. The agency singled out Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington as regions that will receive separate funding in an effort to ensure that the large cities have appropriate resources to provide medical services during catastrophes. California, which was appropriated nearly $32 million, received the largest grant. Los Angeles received $12.3 million; New York $10.2 million; Chicago $3.9 million; and Washington $1.7 million in dedicated funding.
Late News: HHS awards preparedness grants to four U.S. cities
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