SCHA Secures HHS Grant to Help SC Hospitals
(Columbia, SC – April 14, 2020) The S.C. Hospital Association (SCHA) has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $700,000 to support hospitals battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will help hospitals purchase much-needed supplies for healthcare workers and prepare for an expected surge of COVID-19 patients in the weeks ahead.
The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help hospitals deal with declining funding and the increased demand created by the pandemic crisis.
“All hospitals licensed by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control will receive a portion of the funds to offset the increased cost of personal protective equipment for staff,” said SCHA President Thornton Kirby. “The bulk of funds will be concentrated in acute care hospitals that are likely to see the highest number of COVID-19 patients.”
SCHA has undertaken multiple efforts to help hospitals access critical medical supplies and expand care capacity in response to COVID-19. While up to 10 percent of grants can cover administrative costs, SCHA will retain only 4.2 percent, or $29,291, to cover costs related to federally required auditing.
South Carolina Hospital Association
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