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The grants were awarded to 80
“We cannot predict the occurrence of emergencies, but we must be prepared for them,” said New Jersey Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. “Because of our location, population density, and potential terrorist targets, New Jersey must continue to be at the forefront of preparedness nationally. These grants are critical for enhancing healthcare facility readiness.”
“As New Jersey continues to prepare for all public health emergencies, including terrorism, it is important that our health care facilities are prepared to both prevent and treat disease outbreaks as well as protecting health care professionals who work at these facilities,” said DHSS Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. “This funding builds on the current strength of our health care systems which provides dedicated service throughout the state.”
The grants were made available through a state appropriation in New Jersey’s FY 2005 budget. Acute care hospitals and FQHCs were eligible to apply for the funding. Hospitals received up to $75,000 each and FQHCs received up to $20,000 each. Last year, DHSS awarded $7.3 million to healthcare facilities to upgrade preparedness capacity.
With last year’s funding,
The DHSS required all grant applicants to assess and document how the purchase of identified supplies and equipment would augment the current disaster plan; enhance current capacity for emergency care, treatment of mass casualties, and management of infectious diseases; upgrade disease control and decontamination facilities; and contribute to regionalized public health response.
FQHCs provide comprehensive primary medical care services with a culturally sensitive, family-oriented focus to anyone needing care, regardless of ability to pay. These centers tailor their services to meet the specific needs of the community and its special populations.
Detailed lists of the FQHC (http://www.nj.gov/health/er/documents/fqhc_awards.pdf) and hospital (http://www.nj.gov/health/er/documents/hospitals_awards.pdf) are on the NJ DHSS website.
In addition to the grants announced today, over the last three years, the State of
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