HHS allocates $498 million for hospital preparedness

first_imgMay 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it is allocating $498 million for grants to states to help healthcare facilities improve their ability to cope with bioterrorist attacks and other emergencies that could cause many casualties.With this year’s awards, HHS will have provided more than $1.5 billion for hospital preparedness over the past 3 years, the agency said. The grants go to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.The main purpose of the funding is to help healthcare facilities prepare for mass casualties that could result from bioterrorist attacks, other disease outbreaks, and natural disasters, HHS said in a news release. Other goals include improving the coordination of disease reporting by hospitals and state and local health departments, enhancing disease-reporting coordination among public health laboratories and hospital laboratories, and harmonizing the communication capabilities of these organizations.”States and communities can use these funds to improve emergency care in any health crisis, whether the source is a bioterror attack or other infectious disease outbreaks like SARS or West Nile virus, or any natural disaster like a flood or hurricane,” HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson stated in a news release.The grants to states range from $1.75 million for Wyoming to $38.8 million for California. The funds are handled by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The agency awards a base grant of $1 million to each state or city, and the additional amount is based on population, according to HRSA officials.HRSA Administrator Elizabeth M. Duke, PhD, said hospitals can use the money to improve their ability to quickly add beds, isolate and decontaminate patients, find qualified volunteer healthcare workers, and plan for hospital-based caches of drugs and medical supplies.To qualify for the funds, states, cities, and territories have to update their hospital preparedness plans by reporting their achievements the previous year and plans for the coming year, HRSA officials told CIDRAP News.The states and other jurisdictions must submit applications for this year’s round of grants by July 1, said Richard J. Smith, director of HRSA’s Division of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness. The agency sent out guidance information on how to prepare the applications May 24, he told CIDRAP News.Smith said he couldn’t give specifics on how much of the hospital preparedness money awarded in the past 2 years has been used so far. Of the funds awarded in 2002, “We know that virtually all of that money, in excess of 90%, has been expended,” he said. Some of the fiscal year 2003 funds awarded last year have not yet been spent, he added, but he couldn’t give figures. Jurisdictions are allowed to carry over funds from the previous year provided they have a plan for using them.HRSA has not yet done a formal assessment of what has been achieved with the hospital preparedness funds awarded in recent years, according to Smith. However, the agency has established 15 “critical benchmarks” of preparedness, and in the applications they submit this year, states are required to report on certain “sentinel indicators” related to those benchmarks, he said.For example, states are being asked to report how many people have been enrolled in a registry of volunteer healthcare professionals who could help hospitals in a major emergency, Smith said.See also:May 24 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040524.htmllast_img read more

Maradona resigns as Gimnasia manager

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: Argentina cancel football season I’m the man to restore Man United to glory — Maradona Maradona arrested at airport over £5m debt Footballing legend Diego Maradona has resigned from his role as head coach of Argentinian side Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata less than three months after taking the job.The position with Gimnasia was Maradona’s first managerial spell in Argentina since 2010 when he was in charge of the national side.The 59-year-old joined the club while they were bottom of the Superliga Argentina table, managing three wins out of eight and taking El Lobo up to 22nd on ten points.Maradona’s playing pedigree is regarded as one of the best in football history, however his managerial career is yet to measure up to such grandeur. The legendary playmaker began the coaching side of his career in 1994 and has been at the hilt of six clubs since his managerial debut with Textil Mandiyu. Tags: Diego MaradonaDiego Maradonnalast_img read more

Quarterback Eric Dungey leaves Syracuse football’s game against Clemson in 1st quarter

first_img Published on November 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey left the Orange’s game against No. 3 Clemson on Saturday with about three minutes remaining in the first quarter after taking a shot to his shoulder and head area. SU lost, 54-0.Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel launched his head toward Dungey, who ran toward the left side of the field on a quarterback keeper. O’Daniel made contact with Dungey and the sophomore’s helmet flew back on his head. While lying on the field for minutes after the play, Dungey appeared to try to stand up but struggled to do so. Dungey was taken to the locker room after the play.Dungey came back to the sideline wearing a Syracuse T-shirt and hat with about six minutes left in the second quarter. He was shown on the ABC broadcast chatting with replacement Austin Wilson. Dungey didn’t return to the game.Wilson replaced Dungey with the score 10-0 in Clemson’s favor. Saturday marks Wilson’s first appearance of the season. He’d previously been the Orange’s third-string QB while Zack Mahoney was the second string. Mahoney subbed in for Dungey two weeks ago when he suffered an injury against Virginia Tech. Dungey missed just one offensive play, though.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDungey missed four games last season and parts of three more due to injuries caused by hits to the head.Follow along for live updates throughout the game, here. Commentslast_img read more

Live updates: NLCS Game 2 between the Dodgers and Brewers

first_imgThe Milwaukee Brewers are on a 12-game win streak and leading the National League Championship Series 1-0 after a win at Miller Park Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Preview | Scouting report | Matchup breakdown | In-game box score | Photo gallery |Follow along for live updates of Game 2 in the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Brewers. SCNG’s Bill Plunkett, J.P. Hoornstra and Mark Whicker are reporting from Milwaukee.Viewing on a mobile device? Click here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more