BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $2.5 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse Southcoast Hospitals Group, Inc. for the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID pandemic.
The $2,479,654 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the non-profit, community-based health system that operates three hospitals in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island for purchasing PPE between January and October 2021.
The group purchased surgical masks, N95 respirators, medical gloves, medical gowns, bouffant head coverings, face shields, eye protection, and shoe covers for St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Southcoast Hospitals Group, Inc. with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”
FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.
So far, FEMA has provided nearly $1.3 billion in Public