Hackensack Meridian hospitals receive $32.8M from FEMA to fight COVID-19’s 2nd wave

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Hackensack Meridian Health’s 17 hospitals, which includes the Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, will receive nearly $32.8 million from FEMA to help fight COVID-19’s second wave.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hackensack Meridian was awarded $32,792,639.38 for the reimbursement and future purchases of COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, face shields, N95 respirator masks, and sanitizer.

Their 17 hospital locations span across Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties and they also have physician offices, urgent cares and rehabilitation facilities statewide.

“As COVID-19 quickly spreads across our state, New Jersey’s health care providers need all the resources they can get to keep up with patient demand and an increase in hospitalizations,” U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said in a statement.

“I’ll continue fighting in Washington to ensure that our state has what it needs to deal with this pandemic. The second wave is upon us and I remind all New Jerseyans to be vigilant, wear a mask and practice social distancing. We must all do our part.”

Hackensack Meridian Health FACHE and CEO Robert C. Garrett thanked FEMA, Menendez, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and the Meridian staff for their continued efforts during this public health emergency.

“Our frontline teams have heroically and tirelessly provided high-quality, groundbreaking care to more patients than any other health network in the state, and this grant fortifies their continued leadership in the battle against this devastating pandemic,” he said.

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