May 22, 2024
Memorial Health System receives more than M from FEMA | News, Sports, Jobs

Memorial Health System receives more than M from FEMA | News, Sports, Jobs

From left, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Memorial Health System President & CEO Scott Cantley and Memorial Health System Vice President of Physician Services & Chief Medical Officer Dan Breece pose for a picture. Brown helped secure more than $20 million for Memorial Health System from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 2020-2021 COVID costs. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — Memorial Health System has received more than $20 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, helped secure more than $20 million from FEMA to cover costs from Memorial’s COVID response in 2020-2021, according to a Memorial media release.

The release said “the funds are essential to ensuring Memorial Health System can continue to provide care to its patients and community.”

Brown said in the release that the doctors, nurses and support staff at Memorial care for Ohio residents every day.

“It’s why I fought to cut red tape so they can continue to serve patients and provide Marietta and the entire region with quality health care,” Brown said in the release.

Memorial President & CEO Scott Cantley said in the release the reimbursement funds are critical to Memorial’s operations.

“We are grateful to Senator Brown for securing the funds at such a critical time,” Cantley said. “We continue to provide and expand services this region needs while carrying the burden of the extreme expense of labor, supplies, personal protective equipment and emergency care needed to preserve lives in our community during COVID-19.”

Cantly said the funds reimburse Memorial costs that were not reimbursed while they were providing necessary care to patients and though it has taken time the money will help cover a portion of the expenses.

Memorial Associate Vice President of Service Excellence Jennifer Offenberger provided an idea of how much extra Memorial spent during the pandemic. She said Memorial spent $60 million more in salary than it normally would during the COVID pandemic.

“Obviously those expenses that we had during (COVID) … as a not-for-profit health system that put a significant strain on our revenue cycle and financial position,” Offenberger said.

She said the FEMA money assists Memorial “in continuing to be a strong health system that is able to continue to care for our community.”

Brown noted in the release that reimbursing state, county and municipal governments and non-profits and tribal entities for COVID costs is important to the United States’ ongoing recovery.

Michelle Dillon can be reached at [email protected]

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