Rome Health receives $1M FEMA grant

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ROME — Rome Health received a grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for $1.03 million. The grant reimburses the hospital for extraordinary expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford.

“Throughout the pandemic, the staff and administration at Rome Memorial Hospital (Rome Health) took extraordinary steps to keep our communities safe and healthy. I am truly grateful for their selfless service, and I am glad that the federal government has stepped in to help lighten the financial burdens of the pandemic, especially given the rising costs of staffing,” said Tenney.

“I also greatly appreciate FEMA’s recognition of the significant costs incurred throughout these challenging times,” Tenney added.

Rome Hospital is home to both a medical care facility and a nursing home on the same site. The grant will be used to reimburse Rome Hospital for COVID-19 tests for employees assigned to the skilled nursing facility (SNF).

The tests were required by the state Department of Health given the significant risk factors for elderly individuals, especially those in nursing facilities, before the prevalence of life-saving vaccinations produced by President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.

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