DETROIT—Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) has fought to secure funding for hospitals in and around her hard-hit district—and today she announced her efforts helped result in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarding several of them millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 aid. Of the $900 million in HHS funding the state of Michigan received, here’s what the following hospitals in Tlaib’s district received:
Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit)
Ascension St John Hospital (Detroit)
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital (Detroit)
DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital (Detroit)
DMC Harper University Hospital (Detroit)
Garden City Hospital (Garden City)
The combined nearly $300 million comes as Wayne County, which Michigan’s Thirteenth Congressional District is located in, has suffered a staggering 18,274 coronavirus cases, the hardest hit county in the state. It’s that factor that Congresswoman Tlaib says makes this funding boost critical for her district.
“We need to be laser focused on saving lives and our local hospitals are critical in serving our sick neighbors,” Congresswoman Tlaib said. “Increased funding for hospitals in hard-hit areas like the one I represent is a welcome step in the right direction toward fulfilling its responsibility to the health care workers and patients who are suffering most. However, it is just that: a step. There are countless other sectors in need and I will keep fighting to ensure they too get the federal aid they need and deserve.”
The funding is a portion of the $12 billion Provider Relief Fund established by the CARES Act, which Tlaib previously backed, that will go to hospitals that provided inpatient care for 100 or more COVID-19 patients through April 10, 2020.