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St. Charles Foundation to get $12.79 million in FEMA grants to cover COVID-19 response costs

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WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced Monday that the St. Charles Foundation will be receiving a total of $12.79 million in federal funds for past Covid-19 emergency response measures such as hiring additional staff, creating additional space for testing and treatment and more during the pandemic.

“The economic fallout of this public health crisis landed hard on hospitals and clinics in Oregon and nationwide, generating massive new and unexpected costs to pay for the emergency response measures carried out by the health care heroes battling to keep people safe and healthy,” Wyden said. “I’m gratified these resources are heading to St. Charles and I’ll continue to fight to help cover the added expenses produced by Covid-19 in Central Oregon and statewide.”

“Our health care systems and workers are facing immense economic strains and challenges from years of combating the COVID crisis,” Merkley said. “The federal funding heading to the St. Charles Foundation will boost emergency response measures, address staffing shortages, increase COVID-19 testing, diagnosis, and treatment, and much more to strengthen the fight against the public health crisis in Central Oregon. I will continue to push for the resources our health care systems around the state need.”

The federal funds will go St. Charles Medical Center Foundation for its 2020-21 costs in executing a variety of lifesaving measures, including:

  • Training doctors, nurses, and other staff in the proper usage of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Informing the public on healthy practices that help slow down the spread of Covid-19.
  • Hiring additional doctors, nurses, and other support staff to work exclusively on Covid-19 response.
  • Providing Covid-19 testing and diagnosis and treatment for Covid-19 positive patients.
  • Creating temporary facilities for additional space to test and treat Covid-19 related activities; surge bedding.
  • Operating a modular space with drive through capabilities for pharmacy needs to serve infected patients and to help reduce congestion in their permanent facilities.

“St. Charles is grateful to Senators Wyden and Merkley for their help with expediting the release of nearly $13 million in FEMA grants,” said Matt Swafford, St. Charles Health System’s chief financial officer. “This funding, which covers some of the unanticipated costs the health system incurred at the height of the pandemic, is critically needed to support our operations and financial recovery.”

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  1. Surprised that it hasn’t hit the news how much more St. Charles is going to make since they combined the Bend and Redmond campuses.

  2. So where exactly does FEMA grant money come from ? Are these private donations- or another example of wasting my tax dollars- which should be returned to me so I can go buy a tankful of gas- some bread- and maybe an apple or two !

    1. Probably similar to the billions we sent to Ukraine or the crack pipes Biden sent to the junkies. Or kind of like cancelling student debt. We the working people don’t get a thing under Biden. We just pay for stupid decisions. Hey maybe you can just get a $100,000 electric car so you don’t have to worry about gas…

    1. Or… pay $6/gallon of gas while your tax money goes to bail out st Charles whose CEO made millions in bonuses during this time and made terrible decisions.

  3. $13 M…..that should cover all of Joe Sluka the Sucka’s wages and bonuses from 2020-present. Good job Joe. Keep ripping off the community., you loser.

  4. It’s amazing that you dolts don’t understand what a Grant is. Worse, you don’t know how to look it up before displaying your ignorance. Stay classy Boomers.

    1. Explain it to us genius. Add the details of Joe Sucka’s income including the annual million dollar bonuses. We’d love to hear from a expert like you. Biden’s tiny brain.

  5. Hey SCMC, go back and study who Saint Charles is/was and why u represent his name! DOJ might just come in to remind you so plz straighten up and start treating us w respect and dignity! All of us. Honestly, it doesn’t matter how much money u get from us tax payers when your actions have proven undeserving and corrupt. Who do u represent? What’s your legacy? #change #thoughtsandprayers “Borromeo’s (Saint Charles) heroic behaviour during the plague of 1576–78 won him much respect, and he gave away much of his wealth to feed the hungry and care for the sick in Milan. He was canonized by Pope Paul V in 1610.”

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