Flagstaff and Tuba City hospitals receive federal funding

Flagstaff and Tuba City hospitals receive federal funding

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A Guardian Medical Transport “Angel” helicopter flies away from Flagstaff Medical Center Monday night after dropping a patient on the helipad above the emergency department. Below, a parking lot at the hospital sits filled with cars of people who gather every night at 7 p.m. to pray for patients and healthcare workers inside battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congressman Tom O’Halleran announced more than $23.2 million in secured funding for two northern Arizona hospitals last week.

The congressman said Flagstaff Medical Center is set to be receiving $14.5 million, while $8.7 million is being sent to the Tuba City Regional Hospital.

“I am fighting to ensure that hospitals in rural and medically underserved communities can access the funding and resources they need to better serve patients during this global pandemic,” O’Halleran said. “Areas like the Navajo Nation that have been hit hardest need our immediate attention and assistance.”

Both Flagstaff Medical Center and Tuba City Regional Hospital have cared for patients hailing from the Navajo Nation, which is working to combat a serious outbreak of COVID-19.

The funding was granted through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provided $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers across the country.

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