Hillsborough Extends American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding to Three Local Hospitals
To help hospitals in Hillsborough County more efficiently serve COVID-19 patients, including those suffering with lingering mental effects from the virus, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved $16.4 million in American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for three local hospitals.
Commissioners approved funding for Tampa General Hospital (TGH) for the continued development of 28 dedicated inpatient infectious disease beds. This project will include a universal intensive care unit and a surge capacity of up to 91 beds.
The BOCC also approved funding for AdventHealth Carrollwood Hospital to repurpose two existing structures to expand its COVID-19 surge capacity by 24 inpatient beds. The project also will create a space for holding more emergency room patients for observation as the patients wait to transition to other suitable areas.
Additionally, the BOCC approved funding for St. Joseph's Hospital to build a 25-bed inpatient psychiatric progressive medical unit at St. Joseph's Hospital North. The unit will serve individuals with psychiatric and medical comorbidities.
The funding is part of Hillsborough County's American Rescue Plan Investment Plan and will allow these local hospitals to more efficiently treat Hillsborough County residents impacted by COVID-19. These hospital funding agreements will be in effect through July 31, 2024.