The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response recently awarded funding for 13 hospitals and health systems to serve as Regional Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Centers for highly infectious diseases. Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Mich., received $3 million each to serve as new centers, and 10 existing centers received $1.2 million each. 

“Our responses to Ebola, COVID-19, and Monkeypox have highlighted a need to increase our readiness to respond to these threats,” said Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O'Connell. “We are taking this critical step to award new funding to our regional healthcare partners to strengthen the capabilities of their special pathogen programs and make our healthcare system better prepared to respond to these infectious diseases.”

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