Pandemic funds could help reopen South Carolina hospital emergency department

After receiving $13.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds, North Greenville Hospital in Travelers Rest, S.C., may reopen its emergency department, the Post and Courier Greenville reported Aug. 22. 

The Greenville City Council finance committee voted Aug. 22 to provide the hospital $13.5 million of what it received from the American Rescue Plan Act. The grant is still pending final approval from the Greenville City Council. 

Greenville -based Prisma Health, which owns the hospital, originally requested $16.4 million. It is currently reviewing plans for reopening the department with the new allotted amount. 

"Prisma Health will review what is possible under this funding amount and looks forward to continued discussions with the county on a final plan," Sandy Dees, senior media relations coordinator for Prisma Health told Becker's. 

The hospital closed its emergency department in April 2020 to care for COVID-19 patients, according to the report.

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