The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) July 3 awarded states, territories and large cities about $332 million in Hospital Preparedness Program funds to help hospitals and health systems improve surge capacity and prepare for public health emergencies. The funds are distributed by award recipients to health care coalitions and hospitals according to a plan approved by HHS. “Recent events underscore the critical role these preparedness programs play in ensuring our health care and public health systems are poised to respond successfully to emergencies and recover quickly from events like Hurricane Sandy, large explosions such the chemical plant in Texas, or terrorist attacks like the Boston Marathon bombings in April,” said Nicole Lurie, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program has declined nearly 30% over the past decade. For more, click on: http://tinyurl.com/msgs2b5.