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Tuscaloosa News | Hospital gets FEMA grant to make windows tornado-ready

May 16, 2013
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Hospital gets FEMA grant to make windows tornado-ready
By Ken Roberts | Tuscaloosa News | May 16, 2013



TUSCALOOSA | DCH Regional Medical Center will use a $1.3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to strengthen the storm-readiness of some of its windows.

Sammy Watson, community relations director for the DCH Health System, told the system’s board of directors at a Tuesday meeting that the money will help retrofit existing windows to withstand tornado winds of 250 mph in areas of the hospital where patients cannot be relocated.

On April 27, 2011, an EF4 tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, coming within just a few hundred yards of DCH Regional Medical Center, which has 583-beds, a neonatal intensive care unit, a women’s center and a cancer center. The hospital treated more than 800 patients that night.

Watson told the board that U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-

Mobile, played key roles in securing the $1.3 million FEMA grant.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the DCH board recognized Synobia Hamner and Derek Smith, recent winners of the Regional Medical Center Excellence Award.

The award is given to employees who exemplify the highest standards of excellence in attitude, job performance, dependability, appearance and contributions to DCH beyond the call of duty.

The DCH Health System’s contribution to its reserve, including financial results for the DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center and Fayette Medical Center, for March, the sixth month of the fiscal year, was 3.33 percent, or $1.3 million, compared to a budget of 0.61 percent, or $800,000, on operating revenues of $39.4 million.

The board also heard a personnel committee report on the potential impact of health care reform on the DCH Health System’s employee benefits.


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