TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) — As the pandemic started, hospitals sprang into action to help patients. For many, that meant setting up COVID-19 units with whatever resources they had.
Tampa General Hospital is now looking towards the future, with plans to create a new permanent COVID-19 unit.
TGH is requesting $4.5 million from Hillsborough County (as a portion of the County’s CARES Act funding) to help fund a new COVID-19 Unit.
According to a TGH Spokesperson, the unit will be created by repurposing an existing stand-alone structure that was previously TGH’s Rehab Hospital.
The new COVID-19 unit will have 59 fully-equipped ICU beds for the care and treatment of patients affected by COVID-19.
The funds will be used for building modifications, construction, equipment and supplies necessary and essential for the care and treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The total project price is approximately $8.2 million. According to TGH, additional funds to complete the COVID-19 Unit construction will come from TGH and community donors.
LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:
- Tampa city councilman thankful after surviving battle with coronavirus
- Worker fired for forgetting doctor’s note after negative COVID-19 test
- Patient hospitalized for COVID-19 plays violin to thank caregivers while intubated
- 27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home
- CDC considers shortening coronavirus quarantine period