Memorial Hospital awarded grant to expand emergency power


Memorial Hospital at Gulfport will receive more than $2.3 million from FEMA to expand its electrical-generator capacity, announced U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

A FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program award of $2,393,431 was approved to increase the hospital's generator capacity, which is crucial during weather emergencies. Memorial Hospital was the only Mississippi hospital south of Interstate 20 to remain open and in service during 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

The installation of two 2,250-kilowatt bi-fuel system generators will help provide a more reliable electricity supply, which allows for continuous operation of surgical and medical equipment. The FEMA grant will cover 75 percent of the $3.1 million cost of the project.

Established in 1946, Gulfport Memorial is owned jointly by Gulfport and Harrison County.