Sun Herald – “I started the antibody infusions back in November 2020, so once we got access to it, we have transitioned from the infusion clinic to an outpatient clinic to a floor in the hospital, and then we got really busy so we contracted with IEM to come in and be able to do everything that we were doing and give us our floor back in the hospital,” said Kristian Spear, nurse practitioner and advance practice manager at Memorial.
WLOX – The hospital hired IEM and their partner AshBritt Logistics to set up a massive infusion center at Memorial’s fitness center. Since August 31, the new center has taken some of the stress off of the hospital. “They gave us our hospital floor back,” said Spear. “Because we were taking up a whole floor of the hospital, and we have the capability here to do 200 patients a day while freeing up our staff to take care of patients in the hospital as well as give us space in the hospital.”
ABC 13 News Now – “The disaster declarations will help to cover those costs that the states are in are incurring during these events,” Zimmerman explained. “People will be able to get some assistance from FEMA,” she added. “Right now, it’s up to $36,000 per household.” That assistance can also be for crisis counseling, legal and unemployment assistance, just to name a few. It also offers public assistance which, “opens up the cost for such as debris removal, all the emergency protective measures that they have taken,” she said.
The New York Times – But the system built at a cost of more than $14 billion to protect New Orleans had worked, according to Elizabeth Zimmerman, who ran disaster operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Obama administration.
The Fayetteville Observer – Cauley said city officials have also provided $87,000 from the Community Development Block Grant to nonprofits like the Salvation Army and Fayetteville Urban Ministry to help vulnerable households. Cauley said the city is looking to place case managers at the Cumberland County Courthouse to help facing eviction proceedings. The city and county partnered to create the Rental Assistance Program to help people in need by supplying rent and utility aid.
Beaumont Enterprise – AshBritt IEM Health set up the infusion center, as it has done with many others across the country, said Global Medical Director Dr. Rashid Chotani. “All the infusion centers that we put together have demonstrated clearly that getting the drug decreases the intensity of the disease,” Chotani said. “Regeneron and monoclonal antibodies were developed last year at the same time as the vaccines were being developed. The FDA, the CDC and the government have said that Regeneron is the best choice of monoclonal antibodies that we have at this time.”
The New York Times – One priority will be finding and examining any pieces of metal because of reports of rusting rebar within the structure, said Ms. Zimmerman, now a senior executive adviser at I.E.M., a global emergency management consulting firm based in North Carolina. The goal of investigators will be to identify precisely why the building went down and who was responsible. “It’s not going to be this week or this month, it’s going to be a matter of months or years,” she said.
NPR – FEMA discontinued use of that letter after the Oregon fire in September. Elizabeth Zimmerman, an associate administrator for FEMA during Barack Obama’s administration, says some of the language in the letters that the agency sends can “aggravate a lot of people on a good day — let alone the worst day of their lives.”
WRAL – June 19, or Juneteenth, marks the annual observance celebrating the date that Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing those who were still enslaved in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Effective this week, Juneteenth has been designated a federal holiday, as President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by both chambers of the United States Congress this week that will designate June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. As a company, IEM is recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday, said a spokesperson for the company. The founder, CEO, and president, Madhu Beriwal, also sent a company-wide email yesterday, that was shared with WRAL TechWire and is quoted below.
Potomac Local News – The Stafford County Board of Supervisors has approved the use of funds obtained from the American Rescue Act, the latest round of federal stimulus money, to pay a consulting firm on how to better prepare for disasters such as the coronavirus pandemic in the future. The County’s approval of the use of these funds to pay IEM was also an official acceptance of the funds which will be received in two separate portions for a grand total of $28.7 million. The first portion was received in May 2021 totaling $14.9 million from which the payment to IEM will come.