Dr. John H. Armstrong, Florida's surgeon general, told the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday that the Department of Health would immediately be redirecting funds to strengthen Florida's emergency preparedness.
In a letter sent to the CDC's director, Armstrong said the state will be taking $250,000 from the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds and $1 million from the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) funds for emergency preparedness training. The funds were not earmarked for other uses.
In addition, $1.8 million from HPP and $4 million from PHEP will be redirected to purchase personal protective equipment.
Armstrong has been Florida's surgeon general since 2012. Previously, he directed the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship for the Department of Defense and was the chief medical officer at the University of South Florida's Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.
A graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Armstrong was awarded the Army Surgeon General's Physician Recognition Award of Top Medical Corps Lieutenant Colonel in 2003 and the Surgeon General’s A-designator for General Surgery.