The hospital, constructed at NRG Park, was supposed to take overflow from a predicted surge in coronavirus patients in the city.
One thing the coronavirus outbreak has taught us is that we have limited resources, at least when it comes to funding.
Consider that the funds set aside for small businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program ran out in a matter of weeks. And that’s the federal government. State governments have even less budgetary room to play around with, and counties have even less money.
So imagine what Harris County, home to Houston, must be feeling right now given that when it’s all said and done, they will have spent about $17 million on a temporary hospital that has yet to see a single patient.
This isn’t the first makeshift hospital that didn’t even see a patient. In Seattle, a medical center constructed at the CenturyLink Field Event Center also turned out to be a huge waste of resources, and was dismantled earlier this month after not being populated by a single individual who didn’t work there.
Absolutely awesome shoe-leather reporting from @KPRC2's investigative team and @kprc2mario showing what's really going on with the NRG Center's makeshift hospital. Local reporting really matters.https://t.co/YCWC2Zp8Yd
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) April 22, 2020