Offering greater access to healthcare throughout the 23 towns that Milford Regional serves is always a priority. For more than a decade, the institution has invested in satellite locations to bring urgent care, diagnostics and rehabilitation closer to home for our patients. Concurrently, Milford Regional leadership has stayed focused on upgrading and expanding facilities inside the hospital to better address the healthcare challenges of each new generation. FY 2019 saw strides in both goals with the opening of the new Milford Regional in Franklin facility and the completion of the renovation of Milford Regional Medical Center’s fourth floor.
Milford Regional in Franklin
In FY 2019, Milford Regional made a powerful statement cementing our commitment to the health and wellbeing of the residents of Franklin and the surrounding towns. A new attractive, three-story building located at 1280 West Central Street in Franklin opened to consolidate four of Milford Regional Physician Group’s (MRPG) Franklin medical practices: Franklin Family Practice, Franklin Primary Care, Franklin Pediatric & Adolescent Care and Franklin Rheumatology. It also added Urgent Care and expanded the Medical Center’s diagnostic imaging services to include x-ray, ultrasound, 3D mammography and lab collection, all under one roof. In FY 2020, there are plans to add an obstetrician/gynecologist practice and consider other specialties.
Fourth Floor Reimagined for Cancer and Palliative Care
Milford Regional’s fourth floor originally opened in 1964 to provide rooms for medical/surgical patients. After serving patients for more than a half-century, it was time for a major renovation. In FY 2019, a dramatic transformation reconfigured the 44-bed space into 15 spacious, private rooms designed specifically with the care and treatment of cancer and palliative care patients in mind. Through the collaboration with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional, leaders inside the hospital felt it was of paramount importance to design the renovated floor to address the unique treatment, needs and concerns of these patients. The result is a soothing atmosphere to support not only the physical, but social and emotional needs of our patients. From murals that emanate the beauty of nature to comfortable sofa chairs that accommodate family and friends, each room has its own unique feeling of calm and serenity. The ribbon was cut on April 2 and welcomed its first patients later that month.
PHOTO LEFT: The official Milford Regional ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of the fourth floor renovation: (Pictured left to right) Karen Kmetz, director, inpatient services; Steve Ellis, chair, Commitment Campaign; Judy Kelly, VP, patient care services & CNO; Elizabeth Fleming, annual giving officer; Nicole Heim, exec. VP & COO; Janna Rice, asst. nurse manager, Consigli; Vascen Bogigian, trustee, chair, building committee; Stewart Washer, nurse manager, fourth & fifth floor; Ed Kelly, president & CEO; Joe Boczanowski, director, facilities; Kim Molloy, project coordinator/safety officer; Laura Mann, trustee, steering committee member, Commitment Campaign; Emily Quinn, VP, philanthropy, exec. director, foundation.