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A Small Step in Construction but a Giant Leap for the Hospital

Tossing the ceremonial shovelfuls of sand at the groundbreaking for the new addition to Milford Regional Medical Center on March 28 are, l-r: state Sen. Richard Moore, D. Milford; Vascen Bogigian, Building Committee chair; Edward Kelly, MRMC president; Frank Saba, MRMC CEO; John Burns, MRMC Board of Trustees chair; Tina Robakiewicz, MD, Medical Staff president; and state Rep. John Fernandes, D. Milford.

With the aim of meeting the challenges of healthcare in the 21st Century, Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 28 for a $54 million expansion of the main hospital campus in Milford. The 115,000 square, three story structure, the largest expansion in the hospital's history, will encompass lower level parking, a new emergency department (ED) and an intensive care unit (ICU).

"This is a transformational project that will result in a new, more modern, more efficient, more comfortable, and better healthcare facility," said Francis M. Saba, MRMC CEO. He added that the addition is "the culmination of the collective vision of the hospital and the community" to bring the best possible care to the local area.

The new structure, to be built by Consigli Construction of Milford, will more than double the size of the current ED from 30 to 52 private treatment rooms along with other treatment facilities, increase the number of patient rooms in the ICU from 10 to 16 expanding their size to accommodate the latest technology, and add a 24-bed private room unit with the intent to convert all hospital patient rooms to private.

The building, which has been in the works for the past three years, is projected to be open in the fall of 2015. It is being constructed on the southeast corner of the hospital property near the intersection of Rt. 16 and Huntoon Slip.

"It is important to have a local hospital that recognizes and responds to the challenges of healthcare," said state Sen. Richard Moore, D. Uxbridge. He noted its success at keeping up with the times is especially noteworthy as hospitals across the state and the country are closing, "while our hospital is growing and expanding."

State Rep. John Fernandes, D. Milford, echoed those sentiments saying residents are lucky that MRMC continues enhance its services and grow. "A quality hospital affects a lot of aspects of life around here," he said.

Funding for the expansion includes traditional financing, use of hospital reserves and a $25 million community fundraising campaign. Speaking of the fundraising John Burns, chairman of MRMC Board of Trustees and the fundraising campaign said nearly $17 million has been raised in the last five months including $5 million from the Meehan Family. "It is uplifting to participate in a project that has so galvanized everyone in the community," said Burns.

Noting that the expansion of the ED will accommodate up to 70,000 visits annually as compared the current facility which was designed for 40,000 visits, and the addition of the new ICU will help the hospital move toward the goal of having all private rooms. MRMC president Edward Kelly called the project a milestone. "Taking a page from Neil Armstrong this is a small step in construction," he said referring to the groundbreaking, "but a giant leap of for the future of healthcare in our community."


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