Published on March 31, 2011

Milford Regional Takes First Step Towards Sale of Home Health and Hospice Services

Milford Regional Medical Center initiated the first step towards the possible sale of its home health and hospice services at its Board of Trustees meeting held on Monday evening, March 28th. The Board approved further discussions with SALMON Health and Retirement, a local third generation, family owned and operated senior housing and healthcare operation, to advance negotiations and undertake the financial and regulatory requirements needed to consider a potential purchase and sale. The entire process will take several weeks to finalize.

Milford Regional administrators and board members site the challenging healthcare environment and uncertainties surrounding future home health reimbursements and regulations as factors in their decision to sell. “There was much analysis and thoughtful consideration in making this decision,” states Francis M. Saba, Milford Regional CEO. “We are concerned about maintaining the excellence and quality of the services that our VNA currently provides, and also, to the greatest extent possible, protecting our employees at the VNA. We chose SALMON Health and Retirement as our potential successors in providing this vital service to the area because of their longstanding commitment to the region, their widely regarded reputation for quality care, and their strong relationship with the Medical Center.”

Saba looks forward to continued discussions with the Salmon family concerning their possible purchase of the Medical Center’s VNA and hospice services. “The Salmons have been avid supporters of Milford Regional for many years, through their Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers, as trusted partners in healthcare,” he says. “They are an established, caring member of the community, as is our VNA. We expect the transition to go well and that the fit between SALMON Health and Retirement and our VNA will be a very good one.”

With locations in Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Westborough and Worcester, the Salmon family has provided senior housing and healthcare options to the area for nearly 60 years. The addition of home health to their already wide array of services completes the full continuum of care.

“We see the VNA as a natural fit for our continuum of services,” says SALMON’s Chief Operating Officer Matthew Salmon, PT, MHP, MBA. “We’re optimistic about the Medical Center’s approach, and look forward to working with the impressive long-term staff that has made the Milford VNA the success it is today. We intend to keep the present team in place and build on it to serve a wider audience.”

Saba foresees the possible transition of the VNA from Milford Regional to SALMON Health and Retirement as seamless; the only change will be in ownership.

“The VNA will remain at their present location (37 Birch Street in Milford),” he explains. “Their name will remain the same and there will be no change in services.”

Through The Willows Premier Retirement Communities for Active Adults, Whitney Place Assisted Living Residences, Whitney Place Adult Day Health Centers, Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers and SALMON Centers for Early Education, located in Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Westborough and Worcester, SALMON Health and Retirement, founded in 1952, offers a full spectrum of services designed to maintain the highest possible quality of life for those they serve.

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