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Published on November 21, 2013

Milford Regional Medical Center Announces Historic Fundraising Effort

 

Milford Regional Medical Center officially unveiled a $25 million fundraising goal to help support a $54 million building project that will significantly expand the areas of ED, ICU and private patient rooms.

 

Milford Regional Medical Center officially unveiled a $25 million fundraising goal to help support a $54 million building project that will significantly expand the areas of emergency care, intensive care and private patient rooms. The Campaign has already raised more than $15 million toward its goal.

The fundraising effort, entitled Excellence…The Campaign for Milford Regional Medical Center, is highlighted by a gift of $5 million from the Kevin Meehan family. It’s both the largest gift in the history of the Medical Center, and the largest ever in the greater Milford region.

“Our family has always embraced the spirit of generosity and we are pleased to make a gift that will benefit the entire region,” said Mr. Meehan, owner of Mendon’s Imperial Cars.com. “We are delighted to join with you in ensuring that Milford Regional Medical Center is a world class medical facility. We are privileged to have made this area our home and honored to be investing in an institution that provides exemplary and compassionate care when people are in need. Our family has been the beneficiary of much good will from throughout the community and we graciously welcome this opportunity to help improve the quality of life for our neighbors, friends and colleagues. With enthusiasm, the Meehan family wishes you great success.”

Excellence will support a major capital initiative resulting in: an enhanced emergency department (ED), more than doubling the size of the current ED; a new, expanded intensive care unit that will increase capacity by more than 60%; and, with the addition of a new 24-bed private room unit, a transition to 100% private patient rooms throughout the hospital.

“We are extremely proud of this campaign, truly the most significant fundraising effort in our history, and so grateful to our family of donors, particularly Kevin Meehan, who generously provided us with the foundation for the Campaign’s ongoing success with his extraordinary $5 million gift,” said Francis M. Saba, CEO of Milford Regional. “In our continuing commitment to serve the healthcare needs of Milford and the surrounding community, we recognized the urgency to address current and future needs. We are poised now to provide the next generation of healthcare in key patient care areas.”

The announcement took place at a gathering on the campus of Milford Regional Medical Center, attended by Milford Regional leadership, and officials, including Senator Richard T. Moore and State Representative John V. Fernandes. During the festivities, Excellence’s leading campaign donors were feted, and the goal of $25 million unveiled.

The Campaign will support enhancements to one of the busiest emergency departments in Central Massachusetts. The staff at Milford Regional, including board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency trained nurses and technicians, provide care for nearly 60,000 patients a year. At the center of Milford Regional’s urgent needs in emergency care is demand. Between 2000 and 2010, the area population increased by 8%, while the 65 and older population rose by 12%. Moreover, the general population in the Medical Center’s service area is expected to grow by nearly 10% over the next ten years. Not surprisingly, the Milford Regional emergency department has experienced a dramatic increase in utilization. The current ED, with 30 approved beds, was built in 1995 to accommodate 45,000 patients per year, but annual patient volume has escalated by more than 60% over the past 10 years. The new ED will comprise 30,000 square feet and feature 52 beds, an expanded waiting area, and spacious, comfortable private rooms. The new department will be built to accommodate at least 70,000 visits annually and be designed for today’s volume challenges and tomorrow’s advances.

“It was critical that a number of people come forward with momentum-generating, precedent-setting gifts when we began the quiet phase of the Campaign…people like Kevin Meehan and so many others who understood the needs we have and the opportunities as well,” said John Burns, chairman of Milford Regional’s Board of Trustees, as well as chairman of Excellence…The Campaign for Milford Regional Medical Center. “So many of our family and friends have risen to the occasion with special gifts, and we are eternally grateful. It demonstrates the powerful partnership we share with this community.”

Excellence will also support the intensive care unit, one of Milford Regional’s centers of distinction, which has not undergone a significant renovation since its construction in 1982. With only 10 beds, there is not enough space to accommodate peak demand. Physicians need more space and amenities are limited for patients. The new 13,000 square foot ICU will address the need for space with an increase from 10 to 16 beds, and derive added benefit from its juxtaposition to the emergency department. New patient rooms will be sized and equipped as multi-purpose spaces, allowing most treatments to occur there. Overhead wall booms will allow increased flexibility in positioning monitoring equipment, intravenous pumps and solutions, thereby freeing space for bedside care.

In addition to the ED and ICU project, Milford Regional will reconfigure the Medical Center so that every room will be private whenever possible, ensuring infection prevention, privacy and family sensitivity. Currently, only 86 beds are private. Telemetry services will be available in each room, and a higher level of personalized care will result.

“Everyone connected to the Campaign deserves high praise for extraordinary effort and ahead-of-the-curve results,” said Edward J. Kelly, president of Milford Regional Medical Center. “But the truth is we’ve really only just begun this process. We need to depend on the community now to bridge the gap between the amount we’ve raised and $25 million. It will take a concerted response from everyone in the surrounding area who understands the value of having access to the highest quality care, close to home.”

Milford Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive, community and regional teaching hospital serving a 20-plus town region. This 145-bed, nonprofit, acute-care hospital has close to 300 highly qualified physicians in multiple specialties on their medical staff, and has partnerships with such highly regarded tertiary care facilities as UMass Memorial Health Care, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. Milford Regional has received local, regional and national recognitions including Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.


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