Milford Regional Announces $40 Million Expansion
Milford Regional Medical Center announced plans for a $40 million building expansion at its annual meeting held on Monday, January 23. The new two-story, 60,000 square foot structure will be located on the east side of the hospital along Route 16. It will house a new emergency department, intensive care unit and additional patient rooms.
According to Francis M. Saba, Milford Regional CEO, patient demand and the need to accommodate the very latest medical equipment are the driving forces behind this expansion. “Our emergency department (ED) is significantly undersized to meet the needs of the community,” he states. Milford Regional had 55,213 ED patient visits in 2011. The new emergency department will double the size of its current footprint and include additional diagnostic imaging services.
Saba also notes that the 10 rooms now inside the ICU, built in the 1980’s, are no longer large enough to accommodate present-day medical equipment. To address this challenge as well as growing demand for intensive care, the new ICU will house 16 spacious rooms.
The expansion will also include 24 new medical/surgical rooms with telemetry for cardiac monitoring. Saba explains the new patient rooms will not increase the overall number of hospital beds, but will allow the Medical Center to convert multi-patient rooms to private without reducing capacity.
The building project must first receive both local and state approvals before moving forward. Financing and fundraising efforts will also factor into the expansion’s final plans. Saba estimates an approximate two-and-a-half-year timeframe before groundbreaking.