Published on March 21, 2011

Milford Regional Receives Grant to Improve Access to Health Care

Milford Regional Medical Center (Milford Regional) has been awarded a Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative planning grant by The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, Inc. The $124,500 grant will support planning efforts to increase access for the uninsured or underinsured to basic medical care, including preventive care and screenings. Armed with data from the 2010 community health needs assessment conducted in Milford, the Greater Milford Health Access Coalition, led by Milford Regional Medical Center, has stepped forward to address this growing healthcare need.

“This planning grant will enable the coalition to explore what other communities have done to improve access for all of their residents and to develop a model to pilot in 2012 in the greater Milford area,” said Dr. Jan Yost, president and CEO of The Health Foundation. Yost further explained that the Foundation anticipates, that if successful progress is being made, it will continue help to fund the pilot and then full implementation of the model, with the intention of putting a self-sustainable model in place.

“This grant will help Milford Regional Medical Center to strengthen its long tradition of community service to meet the growing diversity of health care needs in the Milford area. Ensuring that all Milford area residents have full access to the right care at the right time in the right place will improve the health of the community as a whole. I look forward to continued leadership in promoting wellness and disease prevention,” noted Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, chairman of the Massachusetts Legislature's committee on Health Care Financing.

As project director for the grant, Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, medical director of quality at Milford Regional, will work with the coalition to develop a pilot project to improve access to care for vulnerable residents such as the working poor and underserved youth, children and elders. Members of the coalition include: Tri-River Family Health Center, Fallon Clinic, Tri-County Medical Associates, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Milford Senior Center, The Latino Health Insurance Program, Riverside Community Care, Milford Board of Health, Juvenile Advocacy Group and Milford’s Health Education and Advocacy for Latinos.

“This is a very important initiative for our organization and our community,” said Milford Regional CEO Francis M. Saba, “and we are most grateful to the executives and staff from all the partnering agencies for their enthusiastic commitment to work with us to identify and develop the strategies that will help us improve the overall health of our community.”

Founded in 1903, Milford Regional Medical Center’s mission is “to provide quality healthcare services to our community with dignity, compassion and respect.” As an independent regional medical center, Milford Regional strives to provide exceptional acute care services and to offer targeted community wellness and education programs to maintain health.

Formally established in 1999 from the sale of Central Massachusetts Health Care, Inc., a physician-initiated, not-for-profit HMO, The Health Foundation currently has assets of approximately $60 million. The Foundation began its grantmaking in late 2000, and since that time, has awarded grants totaling more than $20 million. For further information about the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and application process, please visit The Health Foundation’s website at

Frank Saba and Jan Yost Receives Grant

Milford Regional was awarded a planning grant by The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to improve access to healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured. Pictured from left to right: Francis M. Saba, CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Jan Yost, president and CEO of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

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