Published on March 01, 2022

Milford Regional E.R. Chief Runs Boston Marathon to Support Hospital, Front-Line Workers

The leader of Milford Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department is lacing up for the 126th Boston Marathon to raise funds for the medical center, and in honor of his colleagues who have had their own physical and emotional endurance tested amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeffrey Hopkins, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Milford Regional, is running this year’s Boston Marathon on April 18 on behalf of Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“Every day we come in and see people basically running a marathon of their own. Seems like it’s never-ending and there’s never going to be that finish line with COVID,” says Hopkins, who has been training for the past several weeks in the cold, snow and fluctuating New England climate,  and is taking his inspiration from the people he works with every day – from the ancillary and support staff to the doctors and nurses.

 “Just seeing my colleagues’ endurance, their perseverance, their commitment….it’s been inspiring to see everyone continue to battle COVID over the past two years,” he says. “I guess I’m a glutton for punishment because I figured to show support, what better way than to do something that required a lot of endurance and commitment? And it’s going to be really painful, but hopefully we’ll bring some good and return some much-needed funds and attention to the front-line providers who have been running a marathon of their own for the past couple years.”

Shefali Desai, chair of Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, praises Dr. Hopkins’ commitment to his colleagues and community.

“Dr. Hopkins is one of the strongest leaders I’ve had the pleasure working alongside,” says Mrs. Desai. “His support of Milford Regional Medical Center reaches over many facets of the organization including his enthusiasm surrounding philanthropy and the Healthcare Foundation. His commitment to the 2022 Boston Marathon in support of the Medical Center is a true inspiration and testament to his dedication to our community.”

To make a donation in support of Dr. Hopkins, visit





Milford Regional Medical Center is a full-service, community and regional teaching hospital located in Milford, Mass. and serves patients from more than 20 towns in Central Massachusetts. The 149-bed medical center is a nonprofit, acute-care facility, where more than 300 primary care and specialty physicians are committed to providing exceptional healthcare services to our community with dignity, compassion and respect.



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