Milford Regional Plans $40M Expansion

Milford Regional Medical Center has announced its intention to expand its Milford campus with a new building, enlarged emergency room and additional space for intensive care.

announced Monday a major expansion of its campus to include new emergency room facilities, additional intensive care rooms and reconfigured space for admitted patients.

The estimated $40 million expansion would take place in a new, two-story building, to be constructed on hospital property adjoining the existing facilities. The location is now a parking area.

The planned addition was announced at the annual meeting of the hospital corporation by Board of Trustees Chairman Albert A. Crimaldi. The hospital, which opened in a three-story brick building in 1903, has had a series of expansions over the years, the latest being the new cancer treatment facility in 2008. This one, if authorized by state and local agencies, would add approximately 50,000 square-feet of new space to the 250,000-square-foot hospital, said Edward Kelly, president of the hospital.

The planned expansion would double the size of the emergency room, and increase intensive care unit rooms from 10 to 16, Kelly said. The expansion is intended to meet the future needs of a growing community, which includes Milford and surrounding towns.

Kelly expressed optimism that funds could be raised to help construct the facility. The scope of the capital campaign has not yet been determined, he said. At the annual meeting, directors announced that the hospital in 2011 had had its most successful fundraising efforts to date.

The hospital serves a region that is growing in population, but is also claiming a larger share of people within that region, Kelly noted. Both the emergency room and the intensive care facilities are undersized, he told reporters, immediately following the meeting.

"Our emergency room is terribly undersized," he said.

While the number of hospital beds would not be increased through the addition, the new space would allow the hospital to reconfigure its 125 existing rooms to allow for more single-patient rooms.

The expansion is in a conceptual design phase, Kelly said, and the hospital board has not yet hired an architect or presented plans to state health or local authorities, who would need to approve any expansion in facilities.

Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
and the beat goes on...
David Nolta January 24, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I can't stand it anymore--I admit it! So here is my comment: helper verbs like "will" and "can" and "must" and "would" and "should" are NEVER followed by "of"!!! NEVER!!! There, I said it, and I feel exactly as futile as ever, but a bit better inside. Now what WOULD Jesus HAVE SAID about withholding care from anybody? And finally, tonight there is NO moon!
Jim Rizoli January 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Ralph...sorry to hear what you and your brother had to go trough. I hear these story all the time. The illegals know they can get free care that's why they come. You actually would be better off being an illegal,no hassles and the price is right. Jim@ccfiile.com
David Nolta January 24, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I find your tale moving and not unfamiliar. And for myself, I would not defend the abuse of a system--by anybody. That the planned hospital expansion is being "made to happen" because of, or for, "the free care of illegals" has yet to be shown or seen. Good management of an emergency room also includes prioritizing the sick--not on a first-come, first-serve basis, but--in order of urgent need, i. e., bleeding before a cold... But like you, Ralph, I agree that health care should not be withheld from those in need, and I believe that is still one of the great principles to which all doctors and nurses are committed. Where the sick come from, how they get here, whether or not they should be here, are secondary questions in the treatment of urgent care patients.
Ralph January 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM
David, I have more anger towards the system that allows this to happen, rather than the people who take advantage of it. People will take the shortest easiest path whenever allowed to do so, no matter where they live or where they come from. Sorry that I digressed from the original storyline, Our hospital is one to be proud of, It has grown and is growing to meet the needs of the community.
Tippy Doodle January 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM
health care for all in massachusetts. WHAT A JOKE. right now i am battling to get the only medication that can help me. They want me to pay for the brand name which is $450.00 /month. when there is a GENERIC available, but it was taken off all medicare part D formularies as Jan.1. I have called the FDA MEDICARE, The INSURANCE company. My specialist appealed to the ins. co and I was denied. I have written to the gov the senators my congressman and even the president. My other option is to buy from Canada, Do I not have a RIGHT to safe, affordable prescription drugs ?? Dear Lord, why does everything have to be a battle? Health Care for all? The system is broken as far as i am concerned. And I am getting to tired to do battle. sorry for the rant ....
David Nolta January 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Then the goal is to have a system that can't be abused. But human ingenuity is such that any system we can invent, we can also, IF WE ARE INCLINED, find ways to abuse... I, too, think the hospital is something to be very proud of, and wish them all the resources they need for expansion that improves the chances of serving the greatest number of people.
Ray Fellows January 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Oh Jim, you are obsessed. We are a christian nation, we do not turn our backs on people in need regardless of where they come from or how they got here. Its not only "illegals" that utilize the emergency rooms. My only concern is the hospital doesnt have enough staff to handle the space they have now. You can wait hours in the Milford hospital emergency room, even when its half full. Space is meaningless if you dont have the doctors to provide care.
Ray Fellows January 24, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Children Across America deals with many undocumented immigrants. While there are a minority of them that come here for free services, the vast majority come here for the same reasons our families came here, a better life. They want the same things we do, raise a family and have a better life for them. The American dream. When my great grandparents came here it was easy to become a citizen. You got off a boat at Ellis Island, they processed your paperwork and you were on your way. Its not like that anymore. There are tons of hoops to jump through, lots of money to pay and years of legal tape. There is also a language barrier. Coming to America is only half of the process. Instead of persecuting these people, lets help them become citizens. We are the richest nation in the world because we are a melting pot. Once they obtain a green card, they pay taxes and are contributing members of society. I know I'm glad no one tried to send my family "home". I'm proud to be an American, a country that helps EVERYONE regardless of where they come from!
UglyHat January 24, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Tippy – this is a tragic example and the perfect light to shed on this conversation. You have my sympathies for both your condition and the fight you face. However, if you were asking me “Do I not have a RIGHT to safe, affordable prescription drugs ??” I would answer no, you do not. We should all have an expectation of safe medication, but affordability is not binary. Who sets the rates? And what if affordability eliminates profitability? I know it sounds heartless and I’m sorry. That’s not my objective here. I am sorry for your struggle. But if drug companies cannot make a profit, they will not make drugs. And then there will be nothing available, and no chance for less expensive generic drugs. That being said, I think there is certainly room for profitable drug companies and much less expensive drugs. This is a big part of the health care problem in America. It is a problem that will take better leadership, fewer lobbyists, more compassion and a lot less greed. I’m hopeful, but not very confident.
Kathy January 24, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I have visited the emergency room three times in the past year, once as the patient. The staff works diligently and professionally. In all three visits, the treatment rooms were used and the halls were lined with gurneys to treat less intrusive / less serious injuries. The extra room is needed. The funny thing about the wait is there is no way to tell if someone is able to pay, here legally or not. That was not even a thought. What I definitely know is that all patients were treated in order of severity of illness, as it should be. They've been a first-rate facility, and one MAJOR reason why I moved here 24 years ago. I'll continue to support them financially in my small way as they expand... a worthy investment in our town's future.
Kathy January 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Oh Mary, you make me smile! I feel your pain!
Kathy January 24, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Remember that emergency/ambulance patients do not go through the waiting room, but arrive in the separate vehicle entrance, so while the waiting room may not have had much change, it may be that a few emergency vehicles have brought in more serious patients. No doctors are on 24/7... some have to be called in or called down from their usual departments upstairs, especially if it's a specialist you are in need of. Also, there can be backups at the labs for bloodwork or xrays or tests. All these - and more - can affect the flow of patients through the process... in addition to the staff size.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Jim, restate your latest post without the derogatory term for children of illegal immigrants. Thank you.
Jim Rizoli January 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
You got to be kidding me! Jim@ccfiile.com
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
All writing is rewriting. Rewrite Jim without the derogatory term.
Jim Rizoli January 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I forgot what I said...Here we go again, I have to start thinking thinking....God forbid! Jim@ccfiiile.com
Tippy Doodle January 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@ Uglyhat. I am not opposed to people making a profit. The issue is and I will state it once again: THERE IS A GENERIC AVAILABLE. Why was it available until Dec. 12 2011? then taken off the formularies on Jan 1 2012? And your only option is ASTRAZENCA at 450.00 a pop? I wont pull any punches here and I will Just state it as is: GREED HAS SHOWN UP AGAIN. End of story.
UglyHat January 24, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I don't know much about how Medicare works but I suspect your conclusion is correct.
Tippy Doodle January 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Ray, Stop trying to help these people will ya? Send them over to framingham...I hear there is a gentleman that will kindly help them out....of the country. ;) lu
Tippy Doodle January 24, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Hey maybe they will put in a slot parlor in the bottom level so you can kill time while you wait?
Tippy Doodle January 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
@ Ugly Hat: Just a fyi : You pay for medicare part a and b. Then you need a supplemental coverage to cover what medicare doesn't. You also have to pay for medicare part d which is drug coverage. My total cost for everything is 487.00 a month. I am not complaining just stating what it is. You would think I would be able to get safe affordable drugs in THIS country. Bottom line, i would rather have affordable drugs available. If Not you pay for it down the road with astronomical medical expenses for treatment that might have been prevented in the first place.
concernedbutunnamed January 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I agree with Ray here...nobody should be denied care that is needed. I do agree that it is wasteful to allow the ER to be used for the purpose of diagnosing what a primary care doctor could take care of, but you also need to remember that (especially in Milford) there is nowhere else for them to go. They do not qualify for healthcare so they cannot go to a primary care doctor. The closest care clinics are in Framingham and Worcester and many of the families that I know of do not have access to a car (nor should they). I don't understand why so many people think that the undocumented immigrants live such great lives. The families I know live day to day and struggle just like the rest of us. I also would like to point out that I know more Americans who should be ashamed of their abuse of the system. I have met many who receive rental assistance, cash assistance, childcare vouchers and food stamps on top of WIC and food pantries. These are all great programs when used effectively, but they are also easily abused. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for all the same programs even though they have families to care for as well. I have met many hard-working undocumented individuals who came here to make a better life for their families. Maybe you should get to know people before stereotyping entire ethnic groups.
concernedbutunnamed January 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." Matthew 7
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Jim, the same term I told you not to use was included in the link in your new post, and the link had nothing to do with the story posted above. Do not use derogatory terms on this site, they will be deleted. Do not post unrelated links.
Jim Rizoli January 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Mary.....This is getting a little ridiculous! You now censor links? It's your hospital have fun with the illegal aliens. Jim@ccfiile.com
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Nothing is being censored. We have had a longstanding practice of deleting derogatory terms and phrases, and of deleting links to websites that have nothing to do with the story posted. It is considered spam. You have the power to choose your words more carefully, you are choosing not to.
Jim Rizoli January 25, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I actually save the post.....Lucky you.... I have no problem with helping people. The issue here is the COST to Americans as we the good people of the USA end up paying for all of this. There have been many hospitals that have gone out of business because of the "FREE" care given to illegals and actually ALL people with no health insurance not just illegals. But the illegals have fell into a gold mine here. They come with the understanding that if they are pregnant they can give birth here FREE. If they have illnesses they can't get surgery in their home country they get here FREE, you get the point? The USA has become a destination point for those who can be rest assured they will get the care they need here. I've read that Korean mothers to be, come here especially for the purpose to give birth here. This is planned out in advanced to the minute. The poor Americans are losing their homes because they don't have this free coverage, and the hospitals aren't too helpful in extending them credit. The real icing on the cake is....the illegals will get all the FREE care and then send their money back home to pay for their extended families there!!!!!! This is a travesty of justice! Jim@ccfiile.com
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 01:22 AM
thank you!
Jim Rizoli January 25, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Mary....Too bad you don't practice what you preach! I've been called every derogatory term you can say without swearing, but you seem to have no issues with that. Jim@ccfiile.com


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