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.