WORCESTER – UMass Memorial Health announced on Tuesday that it reached an agreement for corporate affiliation with Milford Regional Medical Center, including Milford Regional Physician Group.
The agreement requires regulatory approval from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. UMass says that could take up to nine months. The two have been clinically affiliated since 1991.
“We are excited to take this step forward in the process to form a corporate affiliation with Milford Regional, which will build upon UMass Memorial’s longstanding collaboration with this exceptional organization,” said UMass Memorial Health President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Dickson, MD.
The key provisions of the agreement include:
- Preserving Milford Regional Medical Center as an acute care hospital offering inpatient and outpatient services, ensuring access to high quality, local care for the Milford community;
- Supporting strategic capital investment in facilities, equipment and other infrastructure to support clinical care and the local community;
- Integrating Milford Regional into the Epic electronic medical record system;
- Maintaining Milford Regional’s role as an employer of choice in the local/regional market, and enhancing Milford’s ability to address ongoing workforce challenges; and
- Retaining a local community board of trustees, with Milford Regional having representation on the UMass Memorial parent board.
“Agreeing upon the key terms of our corporate affiliation moves us closer to the growth and expansion necessary for Milford Regional to advance its community-focused mission,” said Milford Regional Medical Center President and CEO Edward J. Kelly. “This is the right time, UMass Memorial Health is the right partner, and we have the right deal to pave the path for our promising future.”
Milford Regional is a full service, regional teaching hospital serving over 20 towns with 148 beds and over 300 primary care and specialty physicians. In 2015, it opened a 78,0000 square-foot buldi9ng that houses a new emergency and intensive care units, and new private patient rooms.
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