Milford Hospital is expected to merge with Bridgeport Hospital, officials from both hospitals said in a joint announcement on Wednesday, June 6.

The announcement came within a few days of Milford Hospital President Joseph Pelaccia tendering his resignation from the job, citing “personal reasons.”

The statement said that the move was being made “to sustain strong access to high quality care and enhanced operational efficiency.” But officials said that the process of joining the two hospitals under a single management umbrella is still in in its early stages and will require approval from various state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as full board approvals.

“This isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight,” said Karen Kipfer, Milford Hospital spokesperson.

She couldn’t say whether Pelaccia’s resignation was linked to the planned integration, and only knew that his resignation was submitted and accepted on Monday, and that personal reasons were given as the cause.

The plan is for Milford Hospital to be acquired by Bridgeport Hospital. Current Milford Hospital employees, including those represented by organized labor, would become employees of Bridgeport Hospital. Bridgeport Hospital has agreed to recognize all existing labor relationships.

Bridgeport Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health.

“We deeply respect the board, leadership and employees of Milford Hospital and look forward to the opportunity to develop an extraordinary partnership,” said Bridgeport Hospital president and CEO William M. Jennings. “We have clearly demonstrated that we can ensure access to high quality acute care for patients in Milford and surrounding communities through our IRU, and by working together, we are confident that we can deliver a bright future for Milford Hospital in the years ahead, even as the current healthcare environment challenges all providers.”

“I am grateful to the Milford Hospital Board of Directors and management for their leadership and their commitment to the patients and community they serve. We will be proud to welcome Milford Hospital to our Health System and we look forward to a long and successful future together,” added Richard D’Aquila, president of Yale New Haven Health in a prepared statement.