It was business as usual at Milford Hospital last Wednesday, or so it would seem to patients, visitors and others entering the Seaside Avenue institution. Behind the scenes though, July 1 marked the opening of the Yale New Haven Hospital Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at Milford Hospital, an unprecedented collaboration between the two institutions
After months of planning and preparation, the first patients were admitted to the center, where they will recover from an array of conditions requiring intensive rehabilitation.
Patients will be cared for by Yale New Haven Hospital physicians and nurses. Milford Hospital will provide ancillary support and emergency services.
“Our combined talent and joint mission will surely lead to the success of this unique collaboration,” said Joseph Pelaccia, Milford Hospital President and CEO. “I have no doubt that together we will help heal the patients convalescing in this facility.”
This collaboration is neither a merger nor an acquisition, but rather a joint effort to enhance access to care, while allowing Milford Hospital to remain a viable and independent institution, hospital officials said.
Hospitals across the state and the country continue to face challenges with declining inpatient volumes and historic cuts in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.
“As healthcare providers we recognize the challenge in providing excellent care while trying to achieve regulatory and financial objectives,” said Pelaccia. “Institutions can no longer compete for patients. They must work together creatively to maximize quality and efficiency expected by patients. I am proud that, together with Yale New Haven Hospital, we are uniquely positioned to lead the healthcare field in this endeavor.”