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New $770k Milford health center will be funded by MetroWest, Central Mass. health foundations

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  March 28, 2013 02:18 PM

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Framingham-based MetroWest Health Foundation will announce Friday that the organization will give $400,000 in grant money to build a new $770,000 health center in Milford, an area where the primary physician workforce is sharply declining, according to foundation officials.

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts will also announce $827,000 in grants Friday for the planning and construction of the center.

The funding for the health center comes in light of reported declining rates of physicians in the state, particularly in the central Massachusetts region, according to foundation officials.

The new 5,000 square foot health center will be located in a plaza at 42 Cape Rd. in Milford, and will serve as a satellite campus of Milford's Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.

The MetroWest Health Foundation's grant will go towards building and operating the new health center.

The new health center is expected to open in fall 2013, according to foundation officials.

The central Massachusetts foundation provided a portion of the $827,000 to the Milford Regional Medical Center in 2011 to start the Greater Milford Health Access Coalition, which identified building a new health center as the best way to improve access to health care.

Citing the Massachusetts Medical Society, foundation officials said the physician workforce faces significant shortages in primary care physicians, and that 94 percent of community hospitals have difficulty filling job vacancies.

Friday's event will feature speakers from the two local health foundations, state Sen. Richard Moore, and US Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, who represents the Milford area and whose great uncle is the community health center's namesake.

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