Milford Medical Center open house Aug. 8

MILFORD – Two years after St. Joseph Hospital changed its Milford emergency room into an urgent care facility, Milford Medical Center has moved into a new building on the existing Nashua Street campus.

Along with urgent care, the expanded facility houses a lab drawing area and a range of diagnostic imaging capabilities, including general radiology, ultrasound, and 3-D mammography.

The 19,500 square foot outpatient facility also has physical and occupational therapy, a community room and a new enclosed hallway that connects it to the existing medical building, which houses the primary care offices of SJ Family Medical Center practice and Nashua Pediatrics.

There are also six private exam/treatment rooms, a dedicated and private centralized patient registration area, outpatient rehabilitation services including physical and occupational therapy, a large rehabilitation gym with modern fitness and rehabilitation equipment and a 400 square-foot community room for local meetings and community health education classes.

One feature that the new facility doesn’t have is a pool, and after a recent tour of the building president and CEO Dr. Rich Boehler acknowledged some people are unhappy about that, but the hospital has made arrangements with Hampshire Hills for the use of their pool for therapy.

Boehler also said there is 7,000 square feet of unfinished space on the new building’s top floor that they have no plans for yet.

Staff have been suggesting ideas for the space, such as a cafe, a chiropractic office, acupuncture or counseling services.

“Over the next few months,” Boehler said, “we’ll be talking with the family practitioners about what kinds of services” are going to Nashua that could be offered here. “It’s good to have that space to give us flexibility for the future.”

There will be an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet the staff and physicians.

Urgent care is open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Last year Boehler said that patient use of Milford Medical Center has increased by 60 to 75 percent since the switch to urgent care, which offers non-emergency diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.

Hospital officials said that between 2008 and 2013 visits to the Milford ER had gone down by 43 percent and patients sought lower cost options. The Milford facility has been at 442 Nashua Street for 30 years.

For complete details about the open house, visit stjosephhospital.com.