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Successor to Milford Regional Medical Center's President and CEO Announced

Dec 29, 2014 05:04AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Ed Kelly, Milford Regional Medical Center's New President & CEO

    Milford Regional Medical Center's Board of Trustees has selected Edward J. Kelly as the corporation's president and CEO effective January 1, 2016. Currently, Kelly is president of Milford Regional. He will succeed CEO Francis M. Saba, who has served as both president and/or CEO at Milford Regional since 1990. The president and CEO positions will be combined when Kelly assumes the position in 2016.
    "It is with great pleasure that the board announces our unanimous decision to choose Ed Kelly as successor to Frank Saba in the important role as Milford Regional's president and CEO," says John Burns, chairman of Milford Regional's board of trustees. "Milford Regional has had the good fortune of cultivating strong leadership that ensures Milford Regional's continued stature as one of the region's premier healthcare systems. Having worked closely together for over 20 years, Frank and Ed share the same mission and
vision for the hospital as well as the communities it serves. We are confident that Ed will build upon the outstanding foundation set by Frank during
his remarkable tenure at Milford Regional."
    Kelly's career in healthcare, which spans more than 30 years, has included senior level positions at MetroWest Medical Center; Leonard Morse Hospital; as well as managerial positions at Leonard Morse; St. Elizabeth's Hospital; and Beth Israel Hospital. He came to Milford Regional in 1993 as chief financial officer and was promoted to executive vice president in 1998. Ten years later, Kelly was named president of Milford Regional. He directs and manages all day to day operations of the hospital and is currently overseeing the new, $54 million building project (which will include a new emergency department, intensive care unit and private patient rooms) slated to open in the fall of 2015.
    During his tenure at Milford Regional, Kelly played a key role in the development of Tri-County Medical Associates (the Medical Center’s affiliated physician practice group); the merger with the Visiting Nurse Association of the Greater Milford/Northbridge Area; and the renovation and construction of numerous projects including the new Cancer Center with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; the Patient Care Center; and the cardiac catheterization lab.
    "I look forward to working with Ed over the next year to ensure a seamless transition in leadership," says Milford Regional CEO Frank Saba. "Our success at Milford Regional has come from great physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers, a very supportive community, and a management structure that encourages teamwork that fosters the growth and development of the individual members of the team. My years with Ed as both mentor and colleague give me every confidence in the board's decision to select him as my successor. I could not be happier for both Ed and our healthcare system."
    For more information on Milford Regional Medical Center, go to their Web site at

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