MILFORD, Mass.A new Cancer Center at Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center has opened its doors as part of a push targeting the Boston suburbs. The 54,000-square-foot, $25 million facility is a collaboration between 121-bed Milford Regional and
27-bed Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and 746-bed Brigham and Womens Hospital, both in Boston. The center will provide care to roughly 20 Boston suburbs and is part of a larger plan for Dana-Farber and Brigham and Womens to establish a suburban presence, according to news reports. Under the arrangement, Milford Regional will provide diagnostic imaging and laboratory testing, Dana-Farber will oversee medical oncology services and Brigham and Womens will manage radiology oncology services.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.The poor fiscal health of New Jersey hospitals apparently has hit the radar of the states residents. In a survey of 1,104 adults, 32% said they considered themselves very worried about hospital closures overall and one-half expressed at least some worry about hospitals closing in their area. Residents of urban municipalities are more likely to be very worried about hospital closures than residents of nonurban areas, according to the study, which was conducted in June and July 2007. Also, 44% said they were very worried about hospital preparedness in the event of a mass-casualty emergency. The telephone poll of a scientific sample of land-line and cell phone users was conducted by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.