Project Created 300 Construction Jobs at Peak
SARNIA, ON, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Bluewater Health and its partners
EllisDon Corporation and Infrastructure Ontario are pleased to announce
that substantial completion has been reached on the hospital's
redevelopment and expansion project, on schedule and within budget.
Substantial completion means that construction is complete in
accordance with the project agreement and the redeveloped facility has
been turned over to the hospital.
The largest public sector redevelopment project in Sarnia-Lambton's
history, Bluewater Health's redevelopment and expansion was designed by
Farrow Partnership and built by EllisDon Corporation. Construction
began in October 2007 and has involved the creation of a new
seven-storey addition to the existing London Building and renovations
within the Russell Building. Approximately 300 construction workers
were on-site daily at the peak of construction.
With the redevelopment project having reached substantial completion,
Bluewater Health has turned its attention to final occupancy plans.
During the week of November 21, all services presently located at the
hospital's Mitton Site will be relocated into their renovated space in
the Russell Building at the new facility. This includes Inpatient and
Outpatient Mental Health programs, Outpatient Diabetes and Clinical
Nutrition services as well as a number of support services such as
Administration, Human Resources and Finance.
Health Care Relocations, a company that specializes in hospital moves,
has been retained to coordinate the moves alongside the hospital team.
Staff is currently being trained and oriented to the new facility,
packing has begun and equipment and furnishings have been assessed and
identified for the move. Other pieces that no longer meet quality or
safety standards are being sold at public auction while some items have
been donated for local or overseas charitable efforts.
Bluewater Health continues to work with municipal and provincial
officials regarding the future use of the Mitton Site property once it
is no longer occupied by the hospital. Measures are being taken to
secure and maintain the site while its future use is reviewed.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
have worked with Bluewater Health and EllisDon Corporation to redevelop
the hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, is a 326-bed
community hospital that cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With
close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater
Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care,
allied health and ambulatory care services. State-of-the-art
facilities, which opened in 2010, contribute to Bluewater Health's
Mission: We create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and
families every time.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering
some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal
projects, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real
estate portfolios in Canada and providing real estate services, such as
asset management and property and land management; and providing the
public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing
to renew public infrastructure.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca and www.bluewaterhealth.ca for more information.
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Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"This is an important milestone for Bluewater Health and the local
community. This new facility is part of the McGuinty government's
commitment to renew Ontario hospitals. For Sarnia-Lambton residents it
will mean fast, modern and easy access to high quality health care
services, close to home."
Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"The expansion of Bluewater Health has provided families in Sarnia and
surrounding communities with a state-of-the-art healing environment and
has created jobs and economic spin-offs that have benefitted the entire
Sue Denomy, President and CEO, Bluewater Health
"Staff is pleased to be nearing the finish line of our construction
project - when all of our services in Sarnia will be located on one
site, it will be a much more convenient and efficient way to deliver
quality care. We appreciate the patience and support of the hospital
team and our community during four years of facility development, and
we look forward to delivering on our mission of exemplary patient care
at the new and renovated facility."
SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
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