ST. THOMAS, ON, April 1 /CNW/ - Steve Peters, MPP for
Elgin-Middlesex-London joined Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO
of St. Joseph's Health Care London, St. Joseph's staff, volunteers and
patients, community members and partners for St. Joseph's forensic
mental health care building's official groundbreaking in St. Thomas.
The St. Thomas facility will be a new 233,640 square foot hospital for
forensic mental health-care built on the existing lands in St. Thomas
and will replace the current facility. It will provide specialized
inpatient and outpatient services, including assessment, treatment,
outreach and support services to individuals with a mental illness who
have come into significant contact with the criminal justice system.
The new facility will better support staff and a recovery model of care
for patients by creating healing environments within a neighbourhood
and community setting. The model promotes individual growth and skill
development enabling patients to return to community living more
In addition to the health-care benefits, the project will also provide a
boost to the regional economy by supporting and creating jobs. At the
peak of construction, it is estimated that 200 workers will be on site
daily. Construction of the new mental health facility is expected to be
completed in June 2013.
The overall project also includes a new mental health-care facility
which will be constructed adjacent to Parkwood Hospital in London. The
Regional Mental Health Care London facility will be celebrating the
start of construction on April 8, 2011.
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS), the consortium selected to design,
build, finance and maintain the new mental health facilities represents
a joint venture between EllisDon Corporation and Fengate Capital
Management Ltd., with EllisDon also providing design build services.
The facilities were designed by Parkin Architects and architects
Tillmann Ruth Mocellin. Honeywell Limited will provide facilities
management. Scotia Capital acted as financial advisor to ITS.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with St. Joseph's to build the hospitals, which will remain
publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing
some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal
projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget. As well, it
is dedicated to providing the public sector and not-for-profit
organizations with long-term financing to renew their infrastructure.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca and www.sjhc.london.on.ca/restructuring for more information.
Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Today's announcement illustrates the government's commitment to
building modern health-care facilities that provide Ontarians with the
services they need and deserve."
Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Our government is committed to giving Ontarians and their families the
kind of high level healthcare that they expect and deserve. The new
hospital will enhance the quality of care and the quality of life for
patients and their families who rely on this specialized care."
Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Care
"These two facilities will have on vision - to help us provide the
absolute best patient care experience possible. At St. Joseph's, we are
dedicated to patients and these new buildings will offer dignified,
comfortable spaces, and allow for life affirming progress and skill
development as people journey toward recovery."
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CONSTRUCTION OFFICIALLY BEGINS ON
ST. JOSEPH'S SPECIALIZED MENTAL HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
The St. Joseph's Health Care London mental health facility projects
include the construction of two new buildings in London and St. Thomas
totalling 650, 000 square feet of new space.
The new St. Thomas facility will operate 89 beds, an increase from the
current 80 beds operating today at the site.
The new London facility will have a capacity of up to 156 patient beds
in operation with future capacity for up to 168 beds.
Both facilities will offer a range of outpatient treatments, clinics and
supports that will enhance the recovery philosophy of care, which
emphasizes treatment and rehabilitation, a shift from the traditional
These new buildings are one of many projects that are transforming the
mental health care system in Southwestern Ontario. This includes the
divestment of beds and services from St. Joseph's to hospitals in
Kitchener, Windsor, Hamilton and St. Thomas, in keeping with Ontario's
vision of providing care closer to home.
This vision also includes a shift from inpatient care to more community
based care, which requires substantive government investment. St.
Joseph's will continue to serve those from across Southwestern Ontario
who require specialized treatment. St. Joseph's mental health
facilities will also continue to offer strong teaching and research
programs in keeping with its mandate as an academic hospital.
St. Joseph's aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED®) Gold certification for the design and construction of the new
facility. LEED® standards focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas
emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
Construction of the new mental health facility in St. Thomas is expected
to be completed in June 2013 and the London facility is expected to be
completed in December 2014.
SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
| Amanda Jackman |
St. Joseph's Health Care London
519 646-6100 ext. 47155
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