A preferred proponent is selected for the Bridgepoint Hospital project



    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Bridgepoint Health and Infrastructure Ontario
announced today that Plenary Health Bridgepoint (Plenary) is the preferred
proponent selected to design, build, finance and maintain the new Bridgepoint
Hospital in Toronto, which will replace the existing facility.
    Expressly designed to serve people in need of rehabilitation services and
living with complex chronic disease and disability, the new hospital will be
10 storeys high, with larger rooms, state-of-the-art space for therapies, a
capacity for 472 beds and be approximately 600,000 square feet in size.
Additionally, the historic Don Jail will be incorporated into the new site.
The interior will be refurbished, preserving its historical significance, into
the administrative and education centre for the hospital. It will be open to
the public, on a prescribed basis.
    "We're closer than ever to seeing work begin on our much needed hospital
in Toronto for people living with complex chronic disease and disability,"
said Marian Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bridgepoint Health.
    The request for proposals issued in July 2008 resulted in the selection
of Plenary as the preferred proponent. The Plenary team includes Plenary
Group, HDR Architects/Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., PCL Constructors Inc.,
Johnston Controls Inc., Innisfree and RBC Capital Markets.
    Following negotiations with Plenary, the project will reach commercial
close, which is expected within two months. This will signal that relevant
contracts have been signed. The next project milestone, financial close, will
follow shortly after commercial close. At this time, a financing rate will be
set, the project's cost finalized and funds made available for the project.
Project costs will be announced publicly following financial close of the
project. Construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter.

    Bridgepoint Health, in Toronto, provides patient care, research and
teaching in the specialized field of complex chronic disease prevention and
management - one of the most important health care challenges of the 21st
century. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, Bridgepoint Health
includes Bridgepoint Hospital, the Bridgepoint Family Health Team, the
Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, and the Bridgepoint
Health Foundation.

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Bridgepoint Health to develop the new hospital, 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.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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    Backgrounder

                             Bridgepoint Health
    

    Founded in 1860 as the House of Refuge, Bridgepoint Health currently
focuses on providing a continuum of care for people who require specialized
complex care and rehabilitation. Bridgepoint Health employs approximately
1,200 staff and consists of Bridgepoint Hospital, the Bridgepoint Family
Health Team, the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, and
the Bridgepoint Health Foundation.
    Bridgepoint is in the final stages of procuring a team to design, build,
finance and maintain a new hospital specifically designed for patients
affected by multiple life-long illnesses such as advanced diabetes with
complications, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, stroke and other
complex diseases.
    The new hospital will be 10 storeys high, have a capacity for 472 beds
and be approximately 600,000 square feet in size. Additionally, the historic
Don Jail will be incorporated into the new site. It will be refurbished on the
interior, preserving its historical significance, into the administrative and
education centre for the hospital. It will be open to the public, on a
prescribed basis.
    The new hospital will offer:

    
    -   Patient rooms designed specifically for complex care and complex
        rehabilitation needs;
    -   New therapy and rehabilitation space on every floor providing
        patients with improved access to therapy;
    -   New clinical space serving in-patients and out-patients and offering
        access to leading clinicians;
    -   Increased room space per patient to meet Provincial standards; and
    -   Classrooms and a lecture hall to support clinical education, and
        research.
    

    The new hospital will relieve the congestion of the current hospital
building, upgrade patient treatment capabilities through the use of advanced
medical and information technologies and enhance Bridgepoint Health's teaching
and research capabilities.
    Construction is expected to begin in late summer 2009.





For further information:

For further information: Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
327-5325; Maureen Buchanan, Bridgepoint Health, (416) 461-8252 x 2927


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