Bidders Short-listed For Kingston General Hospital Redevelopment Project



    Project Attracts Industry Interest

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Kingston General
Hospital have short-listed six companies to build and finance the
redevelopment of the hospital and the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
    "We are pleased to see the construction industry's interest in taking
part in this project," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David
Caplan. "Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's
infrastructure at an unprecedented rate. Competitive interest in public
projects will ensure value for taxpayers' dollars as we build strong,
prosperous communities."
    "This is a sign of our government's commitment to modernize and expand
health care infrastructure to improve access to quality health care," said
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman.

    
    The following companies have been short-listed for this project:

    -   Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.
    -   Carillion Canada Inc.
    -   EllisDon Corp.
    -   M. Sullivan & Son Limited
    -   PCL Constructors
    -   Vanbots Construction Corp.
    

    A Request for Qualifications was issued on April 4, 2007. The process
identified bid teams with the development, construction and financial capacity
required to undertake projects of this size and complexity.
    The short-listed companies will be invited to respond to a request for
proposals (RFP) for the project, which is expected be issued in late summer
2007.
    "Our government's investment in Kingston-area hospitals is important to
everyone in our community," said Kingston and The Islands MPP John Gerretsen.
"Projects like this one at the Kingston General Hospital improve Ontario's
healthcare system and support our quality of life."
    "This is an exciting time for us as we move forward with our plans to
redevelop Kingston General Hospital and the Cancer Centre for Southeastern
Ontario," said Kingston General Hospital President and CEO Joe de Mora. "We
will continue to work toward meeting the growing health care needs of our
community."
    The Kingston General Hospital Redevelopment Project will comprise 164,000
square feet of new construction and 145,000 square feet of renovations of both
the hospital and Cancer Centre for Southeastern Ontario. Highlights of the
redevelopment project include:

    
    -   Construction of a new, expanded 40-station in-centre Kidney Dialysis
        Unit;
    -   a new 25-bed unit for inpatient pediatrics, where all pediatric care
        will be consolidated;
    -   Expansion of the Level 3 Intensive Care Unit from 21 beds up to 33
        beds;
    -   Increased chemotherapy treatment chairs from the current 15 up to 39
        chairs; and
    -   The addition of two new radiation bunkers to increase cancer
        treatment capacity.
    

    By increasing services, patients will have better access to the care they
need close to home in comfortable surroundings. The expansion and
redevelopment will allow the hospital to better meet current patient volumes
and the expected volumes in coming years.
    Infrastructure Ontario is working with Kingston General Hospital to
redevelop the 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.
    This project is guided by principles outlined in the Province's Building
a Better Tomorrow framework, which ensures public ownership of core assets
such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities. The Kingston
General Hospital project is one of many infrastructure projects being upgraded
and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year, $30-billion
plus public infrastructure investment plan.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.



    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

    Kingston General Hospital and the Cancer Centre for Southeastern Ontario
    

    Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is a 456-bed teaching hospital affiliated
with Queen's University, which serves more than 500,000 people in southeastern
Ontario and is home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
    KGH provides an array of specialized acute and ambulatory clinical
services including trauma, cardiac, stroke, paediatric, perinatal, end stage
renal and stem cell transplants. KGH is dedicated to compassionate, high
quality health care in an academic research environment training 1,900 health
care students annually.

    
    Kingston General Hospital Redevelopment Project

    Highlights of the redevelopment project include:

    -   Expansion of the Level 3 Intensive Care Unit from 21 beds up to a
        range of 33 beds. Patients will have increased access to receive the
        most urgent care needed in a family oriented environment which will
        include a family lounge area and quiet consultation rooms.
    -   Construction of a new unit for inpatient mental health will provide a
        safe treatment setting for acutely ill patients.
    -   Expansion and renovation of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern
        Ontario, including:

        -  the addition of two new radiation bunkers to increase treatment
           capacity;
        -  increasing the overall size of the Cancer Centre from 54,445
           square feet to 91,085 square feet;
        -  increasing the number of chemotherapy treatment chairs from the
           current 15 up to 39 chairs;
        -  a specialized clinic area for paediatric patients in an overall
           environment that will enhance privacy and dignity for patients.

        By increasing services, patients will have better access to the care
        they need close to home. The expansion will allow the Cancer Centre
        to better meet current patient volumes and the expected volumes in
        coming years.
    -   Construction of a new, expanded 40-station in-centre Kidney Dialysis
        Unit. The newly designed space will provide enhanced comfort, privacy
        and dignity for a growing patient population who are some of the most
        acute and fragile patients from across Ontario.
    -   A new 25-bed unit for inpatient paediatrics, where all paediatric
        care will be consolidated within a central area. Consolidating
        critical care services for paediatric patients enables staff to
        provide a seamless program of care and better access to specialist
        consultations. This portion of the overall project will result in a
        34 per cent increase in space to 18,000 square feet.
    -   A new unit for 32 medical-surgical beds. The new unit will consist of
        more single and isolation rooms than has been typical in existing
        units.
    -   Expansion and upgrade of Central Processing Services (CPS), a key
        support to surgical services. CPS provides key support including the
        cleaning, decontamination, sterilization and assembly of reusable
        instrument sets and reprocessable patient care items. At present, CPS
        processes 50,000 instrument trays a year.
    

    An improved work environment and modernized facilities will help Kingston
General Hospital retain and attract some of the brightest caregivers,
students, clinicians and researchers. The Kingston General Hospital project
will comprise 164,000 square feet of new construction and 145,000 square feet
of renovations. The project will be implemented in three phases to ensure
continuous operation of the hospital. A request for proposals is expected to
be released in fall 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Kingston General Hospital, Julie
White, (613) 549-6666, Ext. 4245; Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
325-2939


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