Building team selected for Hamilton Health Sciences' major redevelopment project at Hamilton General Hospital



    Construction to begin in October

    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Hamilton Health Sciences and Infrastructure
Ontario have selected EllisDon Corporation to build and finance the
redevelopment of the Hamilton General Hospital.
    With the addition of a new three-storey 100,000 square foot ambulatory
and outreach services building and the consolidation of the Acquired Brain
Injury and Rehabilitation services into one site, the hospital will be able to
provide more effective health services to Hamilton's expanding population.
    The team, led by EllisDon Corporation, includes financing arranged by
CIBC and Pacific & Western Bank of Canada. EllisDon Corporation provided the
best value bid and was selected from a short-list of qualified companies to
build the redevelopment project. Financial close on the project is expected
within the next few weeks, with construction following shortly after. Project
costs will be released at financial close.
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Hamilton Health Sciences to
redevelop the Hamilton General 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.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
                                 Backgrounder
    

    Hamilton Health Sciences is comprised of five hospitals and a cancer
centre and employs more than 10,000 people in the Hamilton region.

    Hamilton General Hospital

    Founded in 1848 as the first hospital in the City of Hamilton, Hamilton
General Hospital has grown to become a leading tertiary health care centre
serving people from Burlington to Brantford and from Niagara Falls to Guelph.
The General is recognized as a regional centre of excellence in
cardiovascular, stroke care, neurosciences and trauma and incorporates one of
the province's few burn treatment centres.
    Redevelopment of the Hamilton General Hospital will include the
consolidation of its current Acquired Brain Injury and Rehabilitation services
from 14 different buildings to one site, providing an additional 44 beds and
more efficient ambulatory programs.
    A new three-storey 100,000 square foot building will accommodate all
ambulatory and outreach services, including a therapy pool on the ground floor
and 91 inpatient beds on the two floors above. The new building includes a
bridge connection to the main hospital building and significant landscaping
for external therapy space on each level.

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For further information:

For further information: Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
325-2939; Jennifer Kramer, Hamilton Health Sciences, (905) 521-2100, Ext.
76088


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