Building team selected for Runnymede Healthcare Centre project



    Construction to begin in fall 2007

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Runnymede Healthcare Centre and Infrastructure
Ontario have selected Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. to build and finance
a new hospital on the existing Runnymede Healthcare Centre site to replace the
older facility.
    Once completed, the new hospital will provide complex continuing care to
adults of all ages and increase the number of beds from 95 to 200. Enhanced
clinical and medical services will include a full range of therapeutic
services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, communication and
swallowing therapy, audiology services, respiratory therapy, customized
dietary programs, recreation therapy and social services.
    The team, led by Bondfield Construction Company Ltd., includes financing
arranged by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board. Financial close on the
project is expected within the next few weeks, with construction following
shortly thereafter. Project costs will be released at financial close.
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Runnymede Healthcare Centre 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.
    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
    

    Runnymede Healthcare Centre originally opened in 1908 as Strathcona
Public School. The building was converted to a chronic care hospital in 1945
by the City of Toronto.
    The existing facility is a 95-bed hospital serving complex, continuing
care patients. The new facility, to be constructed on Runnymede Healthcare
Centre's current site, will increase capacity to 200 beds and provide complex
continuing care for adults.
    
    The following clinical and medical services currently offered will be
expanded and enhanced:
    -  a full range of therapeutic services;
    -  physiotherapy;
    -  occupational therapy;
    -  communication, swallowing and audiology therapy;
    -  customized dietary programs;
    -  respiratory therapy;
    -  activation and recreation activities;
    -  social services;
    -  pharmacy; and
    -  around the clock nursing and medical care.
    

    Construction is expected to begin in fall 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 325-7409; Connie Dejak, Runnymede Healthcare Centre, (416) 762-7316
extension 220


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