Building team selected for the Royal Victoria Hospital Phase 1 Expansion project



    BARRIE, ON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Royal Victoria Hospital and Infrastructure
Ontario have selected Vanbots, a Division of Carillion Construction Inc., to
build and finance the hospital's Phase I Expansion project, which includes the
addition of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre.
    The Royal Victoria Hospital Phase I Expansion project will nearly double
the size of the existing hospital, adding more than 400,000 square feet of new
space. It will provide a regional cancer centre to bring services closer to
home for cancer patients throughout Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.
    The project will help the hospital to ensure timely access to services
and to meet the needs of a growing population. It will provide:

    
    -   the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, which will log more than
        60,000 patient visits in its first year
    -   capacity for 101 additional inpatient beds
    -   an Emergency Department that will triple in size and have a trauma
        unit, isolation ward and mental health crisis team
    -   an expanded laboratory
    -   a Diagnostic Imaging Department that will double in size to increase
        patient flow and privacy
    -   two additional operating rooms that are larger than existing suites
        for complex surgeries
    -   a dedicated seven-bed Coronary Care Unit for critically ill cardiac
        patients.
    

    Financing for the Royal Victoria Hospital project is being arranged by
Norddeutsche Landesbank Gironzentrale; National Australia Bank Limited;
National Bank of Canada Inc.; CIT Financial Ltd.; Banco Espirito Santo de
Investimento SA; Toronto Dominion Bank; and Bank of Montreal. Financial close
is expected in the coming weeks, with construction following shortly
thereafter. The project cost will be released at financial close.
    "Renewing our hospitals is an essential part of ensuring quality health
care for Ontario's future," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "This project is part of the
government's five-year $30-billion-plus infrastructure investment plan, which
represents the biggest investment in health care infrastructure in more than a
generation."
    "Once complete, the expanded hospital will improve access to important
health services so that residents of this community will get the care they
need, when they need it," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care.
    "This project is an example of the McGuinty government's commitment to
building a health care system that keeps Ontarians healthy," said Barrie MPP
Aileen Carroll.
    "The extraordinary support of the province and the people of our
community is making the dream of an expanded Royal Victoria Hospital a
reality," said Janice Skot, President and CEO of Royal Victoria Hospital.
"This milestone means we're one step closer to bringing care closer to home
for patients across our region."
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Royal Victoria 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.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 325-7409; Suzanne Legue, Royal Victoria Hospital, (705) 728-9090
extension 41600


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