Building team selected to redevelop Hôpital Régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital



    SUDBURY, ON, March 9 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Hôpital régional
de Sudbury Regional Hospital (HRSRH) have selected EllisDon Corporation to
build and finance the hospital's redevelopment project. This is Phase Two of
the project that will consolidate all hospital-based acute and rehabilitation
services from three sites to one.
    "We're very pleased that a building team has been selected, paving the
way for construction to begin," said Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister
David Caplan. "This project demonstrates that our government is fulfilling its
commitment to modernize Ontario hospitals and stimulate economic growth."
    Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and MPP for
Sudbury, also announced today that EllisDon Corporation will begin site
mobilization right away and construction will begin within one to two weeks.
    "This is an exciting step forward for the hospital and our entire
community," said Bartolucci. "This project is part of our government's plan to
modernize hospitals, increase access to health care professionals and upgrade
medical equipment across Ontario."
    "Modernizing Ontario's hospital infrastructure is an integral part of
improving our health care system," said George Smitherman, Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care. "Our investment will provide facilities that are modern,
well-maintained, safe and comfortable for patients."
    The building team, led by EllisDon Corporation also includes financing
arranged by the Royal Bank of Canada.

    
    Highlights of the redevelopment project include:
        -  A new emergency department
        -  17 operating rooms
        -  An expanded intensive care unit
        -  Modernized medical equipment
        -  New Dialysis Stations
        -  Expanded cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac rehabilitation
           services
        -  Enhanced rehabilitation services for physiotherapy, respiratory
           and speech
    

    "We are excited that construction is almost ready to begin. Over the next
few days, there will be a lot of activity on the site as the building team
mobilizes for construction," said Vickie Kaminski, HRSRH President and CEO.
"We also look forward to the day when our staff and physicians can provide
quality, state-of-the-art care for our patients within a one-site regional
hospital system."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Sudbury Regional 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 Sudbury
Regional 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
    

    Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital (HRSRH) serves over 530,000
residents across Northeastern Ontario. HRSRH's regional programs cover cardiac
care, oncology, nephrology, trauma and rehabilitation. HRSRH has more than
3,200 employees, 600 volunteers and a medical, dental and midwifery complement
of over 250. HRSRH cares for more than 130,000 patients annually, with almost
30 per cent coming from outside Sudbury.

    HRSRH Redevelopment Project, Phase Two

    Phase Two of the HRSRH redevelopment project will consolidate all
hospital-based acute and rehabilitation services from three sites into one.
    Phase Two will include additional intensive care beds and mental health
beds, renovations to operating rooms and birthing facilities, a new emergency
department, and other diagnostic and support departments.

    
    Highlights of the redevelopment project include:
        -  A new emergency department
        -  17 operating rooms
        -  An expanded intensive care unit
        -  Modernized medical equipment
        -  New dialysis stations
        -  Expanded cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac rehabilitation
           services
        -  Enhanced rehabilitation services for physiotherapy, respiratory
           and speech
    

    Once completed, the hospital will accommodate 429 acute and
rehabilitation beds.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Laura Blondeau, Minister Bartolucci's Office, (705)
564-7454; Viviane Lapointe, Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital,
(705) 523-7118


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