Building team selected to redevelop St. Joseph's Hospital



    Construction to begin in May 2007

    TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - St. Joseph's Health Care, London and
Infrastructure Ontario have selected D. Grant & Sons Limited to build and
finance the redevelopment of the acute/ambulatory care facility at
St. Joseph's Hospital.
    This is the first phase of a multi-phased project that will increase the
hospital's capacity to meet the needs of London's growing and aging
population.
    "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 modernizing Ontario hospitals and stimulating economic growth."
    "This is a sign of our government's commitment to modernize and expand
health care infrastructure to improve access to quality health care," said
George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
    The building team, led by D. Grant & Sons Limited includes financing
arranged by RBC Capital Markets.
    Approximately 81,175 square feet will be renovated in this phase of the
project. Services and facilities to be provided in the redeveloped centre
include:

    
    -  urgent care
    -  cataract suite
    -  urology
    -  endocrinology and diabetes services
    -  short-stay facilities
    -  records storage
    

    "The McGuinty government is committed to improving services and providing
the facilities and health care we all need," Deb Matthews, London North Centre
MPP. "Not only is this project great news for improved health care in our
region, but it also brings economic opportunity and jobs to our community."
    "Our staff, volunteers and the community have been incredibly supportive
of this project," said Cliff Nordal, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health
Care, London. "London and area residents will benefit from improved access to
care, state-of-the-art facilities and an improved environment for our future
health care professionals and scientists. We're all looking forward to getting
construction underway."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with St. Joseph's Health Care, London 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 St.
Joseph's Health Care, London 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.

    
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                                 BACKGROUNDER

                       St. Joseph's Health Care, London
    

    St. Joseph's Health Care, London (SJHC) is a patient care, teaching and
research centre comprised of St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount
Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Regional Mental Health Care, London and
Regional Mental Health Care, St. Thomas. SJHC provides acute ambulatory care,
rehabilitation, specialized mental health care, care of the elderly and
complex continuing care.
    The St. Joseph's Health Care, London redevelopment project is
multi-phased, consisting of three significant renovations to existing
buildings. Phases one and two are in development. Phase three is scheduled to
commence in early 2009.

    St. Joseph's Hospital Ambulatory Care Renovations, Phase One
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    Phase one of the project involves the redevelopment of the
acute/ambulatory care facility at the St. Joseph's Hospital site.
Approximately 81,175 square feet will be renovated in phase one of the
project. Services to be housed in the redeveloped facility include:

    
    -  urgent care
    -  cataract suite
    -  urology
    -  endocrinology and diabetes services
    -  short-stay facilities
    -  records storage
    

    Construction of Phase One is expected to begin in May 2007.

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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; Linda Whitmore, St. Joseph's Health Care London,
(519) 646-6100, Ext. 65294


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