Celebrating construction start on the Rouge Valley Health System's Ajax and Pickering Hospital



    AJAX, ON, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Construction of a major expansion at the Rouge
Valley Health System's Ajax and Pickering Hospital is underway and to mark its
start the hospital is celebrating. Staff, doctors and volunteers from the
Rouge Valley Health System's Ajax and Pickering Hospital joined Deputy Premier
and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, George Smitherman, Wayne Arthurs,
MPP Pickering-Scarborough East, Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax-Pickering and residents
today at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction at the community
hospital.
    With the combination of 140,000 square feet of new construction and
renovations, the Ajax and Pickering site will become a larger, more modern
facility housing many expanded and redesigned services. It will have a new
Emergency Room that will speed up emergency care and reduce wait times for
services.
    "Today we're celebrating the great future for health care in Ajax and
Pickering and across Ontario," said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care,
George Smitherman. "Ontarians deserve the very best health care facilities we
can offer and it's exciting for us to move forward with the expansion and
redevelopment at the Rouge Valley Health System."

    
    New and expanded services at the Ajax and Pickering hospital include:

    -   A new emergency department;
    -   An expanded adult inpatient mental health unit;
    -   A new ambulatory care unit for outpatient clinic visits, a fracture
        clinic, outpatient procedures, medical day care and pre-admit visits;
    -   A new laboratory;
    -   A complex-continuing care unit with capacity for 30 beds; and
    -   Redesigned space for the diagnostic imaging and cardiac diagnostic
        areas
    

    "Today's groundbreaking is an exciting day for our community," said MPP
Arthurs. "The start of construction on the redevelopment and expansion of the
Ajax and Pickering Hospital demonstrates our government's commitment to
providing continued access to great health care here in Durham Region."
    "The redevelopment of Ajax and Pickering Hospital will accommodate Ajax
and Pickering's expanding population and deliver more effective family-centred
care for a broad range of health conditions," said MPP Dickson. "A more
modern, expanded hospital will serve the hundreds of thousands of people who
call Ajax and Pickering home."
    "Today's celebration is a result of a vision long shared by our staff,
our doctors, our many volunteers and the community to expand and modernize our
hospital." said Tom Atkins, Board Chair of Rouge Valley Health System. "And
today, we've taken another exciting step toward that vision."
    Aecon Buildings is responsible for building and financing the project.
Construction is expected to be completed by early fall of 2010. Over the
course of construction there will be an average of 75 workers on site daily.
    "It's really a very exciting day, especially when you consider the many
benefits this project generates for our community," said Rik Ganderton,
President and CEO, Rouge Valley Health System. "There are the obvious health
care benefits as well as many economic spin-offs that come as a result of the
construction phase and the ability to attract highly skilled professionals to
our state-of-the-art hospital."
    KPMG LLP completed a value for money (VFM) assessment and projected an
estimated $11.3 million (12.8 per cent) million in savings compared to the
estimated cost using a traditional procurement model.
    The VFM report is available on Infrastructure Ontario's website along
with the project agreement. The VFM report provides a summary of the project
costs, including the cost of the contract with Aecon Buildings, transaction
costs and other ancillary costs.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with the Rouge Valley Health System to redevelop the Ajax and
Pickering 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Infrastructure Ontario, Anne Boody,
(416) 325-2939; Rouge Valley Health System, David Brazeau, (416) 284-8131,
Ext. 4010


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