Construction Begins at Sudbury Regional Hospital



    SUDBURY, ON, March 23 /CNW/ - Hospital officials, community leaders and
health care partners gathered today to celebrate the official start of
construction for the Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital (HRSRH)
one-site hospital. The event marked the beginning of phase two construction.
    "The government is committed to improving Ontario's health care system by
rebuilding hospitals," said Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development
and Mines and MPP for Sudbury. "The redevelopment of Sudbury Regional Hospital
is important to everyone in the region and we're pleased to see construction
of phase two underway. Our hospital will be a state-of-the-art facility that
will continue to play a vital role in providing health care and treatment to
residents of our community."
    "I would like to thank our hospital staff, physicians, volunteers,
community leaders, health care partners, donors, and, of course, the community
for their generous support for this project," said Gisele Chretien, Chair of
the HRSRH Board of Directors. "This truly is a celebration for us. We are
looking forward to this project being completed and our one-site hospital
being available for all members of our community."
    Over the next two and a half years, EllisDon Corporation will build and
finance phase two of the hospital's redevelopment project. Construction is
expected to be completed in late 2009.
    Phase two of the project will consolidate all hospital-based acute and
rehabilitation services from three sites to one. This project will help to
improve health care services by providing:

    
    -  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
    

    "This project is not only about bringing all of our hospital services
together, but also all of our people - combining their expertise, skills and
talent under one comprehensive approach to patient care," added HRSRH
President and CEO, Vickie Kaminski.
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with HRSRH 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 HRSRH
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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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Viviane Lapointe, Hôpital régional de Sudbury
Regional Hospital, (705) 523-7118; Paul Prosperi, Minister Bartolucci's
Office, (705) 564-7453


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