Construction offically begins on the Royal Victoria Hospital Phase 1 Expansion Project



    BARRIE, ON, April 24 /CNW/ - Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll joined hospital
officials, community members and health care partners today to celebrate the
official start of construction of the Royal Victoria Hospital Phase 1
Expansion Project.
    The Royal Victoria Hospital Phase 1 Expansion Project will help to ensure
timely access to services and to meet the needs of a growing population. The
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 Royal Victoria's expansion project is vital for our community," said
Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll. "The expansion of RVH demonstrates our government's
commitment to provide enhanced health care resources and facilities to serve
the needs of local residents and people across Ontario."
    "This is an exciting and historic day in RVH's history and a milestone
which people throughout our region are celebrating," said Janice Skot,
President and CEO of Royal Victoria Hospital. "The Phase I Expansion is the
largest capital project in Simcoe Muskoka history and, once completed, will
allow us to better meet the needs of our growing population by bringing
expanded services and care closer to home."
    The project team, led by Vanbots signed a contract for $258.5 million
with the hospital to build and finance the redevelopment project. The contract
guarantees a fixed price and fixed completion date. Construction of the new
addition and cancer centre is expected to be completed in fall 2011, with the
significant renovations to the existing hospital completed by spring 2013.
    During the construction period, the project will create spin-off jobs and
stimulate economic development that will benefit everyone in the region. At
the peak of construction, more than 200 workers will be on site daily.
    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.

    
                                 Backgrounder
    

    Founded in 1891 as the Barrie General Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital
(RVH) has grown to become the largest hospital in Simcoe County and the
District of Muskoka. It serves a huge geographical area that includes not just
Simcoe County, but Muskoka and Parry Sound. While the programs and services
offered by RVH are vast, it specializes in cancer care, surgical services -
particularly orthopedic surgery including Simcoe County's Arthroplasty Intake
Clinic for Total Joint Disease - and mental health services. RVH is also the
site of the region's Enhanced District Stroke Centre.
    Royal Victoria Hospital has a team of more than 200 physicians and 2,100
staff members, and benefits from the outstanding support of 1,100 volunteers.
The current site on Georgian Drive was opened in 1997, housing just fewer than
300 beds.

    Phase 1 Expansion Project

    Royal Victoria Hospital's Phase 1 Expansion Project will double the size
of the existing facility and will include the addition of the Simcoe Muskoka
Regional Cancer Centre. This new cancer centre will provide comprehensive care
to more than 2,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year 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
    -   expansion space for two future patient care units.

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For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 325-7409; Suzanne Legue, Royal Victoria Hospital, (705) 728-9090
extension 41600


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