LONDON, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - The Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care and MPP for London North Centre, the
Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal
Affairs and MPP for London West, and Khalil Ramal, MPP for London -
Fanshawe joined Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health
Care London, St. Joseph's staff, volunteers, patients, community
members and partners for St. Joseph's specialized mental health care
building's official groundbreaking ceremony in London.
The new 420,000 square-foot facility will be constructed adjacent to
Parkwood Hospital in London. Its programs will accommodate services
mood and anxiety disorders
The project also includes the construction of a new forensic mental
health-care facility on the existing lands in St. Thomas, which will
replace the current facility. A groundbreaking ceremony was held to
celebrate the start of construction in St. Thomas on April 1, 2011.
The new facilities will better support staff and provide a recovery
model of care for patients by creating healing environments, in a
neighbourhood and community setting, which will allow for individual
growth and skill development. This will enable patients to return to
community living more successfully.
In addition to the health-care benefits, the project will also provide a
boost to the regional economy by supporting and creating jobs. At the
peak of construction, it is estimated that approximately 200 workers
will be on site daily. Construction of the new mental health facility
is expected to be completed in December 2014.
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) the consortium selected to design,
build, finance and maintain the new mental health facilities,
represents a joint venture between EllisDon Corporation and Fengate
Capital Management Ltd., with EllisDon also providing design build
services. The facilities were designed by Parkin Architects and
architects Tillmann Ruth Mocellin. Honeywell Limited will provide
facilities management. Scotia Capital acted as financial advisor to
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with St. Joseph's to build the hospitals, 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. As well, it
is dedicated to providing the public sector and not-for-profit
organizations with long-term financing to renew their infrastructure.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca and www.sjhc.london.on.ca/restructuring for more information.
Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP for
London North Centre
"Our government is committed to providing people with mental illness
access to the services they need. We're pleased to have invested in the
new St. Joseph's specialized mental health care building where patients
will receive necessary support to improve their lives and return to the
Hon. Chris Bentley, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
MPP for London West
"Investing in our health care infrastructure is a great way to stimulate
our economy, create jobs and build stronger and healthier communities."
Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Today's announcement illustrates the government's commitment to
building modern health-care facilities that provide Ontarians with the
services they need and deserve."
Khalil Ramal, MPP for London - Fanshawe
"This project will provide enormous health-care benefits for our
community. Now that it is under construction, it will also help create
jobs and spur economic development throughout the region."
Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Care
"These two facilities will have one vision- to help us provide the
absolute best patient care experience possible. At St. Joseph's, we
are dedicated to patients and these new buildings will offer dignified,
comfortable spaces, and allow for life affirming progress and skill
development as people journey toward recovery."
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CONSTRUCTION OFFICIALLY BEGINS ON
ST. JOSEPH'S SPECIALIZED MENTAL HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
The St. Joseph's Health Care London mental health facility projects
include the construction of two new buildings in London and St. Thomas
totalling 650, 000 square feet of new space.
The new St. Thomas facility will operate 89 beds, an increase from the
current 80 beds operating today at the site.
The new London facility will have a capacity of up to 156 patient beds
in operation with future capacity for up to 168 beds.
Both facilities will offer a range of outpatient treatments, clinics and
supports that will enhance the recovery philosophy of care, which
emphasizes treatment and rehabilitation, a shift from the traditional
These new buildings are one of many projects that are transforming the
mental health care system in Southwestern Ontario. This includes the
divestment of beds and services from St. Joseph's to hospitals in
Kitchener, Windsor, Hamilton and St. Thomas, in keeping with Ontario's
vision of providing care closer to home.
This vision also includes a shift from inpatient care to more community
based care, which requires substantive government investment. St.
Joseph's will continue to serve those from across Southwestern Ontario
who require specialized treatment. St. Joseph's mental health
facilities will also continue to offer strong teaching and research
programs in keeping with its mandate as an academic hospital.
St. Joseph's aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED®) Gold certification for the design and construction of the new
facility. LEED® standards focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas
emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
Construction of the new mental health facility in St. Thomas is expected
to be completed in June 2013 and the London facility is expected to be
completed in December 2014.
SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
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| St. Joseph's Health Care London || || Infrastructure Ontario |
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