Construction team gears up to work on the Rouge Valley Health System's redevelopment project



    Facility to deliver more effective family centred care

    TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Aecon Buildings, the project team selected to
build and finance the Rouge Valley Health System's Ajax and Pickering Hospital
redevelopment project, has begun construction at the community hospital.
    Over the next several months, Aecon Buildings will focus on constructing
a new south parking lot and interior renovations.
    "This is an exciting time for our hospital, with the construction team
onsite and having equipment arriving daily. We can already see the changes
beginning to take place," said Rik Ganderton, President and CEO, Rouge Valley
Health System. "I would like to thank our hospital physicians, staff,
volunteers, fundraisers, donors and the community for their support. This
major redevelopment will allow us to provide greater access to health care for
our growing communities in west Durham."
    The Phase One redevelopment of the Ajax and Pickering Hospital includes a
combination of 140,000 square feet of new construction and renovations.
Project highlights include:

    
    -   An expanded, 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 larger complex continuing care unit with capacity for 30 beds; and
    -   Redesigned space for the diagnostic imaging and cardiac diagnostic
        areas.
    

    Aecon Buildings will be paid $63,941,270 to redevelop the Ajax and
Pickering Hospital when substantial performance (when the facility is ready
for occupancy) is achieved. Construction is expected to be completed by summer
2010. Throughout construction, an average of 75 workers will be on site daily
and there will be economic spin-offs to the community in the form of material
purchases from local businesses.
    An official groundbreaking ceremony will be announced shortly.
    Infrastructure Ontario is 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.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
                         Rouge Valley Health System
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    Rouge Valley Health System consists of several sites, including two
hospitals: Rouge Valley Centenary, in east Scarborough; Rouge Valley Ajax and
Pickering, in west Durham Region. Together a team of doctors including 224
general practitioners and 325 specialists, more than 1,000 nurses and many
other professionals, care for a broad spectrum of health conditions.
    The Rouge Valley Health System serves the healthcare needs of some
529,000 residents in the Ontario communities of east Toronto (Scarborough),
Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Durham Region and more.

    Rouge Valley Health System Redevelopment Project

    The Phase One redevelopment of the Rouge Valley Health System's Ajax
Pickering Hospital renews the main hospital with more than 65,000 square feet
of renovations and more than 75,000 square feet of building expansion.

    
    New and expanded services include:

    -   A new Emergency Department with capacity for 60,000 patient visits
        per year;
    -   Nine more beds in the adult inpatient area of mental health;
    -   A new expanded laboratory;
    -   An ambulatory care unit for outpatient clinic visits, a fracture
        clinic, outpatient procedures, medical day care and pre-admit visits;
    -   A Complex Continuing Care Unit with a capacity for 30 beds for
        patients who are transitioning from acute care to long-term care or
        to their home; and
    -   Redesigned space for the Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiac Diagnostic
        areas.
    

    The redevelopment project will enable the Ajax and Pickering hospital to
accommodate Durham Region's expanding population and deliver more effective
family centred care for a broad range of health conditions.
    Over the Rouge Valley Health System's Ajax and Pickering Hospital
construction project, there will be an average of 75 workers on site daily.

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For further information:

For further information: Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
325-2939; David Brazeau, Rouge Valley Health System, (416) 284-8131, Ext.
4010


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