Contract awarded for Kingston General Hospital redevelopment project



    TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Kingston General
Hospital (KGH) announced today that they have signed a contract with PCL
Constructors Canada Inc. to build and finance the hospital's redevelopment
project.
    The building team, led by PCL Constructors Canada Inc., includes
financing arranged by The Toronto-Dominion Bank. The deal commits the PCL
Constructors Canada Inc. team to build and finance the redevelopment project
for $142.1 million; the hospital will pay PCL Constructors Canada Inc. this
amount when the project reaches substantial completion in spring 2012.
    The Kingston General Hospital project includes a 170,000 square feet of
new construction and renovations to the existing 143,000 square foot facility.
    The redevelopment project will create a more family oriented environment
and improve patients' access to cancer care and kidney dialysis. Highlights of
the redevelopment project include:

    
    -   More beds, added space and new units for:
        -  acute inpatient mental health;
        -  inpatient paediatrics;
        -  the medical surgical area allowing for more single and isolation
           rooms; and
        -  kidney dialysis: a larger 40-station in-centre unit will be
           constructed.
    -   Expanded and upgraded services for:
        -  Level 3 Intensive Care patients with:
           -  more beds (from 21 beds to a capacity of 33 beds);
           -  a family lounge area; and
           -  quiet consultation rooms.
        -  the cancer centre with:
           -  two new radiation bunkers;
           -  more than double the space for chemotherapy treatment;
           -  a specialized clinic area for paediatric patients; and
        -  the central processing services, which supports surgical services.
    

    The provincial government will fund 90 per cent of the project's eligible
construction costs, 100% of eligible planning costs, and some specialized
radiation therapy equipment. However, costs associated with other medical
equipment and furniture are funded wholly by the hospital through funds raised
by the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. At the peak of construction,
there will be more than 75 workers on site daily.
    "This marks an important milestone for Kingston General Hospital," said
George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
"This redevelopment will enhance the quality of life and quality of care for
families in the Kingston area that rely on the specialized cancer care and
kidney dialysis services provided by KGH."
    "By increasing services, patients will have better access to the care
they need close to home in comfortable surroundings," said MPP for Kingston
and the Islands, John Gerretsen. "This redevelopment project will allow the
hospital to better cope with the challenges of our aging population in
south-eastern Ontario."
    "After significant preparation, we welcome PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
and the entire construction team to KGH. In effect, we are adding space
equivalent to the new downtown K-Rock Centre and we're renovating 2.5 Memorial
Centres. We are doing this while our dedicated staff continues to provide care
to patients from across southeastern Ontario," notes Ted Darby, Vice President
of planning for Kingston's university hospitals. "We appreciate the support of
the provincial government in helping to make this much-needed major expansion
and renovations happen - it is a significant step in the renewal of our health
sciences centre."

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Kingston General Hospital to redevelop and expand 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.

    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

        Kingston General Hospital and the Cancer Centre for Southeastern
                                   Ontario

    Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is a 456-bed teaching hospital affiliated
with Queen's University, which serves more than 500,000 people in southeastern
Ontario and is home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
    KGH provides an array of specialized acute and ambulatory clinical
services including trauma, cardiac, stroke, paediatric, perinatal, end stage
renal and stem cell transplants. KGH is dedicated to compassionate, high
quality health care in an academic research environment training 1,900 health
care students annually.

    Kingston General Hospital Redevelopment Project

    Highlights of the redevelopment project include:
    -   Expansion of the Level 3 Intensive Care Unit from 21 beds up to a
        range of 33 beds. Patients will have increased access to receive the
        most urgent care needed in a family oriented environment which will
        include a family lounge area and quiet consultation rooms.
    -   Construction of a new unit for inpatient mental health will provide a
        safe treatment setting for acutely ill patients.
    -   Expansion and renovation of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern
        Ontario, including:
           -  the addition of two new radiation bunkers to increase treatment
              capacity;
           -  increasing the overall size of the Cancer Centre from
              54,445 square feet to 91,085 square feet;
           -  increasing the number of chemotherapy treatment chairs from the
              current 15 up to 39 chairs;
           -  a specialized clinic area for paediatric patients in an overall
              environment that will enhance privacy and dignity for patients.
        By increasing services, patients will have better access to the care
        they need close to home. The expansion will allow the Cancer Centre
        to better meet current patient volumes and the expected volumes in
        coming years.
    -   Construction of a new, expanded 40-station in-centre Kidney Dialysis
        Unit. The newly designed space will provide enhanced comfort, privacy
        and dignity for a growing patient population who are some of the most
        acute and fragile patients from across Ontario.
    -   A new 25-bed unit for inpatient paediatrics, where all paediatric
        care will be consolidated within a central area. Consolidating
        critical care services for paediatric patients enables staff to
        provide a seamless program of care and better access to specialist
        consultations. This portion of the overall project will result in a
        34 per cent increase in space to 18,000 square feet.
    -   A new unit for 32 medical-surgical beds. The new unit will consist of
        more single and isolation rooms than has been typical in existing
        units.
    -   Expansion and upgrade of Central Processing Services (CPS), a key
        support to surgical services. CPS provides key support including the
        cleaning, decontamination, sterilization and assembly of reusable
        instrument sets and reprocessable patient care items. At present, CPS
        processes 50,000 instrument trays a year.
    

    An improved work environment and modernized facilities will help Kingston
General Hospital retain and attract some of the brightest caregivers,
students, clinicians and researchers. The Kingston General Hospital project
will comprise 170,000 square feet of new construction and more than
143,000 square feet of renovations. The project will be implemented in three
phases to ensure continuous operation of the hospital.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
325-2939; Julie White, Kingston General Hospital, (613) 549-6666, Ext. 4245


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