Contract awarded for Lakeridge Health's Oshawa hospital redevelopment project



    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Lakeridge Health (LH)
announced today that the hospital network has signed a contract with Aecon
Buildings and Concessions, divisions of Aecon Group Inc. (Aecon), to build and
finance the LH Oshawa hospital redevelopment project. Financial close signals
that all contractual steps have been completed and construction can begin.
    The redevelopment project will increase capacity in a number of inpatient
areas, including medical/surgical, dialysis, birthing and paediatrics,
rehabilitation and child, adolescent and adult mental health. As well, the
hospital will be able to accommodate additional surgical cases, emergency and
ambulatory visits.
    The building team, led by Aecon, includes financing arranged by
Stonebridge Financial Corporation. The contract commits the Aecon team to
build and finance the redevelopment project for $91.5 million which will be
paid by the hospital when construction is completed. Construction will begin
in February and will be completed in spring 2011. At the peak of construction,
there will be more than 300 workers on site daily. Aecon is committed to using
local trades as much as possible.
    Lakeridge Health will continue to operate and maintain the facility.
    "This marks an important milestone for Lakeridge Health," said George
Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "This
redevelopment project will provide residents of Oshawa and the surrounding
area with a wider range of health care services in a larger facility."
    "This is incredible news for our patients, staff, physicians, volunteers
and our community. On behalf of every one of them, I would like to thank the
provincial government for their support of this important building project,"
said Doug Allingham, Chair of Lakeridge Health's Board of Trustees. "This
investment by the government and the donors to the Oshawa Hospital Foundation
will be instrumental in this expansion of patient care services and welcome
news to our community," added Kevin Empey, President and CEO of Lakeridge
Health.
    "Our businesses and community have always generously supported our
hospital and the important services it provides," said Chuck Powers, Chair of
the Oshawa Hospital Foundation. "And in these challenging times when
healthcare will be called upon even more, I am confident our donors will be
there again for our patients," added Jim Szeman, the Foundation's CEO.

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Lakeridge Health Corporation to redevelop and expand the Oshawa
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.

    
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    Backgrounder
    

    Lakeridge Health's Oshawa hospital provides community and regional health
care to residents in Durham region and is home to the Durham Regional Cancer
Centre.
    It has comprehensive services for cancer, laboratory, diagnostic imaging,
rehabilitation and base hospital/advanced life support. The 330-bed hospital
is one of the busiest acute care community hospitals in Ontario, responding to
more than 60,000 emergency visits and delivering more than 18,000 surgeries a
year.

    
    Lakeridge Health's Oshawa Redevelopment Project

    The redevelopment project will include:

    -   New construction of two additional floors on the South Infill,
        expanding the hospital by approximately 17,700 square feet;
    -   Capacity of up to 216 new beds;
    -   The fit-out of six in-patient floors above the Durham Regional Cancer
        Centre; and
    -   Renovations to the A, F and G Wings and Central Sterilization and
        Reprocessing Department for the cleaning, repair and sterilization of
        medical equipment.
    

    This project will increase the capacity of Lakeridge Health's Oshawa
hospital in a number of inpatient areas, including medical/surgical,
rehabilitation and child, adolescent and adult mental health. As well, the
hospital will be able to accommodate additional surgical cases and emergency
and ambulatory visits.
    Lakeridge Health Oshawa is being redeveloped in phases to ensure the
continuous operation of the hospital.





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
325-2939; Leigh Winn-Kruck, Lakeridge Health, (905) 576-8711, Ext. 4317


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