Contract Signed With Building Team To Renovate And Expand Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre



    Construction Set to Begin in May

    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has signed a
contract with Vanbots Construction Corporation to build and finance
Sunnybrook's M-Wing Shell and Perinatal & Gynaecology project, paving the way
for construction to begin.
    The redevelopment project will expand Sunnybrook's capacity to provide
care for some of the most critically-ill newborns and high-risk pregnancies in
the province by integrating these services into the hospital's critical care
system.
    "We're very pleased the project has reached this milestone," said Public
Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan. "Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Centre is another concrete example of our government's commitment to modernize
Ontario hospitals and stimulate economic growth."
    "Ontario's hospitals are an integral part of our health care system,"
said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "Our investment
will provide a higher standard of care in facilities that are modern,
well-maintained, safe and comfortable for patients."
    The building team, led by Vanbots Construction Corporation, also includes
financing arranged by Stonebridge Financial Corporation.
    "The McGuinty government is committed to improving services and providing
facilities and health care we need," said Kathleen Wynne, Don Valley West MPP.
"We are looking forward to moving ahead with the Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Centre project, which will provide much-needed space for the highly
specialized Perinatal and Gynaecology program."
    The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre expansion project will create four
additional floors above the existing clinical services wing. Two of the new
floors will accommodate an expanded Perinatal and Gynaecology Program,
providing for 68 beds, 48 bassinets and approximately 4,250 births per year. A
state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will also be located in the new
facilities.
    "Our staff and volunteers are thrilled to see that construction is almost
ready to begin," said Leo Steven, President and CEO of Sunnybrook Health
Sciences Centre. "These four additional floors will further enhance
Sunnybrook's role as critical care central for Ontario. The addition of a
state-of-the-art Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit and expanded capacity for
high-risk births will provide greater service for growing communities north
and east of the GTA."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
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.
    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. The
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre project is one of many infrastructure
projects being upgraded and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's
five-year, $30-billion plus infrastructure investment plan.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.


    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
    

    With more than 8,500 staff members, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
provides acute inpatient care, inpatient chronic care, palliative care and
nursing care, as well as outpatient services.
    Sunnybrook operates approximately 1,275 inpatient beds, which includes
533 veteran beds and 74 bassinets.

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, M-Wing Shell and Perinatal and
    Gynaecology Project

    The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre M-Wing expansion project will
create four additional floors above the existing clinical services wing. Two
of the floors will be the new home of Sunnybrook's Perinatal and Gynaecology
Program, including a state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
    Two of the floors will provide space for the Perinatal and Gynaecology
Program, which will provide:

    
    -   68 beds,
    -   48 bassinets
    -   for approximately 4,250 births per year.
    

    Proposed plans for the other two floors are still under review.
    The project will expand Sunnybrook's capacity to provide care for some of
the most critically-ill newborns and high-risk pregnancies in the province by
integrating these services into the hospital's critical care system. The
Perinatal and Gynaecology program currently handles around 4,000 births a
year, about 25 per cent of which are high-risk pregnancies. The Neo-Natal
Intensive Care Unit cares for one in five of all babies born in Ontario
weighing less than three pounds.
    Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure and Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Laura Bristow, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,
(416) 480-6100 ext.2663


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