First patients move into new tower at Sudbury Regional Hospital



    Construction milestone celebrated

    SUDBURY, ON, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Minister of Community Safety and
Correctional Services and MPP for Sudbury Rick Bartolucci and Sudbury Regional
Hospital announced today that the first clinical floor in Sudbury Regional
Hospital's South Tower is now occupied. On November 21, 2007, more than 40
acute medical patients moved into the tower.
    "The redevelopment of Sudbury Regional Hospital is important to everyone
in the community and I'm pleased with the progress that is being made." said
Bartolucci. "We are one step closer to realizing the completion of the
one-site hospital project thanks to the ongoing partnership between the
McGuinty government and our community partners. Our hospital will be completed
on time and on budget and we, in advocacy should be very proud of that."
    This is the first unit to be permanently moved into the future one-site
hospital. Other patients are expected to be moved into the tower over the
coming months and occupancy will be complete in late 2009.
    "This marks an important milestone for us. With the first hospital
patients moved into our new tower, we are able to see our one-site regional
hospital becoming a reality," said Sudbury Regional Hospital President and
CEO, Vickie Kaminski. "This redevelopment project will allow our physicians
and staff to provide the highest quality of care for our patients."
    The construction of the South Tower was part of the phase one
redevelopment project.
    Construction of phase two of the project began in March 2007 and will
consolidate all hospital-based acute and rehabilitation services from three
sites to one. This project will help to improve health care services by
providing:

    
        -  A new emergency department
        -  17 operating rooms
        -  An expanded intensive care unit
        -  Modernized medical equipment
        -  New Dialysis Stations
        -  Expanded cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac rehabilitation
           services
        -  Enhanced rehabilitation services for physiotherapy, respiratory
           and speech
    

    Construction is expected to be completed in late 2009.

    Infrastructure Ontario is working with Sudbury Regional Hospital 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.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Viviane Lapointe, Hôpital régional de Sudbury
Regional Hospital, (705) 523-7118; Laura Blondeau, Minister Bartolucci's
Office, (416) 325-4973


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