Five Companies are Short-Listed for London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London Projects



    Project Attracts Industry Interest

    TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario, London Health Sciences
Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph's Health Care, London (SJHC) have short-listed
five companies to build and finance redevelopment and consolidation projects
at the hospitals.
    "We are pleased to see such interest from the construction industry in
taking part in this project," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal
David Caplan. "Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's
infrastructure at an unprecedented rate. These improvements will be made in a
way that ensures value for taxpayers' dollars as we build strong, prosperous
communities."
    "This is a sign of our government's commitment to modernize and expand
health care infrastructure to improve access to quality health care," said
George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

    The following companies have been short-listed for these projects:

    
    -  Carillion Canada Inc.
    -  EllisDon Corporation
    -  PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
    -  SNC Lavalin Engineers & Constructors Inc./ Bondfield Construction
       Company Limited
    -  Vanbots Construction Corporation
    

    A Request for Qualifications was issued on November 3, 2006. The process
identified bid teams with the development, construction and financial capacity
required to undertake projects of this size and complexity.
    The short-listed companies will be invited to respond to a Request for
Proposals (RFP) for the projects. The RFP is expected be issued in Summer
2007.
    "Projects like this improve Ontario's healthcare system and support our
quality of life," said Christopher Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities and MPP for London West. "The government's investment in
London-area hospitals is important to everyone in our community."
    "The government is committed to improving health care facilities across
Ontario," said Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre. "These redevelopment
projects will allow our hospitals to continue to play a vital role in
providing quality care and treatment."
    "This is an exciting time for us as we move ahead with our plans to
redevelop LHSC and SJHC," said Cliff Nordal, President and CEO of LHSC and
President and CEO of SJHC. "We will continue to work hard in order to meet the
growing health care needs of our community."
    At SJHC, the project involves Phase 2 of St. Joseph's Hospital's
ambulatory care renovations. The renovations will provide space for the
following services:

    
    -  endoscopy
    -  city-wide ophthalmology services (which will be transferred from
       London Health Sciences Centre to SJHC)
    -  ear, nose and throat
    -  ambulatory gynecology
    -  diabetes/endocrinology
    

    At LHSC, the project involves the completion of approximately 465,000
square feet of shelled-in space in the North tower at Victoria Hospital that
will provide new, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as approximately
100,000 square feet of renovations to the existing facilities. The finished
space will accommodate:

    
    -  new clinic, inpatient and administrative areas for paediatric care
    -  women's care, including a new birthing centre (which will be
       transferring from SJHC)
    -  child, adolescent and adult inpatient and outpatient mental health
       care
    -  adult medical/surgical inpatient care
    -  specialized clinical laboratories

    Additional space will also be provided for:

    -  diagnostic radiology and nuclear imaging services
    -  a 350-seat auditorium with associated teaching facilities
    -  support space, including a cafeteria
    

    Infrastructure Ontario is working with LHSC and SJHC to redevelop the
hospitals, 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.
    These projects are 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
LHSC and SJHC projects are two of many infrastructure projects being upgraded
and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year, $30-billion
plus public infrastructure investment plan.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.


    
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                                 BACKGROUNDER

                       St. Joseph's Health Care, London
    

    St. Joseph's Health Care, London (SJHC) is a patient care, teaching and
research centre comprised of St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount
Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Regional Mental Health Care, London and
Regional Mental Health Care, St. Thomas. SJHC provides acute ambulatory care,
rehabilitation, specialized mental health care, care of the elderly and
complex continuing care.
    The St. Joseph's Health Care, London redevelopment project is
multi-phased, consisting of three significant renovations to existing
buildings. Phases one and two are in development. Phase three is scheduled to
commence in early 2009.

    St. Joseph's Hospital Ambulatory Care Renovations, Phase Two
    ------------------------------------------------------------

    Phase two involves the development of approximately 112,000 square feet
of renovated space and 4,000 square feet of new space. These renovations will
provide new space for the following services:

    
    -  endoscopy
    -  city-wide ophthalmology services (which will be transferred from
       London Health Sciences Centre to SJHC)
    -  ear, nose & throat
    -  ambulatory gynecology
    -  diabetes/endocrinology

    Construction of Phase Two is expected to begin in early 2008. This phase
of the project will run concurrently with a project at London Health Sciences
Centre.

                        London Health Sciences Centre
    

    Located in London, Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has
three sites: South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital;
two family medical centres; and the London Regional Cancer Program. LHSC is
the home of the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and Canadian Surgical
Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR). LHSC is affiliated with the
University of Western Ontario.
    LHSC's almost 9,000 physicians and staff provided care for more than
one million patient visits last year, including 140,000 emergency visits,
800,000 outpatient visits and 40,000 inpatient visits.

    North Tower Fit-Out and Renovations

    LHSC's redevelopment project will consolidate all patient care and
teaching services at the University and Victoria Hospitals, allowing for the
closure of the aged South Street Hospital.
    The project will involve the completion of approximately 465,000 square
feet of shelled-in space in the North tower at Victoria Hospital that will
provide new, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as approximately
100,000 square feet of renovations to the existing facilities.

    The finished space will accommodate:

    
    -  a new clinic and inpatient and administrative areas for paediatric
       care
    -  women's care, including a new birthing centre (which will be
       transferred from St. Joseph's Health Care, London)
    -  child, adolescent and adult inpatient and outpatient mental health
       care
    -  adult medical/surgical inpatient care
    -  specialized clinical laboratories

    Additional space will also be provided for:

    -  diagnostic radiology and nuclear imaging
    -  a 350-seat auditorium with associated teaching facilities
    -  support space, including a cafeteria
    

    Construction is expected to begin in early 2008. This project will run
concurrently with Phase Two of the Ambulatory Care Renovations at St. Joseph's
Health Care, London.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Linda Whitmore, St. Joseph's Health Care London,
(519) 646-6100, Ext. 65294; Sarah Corrigan, London Health Sciences Centre,
(519) 685-8500, Ext. 77062


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