New Regional Rehabilitation Centre will enhance patient care



    HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP for Hamilton
Mountain, joined hospital officials, community members and health care
partners today to celebrate the opening of the Regional Rehabilitation Centre
at the Hamilton General Hospital campus of Hamilton Health Sciences.
    "This is an exciting day for everyone at Hamilton Health Sciences and our
region," said Aggelonitis. "The government's investment in the Regional
Rehabilitation Centre consolidates current services to one site. The new
Centre will give rehabilitation patients access to expanded programs and
services in a fully accessible, state-of-the-art healing environment."
    The new 100,000-square-foot Regional Rehabilitation Centre will have 91
inpatient beds providing care to stroke, spinal cord injury, amputee, trauma,
neurobehavioral and acquired brain injury rehabilitation patients.

    
    The building has many unique features including:

    -   an accessible bridge connection to Hamilton General Hospital allowing
        patients and staff better access to acute medical and clinical
        services and resources;
    -   patient rooms designed to accommodate wheelchairs;
    -   a four level pool for one-on-one therapy;
    -   onsite patient resources including an office of the Canadian
        Paraplegic Association;
    -   outpatient and occupational therapy clinics; and
    -   a patient and family resource centre.
    

    A first of its kind in Canada, the outdoor therapeutic track at the
Regional Rehabilitation Centre is designed for inpatients to practice their
therapy on different surfaces such as stone, wood and pavement in all weather
conditions.
    "This is a proud day for all of us at Hamilton Health Sciences. We have
been looking forward to this new building for many years," said Murray Martin,
President and CEO at Hamilton Health Sciences. "Our new rehabilitation centre
will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our patients and the quality
of care we can provide."
    Rick Hansen, who wheeled around the world to raise awareness about the
potential for people with disabilities and founder of the Rick Hansen
Foundation said, "Congratulations for this incredible realization of an
amazing dream. The new centre will allow patients to think about the
possibilities for their future and to believe they can live life to their
fullest potential. My Man In Motion World Tour challenged the world to make
our society more accessible to people with disabilities and this new centre is
a wonderful tribute to that legacy."
    Construction on the new centre at Hamilton General Hospital began in
November 2007 and the project was completed on time and on budget. At the peak
of construction, there were more than 250 workers on site daily. Patients and
staff will move into the Regional Rehabilitation Centre within weeks.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
worked with Hamilton Health Sciences to build the Regional Rehabilitation
Centre at Hamilton General 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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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Energy
and Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 325-2939; Jennifer Kramer, Hamilton Health Sciences, (905) 521-2100,
Ext. 76088


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