New Woodstock General Hospital Reaches Another Milestone



    Short-listed Construction Teams Invited to Bid

    WOODSTOCK, ON, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - The replacement facility for the Woodstock
General Hospital project has reached another key milestone today with the
release of a request for proposals (RFP) to build, finance and manage hard
facilities at the new hospital.
    The Woodstock General Hospital project includes construction of a 178-bed
facility of approximately 350,000 square feet. The new hospital will replace
the aging, existing community hospital in Woodstock and bring expanded
regional programs and services to Woodstock and Oxford County.
    "Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's
infrastructure at an unprecedented rate," said David Caplan, Minister of
Public Infrastructure Renewal. "This project in Woodstock is part of ReNew
Ontario, the McGuinty government's $30-billion plus infrastructure investment
plan to modernize public infrastructure while ensuring value for taxpayer
dollars."
    "This project is an essential part of our government's plan to renew
hospitals and lower emergency room wait times in the local community and
across the province," commented Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care, George Smitherman. "Once complete, this new replacement
hospital will improve access to important health services so that Woodstock
residents will get the care they need, when they need it."
    The three-storey replacement hospital will provide a full-range of
clinical services including inpatient and outpatient surgical services,
therapy services, mental health, cardiorespiratory, pharmacy and laboratory
services and a digital imaging department. The new state-of-the-art facility
will include:

    
    -   A new 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation program, in partnership with
        available community agencies;
    -   Diagnostic Imaging (DI) using the latest in digital imaging
        technologies for diagnosis and reductions in patient wait times;
    -   Surgical services with five operating room theatres;
    -   Inpatient medical/surgical beds;
    -   12 critical care beds and 33 complex continuing care beds, including
        a six-bed palliative care unit;
    -   A maternal/child/women's health unit with 14 beds, including
        five birthing rooms; and
    -   Mental health beds.

    "This new replacement hospital will bring welcome improvements to health
care services for residents in the Woodstock area," said John Wilkinson,
Minister of Research & Innovation and MPP for Perth-Wellington. "Today's
announcement demonstrates our government's commitment to providing the
resources and infrastructure that will address the health care needs of Oxford
County's growing community."
    With this new facility, Woodstock General Hospital aims to provide a high
quality healing environment for its patients with improved patient comfort and
the latest technologies in bedside services and communications.
    The following building teams were short-listed through a request for
qualifications issued in June 2007 and have been invited to bid on the
project:

    -   ITS (Integrated Team Solutions) consisting of EllisDon Corp.,
        EllisDon Facility Services Fengate/LPF Infrastructure Fund and
        Honeywell;
    -   Plenary Health consisting of Plenary Group, Deutsche Bank,
        PCL Constructors and Johnson Controls; and
    -   Carillion.

    These teams have the construction, operational and financial capacity
required to undertake a project of this size and complexity. Once submissions
to the RFP are received and reviewed, a winning team will be selected in the
summer of 2008, with construction expected to begin in the fall of 2008.
    "We have been waiting for this day," said Glen McDonald, Chair, Board of
Trust. "A new facility, complete with modern equipment, will allow us to
expand programs, recruit new staff and physically improve our delivery of
quality healthcare."
    "We're moving toward groundbreaking for the new Woodstock General
Hospital," commented Natasa Veljovic, President and CEO of Woodstock General
Hospital. "Step-by-step we're getting closer to the day when our new
state-of-the-art hospital will open its doors to the growing number of people
who are making Woodstock and surrounding communities their home."
    "Replacing our current hospital with a new facility is great news," stated
Woodstock Mayor, Michael Harding. "A modern medical facility will not only
influence our community's healthcare, it will make a significant impact on our
economic growth."
    A copy of the RFP is available on line at www.infrastructureontario.ca.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Woodstock General Hospital to develop the new replacement
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.
    The project is guided by the 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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    Backgrounder

    Woodstock General Hospital, a community health care facility providing
primary care to more than 55,000 people and specialty services to over
100,000 people within Oxford County, has been serving the community since
1895. The hospital currently employs 144 doctors and 697 members of staff.
    Woodstock General Hospital's new three-storey state-of-the-art replacement
facility will replace the aging, existing community hospital in Woodstock and
bring expanded regional programs and services to Woodstock and Oxford County.
    The new 178-bed hospital will consist of approximately 350,000 square feet
of new construction on a 25-acre greenfield site in the south end of the city.
The facility will provide clinical services that encompass a full-range of
inpatient and outpatient services, therapy, mental health and
cardiorespiratory services as well as a pharmacy, laboratory and a digital
diagnostic imaging department.

    Planned services include:
    -   A new 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation program, in partnership with
        available community agencies;
    -   Diagnostic Imaging using the latest in digital imaging technologies
        for diagnosis and reductions in patient wait times;
    -   Surgical services with five operating room theatres;
    -   12 critical care beds and 33 complex continuing care beds, including
        a six-bed palliative care unit;
    -   A maternal/child/women's health unit with 14 beds, including
        five birthing rooms; and
    -   Mental health beds.
    

    With this new replacement facility, Woodstock General Hospital aims to
provide a high quality healing environment for its patients with increased
patient comfort control systems and the latest technologies in bedside
services and communications.
    The facility will provide staff with the latest technologies, permitting
enhanced responsiveness to manage changing healthcare needs and improved
communications with internal and external partners. It will greatly assist in
attracting physicians, nurses and medical professionals to Oxford County by
providing a contemporary working environment, with modern equipment.
    The new Woodstock Hospital will be the largest public sector construction
project in the area. Construction is expected to begin in fall of 2008.




For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Paulette den Elzen, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 327-5764; Vicki Davey, Woodstock General Hospital, (519)
421-4226; Natasa Veljovic, Woodstock General Hospital, (519) 421-4211


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