Next Step Forward For The Niagara Health System Project



    Short-listed Project Teams Invited To Bid

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley
announced today that the Niagara Health System project has reached another key
milestone with the release of a request for proposals (RFP) to design, build,
finance and maintain a new health-care complex that will replace the existing
Ontario Street and St. Catharines General sites.
    "The new hospital and cancer care centre will mean better health care for
our growing, aging community," said Bradley. "Today's announcement
demonstrates the McGuinty government's commitment to providing the resources
and infrastructure that will address the health care needs of all Niagarans."
    MPP Bradley joined Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor; Dr. Carol Sawka, Vice
President of Clinical Programs at Cancer Care Ontario; Betty-Lou Souter, Chair
of the Board of Trustees; and Debbie Sevenpifer, President and CEO of the
Niagara Health System, along with hospital staff to announce the RFP release
during a sign unveiling event at the site where the new health-care complex
will be built.
    "I know first hand how difficult it is to travel outside your community,
far from home and your family, to receive specialized cancer care," said
Craitor. "I am delighted to be here, taking this important step to make life
easier for the people of Niagara."
    "Today's call for project teams brings the community of St. Catharines
and the Niagara region one step closer to having a larger facility with a
wider range of health-care services under one roof," said David Caplan,
Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. "This project is one of many in 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 the McGuinty government's plan to
modernize hospitals, reduce wait times and upgrade medical equipment in the
local community and across the province," commented George Smitherman,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "The addition of radiation treatment
alone will mean that close to 1,000 people from the Niagara region no longer
have to travel to Hamilton or Toronto for cancer care."

    
    The following three project teams were short-listed through a request for
qualifications (RFQ) issued in November 2006:

    -   Hospital Infrastructure Partners Inc. (HIP)
        - Carillion Canada
        - EllisDon Corporation
        - Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Ontario
        - Stantec/Murphy Hilgers Architects
        - Rybka, Smith and Ginsler

    -   Plenary Health (Plenary)
        - Plenary Group
        - PCL Constructors
        - Bregman+Hamann Architects
        - Silver Thomas International Architects
        - Johnson Controls
        - Deutsche Bank

    -   Infusion Health
        - Bilfinger Berger BOT
        - John Laing
        - Vanbots Construction
        - Parkin Architects/Vermeulen-Hind Architects in Joint Venture
        - Honeywell Building Solutions
        - RBC Capital Markets
    

    These teams have the construction, operational, maintenance and financial
capacity required to undertake a project of this size and complexity. Once
submissions to the RFP are received and reviewed, the successful team will be
selected. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2008.
    "Our patients and their families deserve a new modern hospital with the
programs, equipment and expertise needed for them to receive life-saving
health care right here in the Niagara region," said Debbie Sevenpifer,
President and CEO of the Niagara Health System "Thanks to the unwavering
support of our physicians and staff who have committed countless hours
developing the specifications for the hospital, partnered with commitment from
the government, we've made an important step in the direction of better
healthcare."
    "This milestone in the construction of the new regional cancer centre is
tremendous news for people living in and around Niagara," said Dr. Carol
Sawka, Vice President, Clinical Programs, Cancer Care Ontario. "Niagara Health
System already has high quality chemotherapy and cancer surgery services and
with the new centre and radiation services will soon offer the full spectrum
of high quality cancer treatment services in one location."
    Once complete, the 375-bed community hospital will serve St. Catharines,
Thorold, Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding communities with a full range of
acute/critical, surgical, emergency and ambulatory services. The new
health-care complex will also house new regional services including cardiac
catheterization, radiation treatment for cancer patients and 53 new
longer-term mental health beds. The addition of these regional services will
ensure closer-to-home access to advanced-level care for the more than 434,000
residents across the Niagara Region.
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with the Niagara Health System to
construct the new 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 Niagara
Health System project is one 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
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                            Niagara Health System

    The Niagara Health System (NHS) comprises six hospital sites and an
ambulatory care centre serving 434,000 residents across the 12 municipalities
making up the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

    The Niagara Health System Project

    The Niagara Health System project will result in a new, state-of-the-art
hospital that will replace the existing Ontario Street site and St. Catharines
General site, which is one of the oldest hospitals in Canada.

    The new health care complex to be built at First Street and Fourth Avenue
in St. Catharines will include:

    -   A 375-bed community-based hospital offering a full-range of services.

    -   Acute and critical inpatient services, surgical, emergency and
        ambulatory services available under one roof for the residents of St.
        Catharines, Thorold, Niagara-on-the-Lake and the immediate area.

    -   A new Niagara Regional Cancer Centre which will provide close to home
        treatment for the more than 1,400 cancer patients who currently
        travel to Hamilton or Toronto for life-saving radiation treatment.

    -   A new Regional Tertiary Mental Health Centre with 53 new longer-term
        mental health beds.

    -   A new Regional Cardiac Catheterization Centre.
    

    The 850,000 square-foot facility will be built on a 32-acre section of
the 40-acre site.
    The RFP for the project is expected to be released in summer 2007.





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Mandy Downes, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 327-5325; Caroline Bourque-Wiley, Niagara Health System, (905) 378-4647
x 43113


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