Next Step Forward For The Runnymede Healthcare Centre Project



    Short-listed Construction Teams Invited To Bid

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - The Runnymede Healthcare Centre project has
reached another key milestone with the release of a request for proposals
(RFP) to build and finance a new hospital on the existing Runnymede Healthcare
Centre site.
    Once complete, the new facility will provide complex continuing care for
young and older adults, with the capacity for 200 beds. Clinical and medical
services will include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, swallowing/speech
and language pathology and audiological services, respiratory therapy,
activation and recreation therapy, social services and around-the-clock
nursing and medical care.
    "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 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 following four building teams were short-listed through a request for
qualifications (RFQ) issued in November 2006 and have been invited to bid on
the project:

    
    -   Aecon Buildings
    -   Bondfield Construction Company Ltd.
    -   EllisDon Corporation
    -   Vanbots Construction Corporation
    

    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 Fall
2007, with construction scheduled to begin shortly after.
    "We are encouraged by the government's continued support and commitment,"
said Connie Dejak, President and CEO, Runnymede Healthcare Centre. "We are one
step closer to meeting our goal of providing our patients and their families
with the best facility that we can offer, along with the exceptional care they
already receive."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Runnymede Healthcare Centre to
develop the new hospital facility, 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 Runnymede
Healthcare Centre 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.



    BACKGROUNDER
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    Runnymede Healthcare Centre originally opened in 1908 as Strathcona
Public School and the building was converted to a chronic care hospital in
1945 by the City of Toronto.
    The existing facility is a 95-bed hospital serving complex continuing
care patients. The new facility will provide complex continuing care for young
and older adults and increase capacity to 200 beds.

    
    Clinical and medical services will be enhanced to include:

    -   a full range of therapeutic services
    -   physiotherapy
    -   occupational therapy
    -   communication, swallowing and audiology therapy
    -   respiratory therapy
    -   activation and recreation activities
    -   social services
    -   around the clock professional nursing and medical care.
    

    Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure and Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Ian MacEachern, Runnymede Healthcare Centre, (416)
762-7316


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