Quinte Health Care project reaches financial close



    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - The start of construction of Quinte Health Care
Bellville General is on track to begin this month with the announcement that
M. Sullivan & Son Limited and its partners have achieved financial close,
which signals that the project contracts and financing are finalized for Phase
I of the hospital's redevelopment.
    "A tremendous milestone was reached today -- a milestone which paves the
way for improved access to health care in Hastings and Prince Edward
Counties," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan. "The
final contract is signed demonstrating that the McGuinty Government has
delivered on its commitment to the community."
    "The redeveloped hospital in Belleville will meet the needs of a growing
population and provide a modern facility for local residents," said Minister
of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "By investing in hospitals, we
are helping to ensure that first class health services are available to all
Ontarians."
    The deal commits M. Sullivan & Son Limited to build and finance the
hospital's expansion and renovation project. The cost of the contract is
$72.2 million, which will be paid only when construction is completed. The
total project budget, which includes other costs related to the project such
as furniture, equipment, permits, architectural and engineering fees, and
transaction costs, will be released as part of a Value for Money (VFM) report.
The VFM report, which will be posted on Infrastructure Ontario's website,
along with the project contract, within six months of financial close,
provides an assessment of the benefits or value derived using AFP as compared
to a traditional procurement model.
    Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2007 and is expected to be
completed in early 2010.

    
    Redevelopment of Quinte Health Care includes:
    -   construction of a new wing at the Belleville site
    -   expansion of the complex continuing care and rehabilitation units
    -   a small addition to expand the intensive care unit
    -   redeveloping support services such as food services
    -   new facilities for the Children's Treatment Centre
    -   an increase in overall hospital capacity of 77 beds
    

    In future phases, Quinte Health Care plans to renovate and redevelop the
emergency department, hospital laboratory, surgical suites and medical and
mental health units at Quinte Health Care Belleville General.
    "This investment will help Quinte Health Care to better meet the health
care needs of our community," said Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs Leona Dombrowsky, also MPP for Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and
Addington.
    "The Quinte Health Care project demonstrates our government's commitment
to providing the resources and infrastructure to serve the health care needs
of our community," said Ernie Parsons, MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings.
    "This agreement ensures that the hospital is built to the highest
standards in the agreed timeframe for a fixed price," said Lloyd Churchill,
Chair, Board of Directors, Quinte Health Care. "I truly thank members of our
community, hospital staff, and the government for their strong commitment and
support, which made this project possible."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Quinte Health Care to redevelop the
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 policy framework, which ensures public ownership of core
assets such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities. The
Quinte Health Care 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
    

    Quinte Health Care (QHC) consists of four fully accredited hospitals,
serving more than 150,000 residents of Prince Edward and Hasting Counties. The
hospitals include QHC Belleville General, QHC North Hastings, QHC Prince
Edward County Memorial and QHC Trenton Memorial.
    The 211-bed QHC Belleville General facility currently provides primary
and secondary care and offers a full range of clinical and diagnostic
services, a 24-hour-a-day emergency department, support services and outreach
programs.

    Quinte Health Care Redevelopment, Phase I

    Phase I of the Quinte Health Care redevelopment will modernize and
increase the capacity of Quinte Health Care Belleville General.
    The redevelopment project provides for the addition of a new six-story
wing (Sills Wing) to accommodate the relocation and expansion of the complex
continuing care and rehabilitation units, new facilities for the Children's
Treatment Centre, and a small addition to expand the Intensive Care Unit.
    Overall, the hospital's capacity will increase by 36 per cent, from 77
beds to a total of 288 beds. This includes a 40 per cent increase in ICU beds,
a 100 per cent increase in complex continuing care beds and an 88 per cent
increase in acute rehabilitation beds.

    
    The renovation and expansion project will also include:

    -   over 150,000 of new construction, increasing the existing hospital
        size by 34 per cent

    -   the renovation of 22,000 square feet, resulting in 175,500 square
        feet of total redeveloped space

    -   a number of design measures to support responsible
        energy/environmental design, including heat recovery, variable speed
        systems, building/shell systems and computerized controls.
    

    In future phases, Quinte Health Care plans to redevelop the emergency
department, hospital laboratory, surgical suites and medical and mental health
units at Quinte Health Care Belleville General.
    Construction of Phase I is expected to begin in March 2007.

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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; Susan Rowe, Quinte Health Care, (613) 969-7400 ext.
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