Request for qualifications issued for Women's College Hospital



    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - The Women's College Hospital redevelopment
project reached a significant milestone today with the release of a request
for qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain the new
facility.
    Women's College Hospital will be a new, state-of-the-art academic
ambulatory care facility, constructed on Grenville Street in downtown Toronto.
It will consolidate most hospital activities into one location and improve
medical services for women. It will be Ontario's first independent academic
ambulatory hospital.
    The RFQ is the first step in the process to select a team to design,
build, finance and maintain the new facility.
    "This is an important milestone for the community and for Women's College
Hospital," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
Infrastructure. "With a commitment of more than $5 billion, we now have more
than 100 new and existing hospitals in various stages of expansion and upgrade
across Ontario, which represents the biggest investment in health care
infrastructure in more than a generation."
    "The Women's College Hospital project is an essential part of the
government's commitment to renew hospitals," said David Caplan, Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care. "This project will enable excellence in healthcare,
research and teaching and will benefit women across Ontario."
    "We are thrilled to reach this important milestone," said Marilyn Emery,
President and CEO, Women's College Hospital. "Our new building will enable us
to fulfill our mandate as Ontario's first standalone academic ambulatory
hospital, while continuing to champion state-of-the-art healthcare for women
and their families."
    RFQ submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the
design, construction and facilities management experience, the qualified
personnel and the financial strength to deliver a project of this size and
complexity. Pre-qualified teams will then be invited to respond to a request
for proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility,
which is expected to be released in mid 2009.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Women's College Hospital to develop 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.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
    Disponible en français

    Backgrounder


                         The Women's College Hospital

    The Women's College Hospital will be a new, state-of-the-art academic
ambulatory care facility, constructed on Grenville Street in downtown Toronto.
The hospital will be Ontario's first and only independent ambulatory hospital
and will be the provincial leader in women's healthcare, education and
research.

    Highlights include:

    -   consolidation of primary care, chronic disease management, surgical
        services, diagnostics and mental health programs all delivered on an
        ambulatory basis
    -   a rapid diagnostic model for women's health in an ambulatory setting
        and improved medical and diagnostic imaging services
    -   comprehensive services in breast, thyroid and skin cancers
    -   development of an Academic Ambulatory Surgical Centre
    -   expanded research units to facilitate women's health research
    -   co-location of research, education and patient care spaces to create
        stronger links between researchers, educators and clinicians
    -   improved patient experience with more privacy and effective movement
        of people
    

    The new hospital, which will replace existing outdated buildings, will be
the nucleus of the discovery district for women's health and a Centre of
Excellence with Ambulatory Education.
    The new building will enable the Women's College Hospital to fulfill
their mandate as Ontario's first and only stand-alone academic ambulatory care
hospital, while continuing to champion state-of-the-art healthcare for women
and their families.





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Energy
and Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 327-5325; Maureen Adamson, Women's College Hospital, (416) 323-7328


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890