Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre completed on time and on budget

HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Hamilton Health Sciences announced today the Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, formerly known as McMaster Children's Health Centre has reached substantial completion.

The new Centre will open with full operations and services to patients in late November.

Located on Wellington Street in Hamilton, the Centre will be fully accessible and will include an outdoor wheeling track, a therapeutic playground and physiotherapy space. It will bring together a number of programs currently located at Hamilton Health Sciences' Chedoke site, including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Services
  • Child and Youth Mental Health Program
  • Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Program
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics

The new Centre will provide the space to accommodate the delivery of patient- and family-focused service and individualized programming. Together, these programs will accommodate approximately 70,000 visits annually.

The building is uniquely designed to suit the needs of its patients and families. With a spacious four-storey atrium, full height windows, and outdoor terraces, the facility makes the best use of natural light. Colourful furniture, accent walls and textural materials encourage a joyful and inviting environment, while rooms have been designed for comfort of patients and visitors. The overall design of the facility is intended to create a space where children, youth and adults will feel welcomed, engaged, and encouraged while receiving the best in care.

PCL Partnerships was selected to deliver the project and construction began in May 2014. The new facility was completed on time and on budget and at the peak of construction, approximately 120 construction workers were on site daily.

IO, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster Children's Hospital worked together to deliver the project.


Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"This is an important milestone for Hamilton Health Sciences and the local community. We look forward to the official opening of the Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre. For patients, it will mean a comfortable, modern and welcoming atmosphere while getting access to high quality health care services, close to home."

Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
"The new Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre will provide high quality care in an atmosphere designed for children. This is such an important project and it will serve this community and beyond for many years to come."

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, President, McMaster Children's Hospital
"We are incredibly excited to reach substantial completion and looking forward to opening the doors of the Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre in late November. This will change the way healthcare is provided to our patients, by utilizing a space designed to enhance both physical and emotional wellbeing. We are focusing on completing the final details in preparation for a successful opening day."

Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
"Infrastructure Ontario is pleased to have partnered with Hamilton Health Sciences to deliver this state-of-the-art children's centre using the Alternative Financing and Procurement model. We take a great deal of pride in seeing this project completed because we know the immediate, positive impact it will have on the community."

Mike Wieninger, Senior Vice President and District Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
"Our PCL design-build team shares Hamilton Health Sciences' vision of a new era in children's developmental health, and we take great pride in knowing that our hard work will help provide a new experience for children and families requiring care at the Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre. Congratulations to all of the project partners."


IO is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement. IO also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.

McMaster Children's Hospital – Designated as a provincial Children's Hospital in 1988, McMaster Children's Hospital has become a leader in evidence-based and family-focused care for babies, children and teens. It provides emergency, trauma, cancer and other acute care for Hamilton and surrounding regions, as well as treatment in specialized out-patient clinics. McMaster Children's Hospital is also the regional provider of mental health treatment for children and youth, with both inpatient and outpatient services, as well as an Eating Disorder program. Premature and seriously ill newborns are cared for in the state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the largest in Ontario and the site of ground-breaking research into the long-term effects of premature birth. Children's developmental health programs, such as autism and rehabilitation services, will be located in the newly built Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre.

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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

For further information: Contacts: Adam Cotter, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-212-0637; Agnes Bongers, Hamilton Health Sciences, 905-521-2100 Ext. 76056

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