Toronto Rehabilitation Institute's south wing to be demolished to make way for expansion



    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Public
Infrastructure Renewal joined Mark Rochon, President and CEO of the Toronto
Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) to officially begin the demolition of
the south wing to ready the hospital's University Centre for its capital
redevelopment project.
    Work to prepare the south wing for demolition has been completed. It
included limited internal renovations to allow for the relocation of staff and
patient care services from the south wing to the east and north wings of
University Centre. The hospital continues to provide all of its specialized
services at University Centre.
    Toronto Rehab's University Centre capital redevelopment project,
scheduled to begin this summer, includes construction of a new 13-storey
patient care and research tower and further renovations to the existing
12-storey east wing and four-storey north wing.
    These changes will result in over 17,000 square feet of new dedicated
research space to house the hospital's growing research program, as well as
dedicated education space to accommodate the increasing number of students who
come to Toronto Rehab to complete their clinical training in a variety of
health care disciplines. Once completed, the Toronto Rehab redevelopment
project will enable the hospital to move the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Program to the upgraded and expanded patient care facilities at the University
Centre and close its Hillcrest Centre.
    "This project demonstrates our government's commitment to provide
resources and facilities to serve the health care needs of people across
Ontario," said Minister Caplan. "The Toronto Rehab project is part of the
government's five-year $30 billion-plus infrastructure investment plan which
represents the biggest investment in health care infrastructure in more than a
generation."
    Once completed, Toronto Rehab's University Centre will be a modern
hospital with facilities specifically designed to accommodate the health care
needs of adults undergoing rehabilitation for serious injury and illness
including stroke, brain injury, multiple trauma and cancer. The redevelopment
project will also make way for Toronto Rehab's new iDAPT (Intelligent Design
for Adaptation, Participation and Technology) research initiative and the
creation of one of the most advanced rehabilitation research facilities in the
world. Toronto Rehab's iDAPT facilities will significantly change the
landscape of rehabilitation research in Canada and beyond.
    "This is an important step forward in the continuing evolution of Toronto
Rehab," said Mark Rochon, President and CEO of Toronto Rehab. "This will be
one of the most advanced rehabilitation hospitals in the province, and one
that is better able to meet the needs of those who require our specialized
rehabilitation services as well as our ground-breaking research and innovative
education programs."
    Toronto Rehab is at the forefront of one of the most important and
emerging frontiers in health care today - rehabilitation sciences. As a fully
affiliated teaching and research hospital of the University of Toronto,
Toronto Rehab is Canada's largest academic provider of adult rehabilitation
services, complex continuing care and long-term care. Toronto Rehab is
advancing rehabilitation knowledge and practice through research and
education.
    The last day for pre-qualified building teams to submit bids to build and
finance Toronto Rehab's capital redevelopment project was April 23, 2008. A
successful bidder is expected to be named in summer 2008 with construction
beginning shortly thereafter.
    Infrastructure Ontario is working with Toronto Rehab and the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term 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 framework, which ensures public ownership of core assets
such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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    Backgrounder
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                       Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
    

    Created in 1998, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) is
the largest academic adult rehabilitation and complex continuing care hospital
in Canada. It is a specialized teaching and research hospital, fully
affiliated with the University of Toronto, training health care professionals
in all areas of rehabilitation and complex continuing care. The institute is
comprised of six sites in Toronto and employs 1,700 people and benefits from
the support of more than 400 volunteers.
    The redevelopment project at the University Centre site will consist of a
revitalized University Centre, transforming the former acute care facility
into a state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital for adults who have
experienced traumatic and often life-altering illness and/or injury. This will
include:

    
    -   Renovations to the existing 12-storey east wing and four-storey north
        wing.
    -   A new 13-storey patient care and research tower that will be added to
        the southwest corner of the existing building, allowing for increased
        inpatient space as well as outpatient and on-unit therapy spaces and
        other facilities.
    -   17,000 square feet of new dedicated research space to house the
        hospital's growing research program to attract the best and brightest
        researchers from around the world.
    -   Dedicated education space to accommodate the increasing number of
        students who come to Toronto Rehab to complete their clinical
        training in a variety of health care disciplines.
    -   A new, more accessible entrance to the building for patients and
        families.
    

    Once completed, the Toronto Rehab redevelopment project will enable the
hospital to move the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation program to the upgraded
and expanded patient care facilities at the University Centre and close its
Hillcrest Centre site.
    The last day for pre-qualified building teams to submit bids to build and
finance Toronto Rehab's capital redevelopment project was April 23, 2008. A
successful bidder is expected to be named in summer 2008 with construction
beginning shortly thereafter.





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure and Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 327-5325; Carolyn Lovas, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,
(416) 597-3422, ext. 3837


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