PENETANGUISHENE, ON, May 6 /CNW/ - Area dignitaries joined board
members, staff, volunteers, patients, community members and partners
today to celebrate Mental Health Week by holding an official
groundbreaking for the new state-of-the-art forensic mental health
hospital. Today's celebration included the unveiling of Mental Health
Centre Penetanguishene's new name Waypoint Centre for Mental Health
Care with which this project will now be identified.
The new forensic hospital and building addition will replace and
consolidate the existing 160-bed Oak Ridge facility and the 20-bed
Brebeuf building, offering a larger, more modern space for treatment
and care of people with mental health disorders who have had
involvement with the criminal justice system.
While under construction this project will provide a boost to the
regional economy by creating hundreds of construction jobs through the
employment of local trades and construction-related suppliers. At the
height of construction, as many as 300 workers are expected to be on
site daily. Labour and materials for the project will be drawn largely
from the Penetanguishene-Midland-Barrie-Simcoe areas and the
Substantial completion of the new building is expected to be achieved in
late fall 2013 with move in expected in 2014.
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS), the consortium selected to design,
build, finance and maintain the new forensic mental health facility,
represents a joint venture between EllisDon Corporation and Fengate
Capital Management Ltd., with EllisDon also providing construction
services. The facility was designed by Cannon Design and Honeywell
Limited will provide facilities management. National Bank Financial
Inc. acted as the financial advisor to ITS.
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care aims to achieve Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for the
design and construction of the new facility. LEED® standards focus on
healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and
efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care to develop the new
hospital, which will remain publicly owned and publicly controlled.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering
some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal
projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget; as well, it
is dedicated to providing the public sector and not-for-profit
organizations with long-term financing to renew their infrastructure.
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care provides an extensive range of
both acute and longer-term psychiatric inpatient and outpatient
services to all of Simcoe County, part of Dufferin County and the
southern portion of Muskoka/Parry Sound. In addition, Waypoint Centre
for Mental Health Care provides the province's only maximum secure
forensic hospital for clients served by both the mental health and
Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Congratulations to this mental health care organization on the major
milestone met today. This new forensic hospital is part of the largest
reinvestment in health care facilities in Ontario in more than a
generation. By investing in our health care infrastructure, we are
stimulating the economy, creating jobs and building stronger and
Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"I'm proud of my government's commitment to supporting those living with
mental health illness and addiction issues. This new building will
provide the care that people need in an environment that will
contribute to their wellness."
John McCullough, Board Chair of Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene
"This is a momentous occasion for healthcare in our community and our
province. These new milestones support our efforts to enhance our role
as a leader in providing compassionate care and innovative treatment to
people with mental illness in our region and the province. We will
continue to enhance our role as the leader in serving part of the
region's and province's most vulnerable population with these new
Carol Lambie, President and CEO of Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene
"This is a significant step in meeting the needs of patients in the
province and region. The start of construction of our new forensic
hospital brings us closer toward our goal to be a state-of-the-art
facility that reflects and supports the exemplary care our team
delivers to patients and the community."
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WAYPOINT CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE
FORMERLY MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE PENETANGUISHENE
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care formally the Mental Health Centre
Penetanguishene, is a 312-bed psychiatric hospital located on Georgian
Bay in the Town of Penetanguishene, approximately 150 km northwest of
The centre provides an extensive range of both acute and longer-term
psychiatric inpatient and outpatient services to all of Simcoe County,
part of Dufferin County and the southern portion of Muskoka/Parry
Sound. It also provides the province's only maximum secure forensic
hospital for clients served by both the mental health and justice
The new mental health facility is being built on the hospital's existing
site. The new hospital will replace the existing 160-bed Oak Ridge
facility and the 20-bed Brebeuf facility, offering a larger, more
modern space for treatment and care of people with mental health
disorders who have had involvement with the criminal justice system.
Once complete, the new facility will consolidate Waypoint Centre for
Mental Health Care into a more efficient, integrated complex.
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care has signed a contract with
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) for $474.1 million, in current (2011)
dollars. When adjusting for the anticipated inflation over the 30-year
contract term, the contract value is $634.1 million.
Substantial completion of the new hospital is expected to be achieved in
fall 2013 with move in expected in 2014.
SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
| Laurene Hilderley-Sibley || Lyndsie York |
| Waypoint Centre for Mental Care || Infrastructure Ontario |
| 705-549-3181 ext 2214 || 416-326-9368 |