Hospital completed on time and on budget
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The Honourable Deb Matthews,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, joined David Orazietti, MPP for
Sault Ste. Marie, Mike Brown, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin, hospital
officials, staff and community members today to celebrate the official
dedication of the new Sault Area Hospital (SAH).
The completed hospital provides the community with a state-of-the-art
facility housing enhanced programs and services under one roof. The new
hospital accommodates 291 beds, an expanded emergency department and
for the first time offers radiation therapy services to the community
and people of the Algoma region. SAH is now better equipped than ever
to respond effectively and efficiently to the increasing system-wide
health care needs of Ontarians.
As one of the first Alternative Financing and Procurement hospital
projects to get underway in the province, construction on the new SAH
began in August 2007. This project provided stimulus to the regional
and Ontario economies by directly and indirectly creating and
supporting jobs. On average, approximately 250 construction workers
were on site daily and more than 80 per cent of tradespeople involved
in the project were from Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area.
Substantial Completion of the new hospital
was reached in the fall of 2010- on time and on budget. Since then,
hospital staff and vendors have been involved in performance testing of
equipment and building systems, installation of remaining new equipment
and furniture, and training and orientation of approximately 2500
staff, physicians and volunteers.
The new hospital replaces the existing facilities at the Plummer
Memorial Hospital and the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital sites and
will be open to patients on March 6, 2011.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
worked with the Sault Area Hospital to manage the construction of the
new hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and
publicly accountable. 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.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"This new hospital means that the residents of the Sault and Algoma
region will have greater peace of mind knowing that they have increased
access to high quality health care so close to home. I'm proud to
celebrate an incredible milestone that will benefit the health and
wellbeing of the people of this region."
David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie
"Today we are celebrating the opening of the new state-of-the-art Sault
Area Hospital, which is the most important public infrastructure
project in our city, because of a commitment our government fulfilled
to the people of the Sault and area. While past governments did not
have a viable plan to move this project forward and do not share our
view of the importance of patient centered health care, we ensured our
public hospital was built on time and on budget."
Mike Brown, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin
"I am indeed proud to be here to celebrate this new hospital and what it
means for the Algoma Region as a whole. The availability of cancer
radiation therapy services significantly enhances our ability to
provide important services closer to home."
Elaine Pitcher, Chair, SAH Board of Directors
"Needless to say, this is a momentous occasion for the people of Sault
Ste. Marie and the surrounding communities. On behalf of our Board of
Directors, I would like to recognize everyone who had a hand in
building and readying this magnificent facility and to all those who
came before us with the vision and drive to begin the journey."
Ron Gagnon, SAH President and Chief Executive Officer
"Words alone cannot adequately express what this new facility and
equipment will mean to our staff, physicians and volunteers, who have
been performing their everyday miracles despite the constraints of our
current facilities. Their talents can now be complemented by these
state-of-the-art tools, all to the great benefit of the patients we
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SAULT AREA HOSPITAL
The construction of the new Sault Area Hospital consolidates the
services of two existing sites into a new four-level complex situated
close to long-term care facilities.
The new hospital is 20 per cent larger than the two hospitals combined
and provides all existing health care services along with the addition
of a radiation therapy treatment satellite facility for residents of
Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area.
The introduction of radiation treatment facilities will ensure that the
approximately 120,000 residents of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma region
served by SAH have closer-to-home access to this advanced-level care.
The new SAH features:
A clinical service area that is one-third larger than the current
An emergency department that is between double and triple its current
Improved infection prevention and control systems including isolation
rooms, dedicated clean and soiled elevators and a centralized
sterilization processing department
A ratio of 50 per cent private rooms in the medical/surgical units,
providing additional comfort and privacy to patients and their families
Wireless infrastructure throughout
Construction began in August 2007 and was completed on time and on
500 to 600 tradespeople were on site at the peak of construction
More than 60 subcontractors were involved in the project.
80 per cent or more of skilled tradespeople were from Sault Ste. Marie
and the immediate area.
Approximately $105 million in salaries was paid to tradespeople over the
life of the project.
Value of goods and services purchased locally is between $15 and $23
Approximately 2 million person-hours were spent constructing the
SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
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