A preferred proponent is selected for the new Woodstock General Hospital

    TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Woodstock General Hospital and Infrastructure
Ontario announced today that Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) is the preferred
proponent selected to build, finance and maintain the new facility that will
replace the existing Woodstock General Hospital.
    Woodstock General Hospital will be a new 178 bed facility, providing
patients and staff with a high quality healing environment and the latest
technology in bedside services and communications.
    At three-storeys high and 350,000 square feet, the new hospital will more
than double the size of the current facility. Medical staff will offer a
full-range of clinical services and programs, including:

    -   Physiotherapy and rehab services;
    -   Cardio-respiratory services;
    -   Pharmacy and laboratory services;
    -   A new 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation program, in partnership with
        community agencies;
    -   A diagnostic Imaging (DI) department using the latest in digital
        imaging technologies for diagnosis and to reduce patient wait times;
    -   Surgical services with five operating room theatres;
    -   Inpatient medical/surgical beds;
    -   12 critical care beds and 33 complex continuing care beds, including
        a six-bed palliative care unit;
    -   A maternal/child/women's health unit with 14 beds, including five
        birthing rooms;
    -   Inpatient and outpatient mental health services.

    The request for proposals issued in January 2008 resulted in the
selection of ITS as the preferred proponent. The ITS team includes EllisDon,
LPF Infrastructure Fund, Honeywell, CIT, Sunlife Assurance Company, Canada
Life and Industrial Alliance. In the next few months, Infrastructure Ontario
and the hospital will negotiate with ITS to finalize the terms of the project
agreement and to reach commercial close. Details about the agreement and the
final project cost will be made public after financial close; the new hospital
construction is expected to begin before the end of 2008.
    "We are eagerly anticipating groundbreaking on the new site this fall,"
stated Natasa Veljovic, President and CEO of Woodstock General Hospital. "Our
new hospital will allow us to expand programs, recruit new staff and
physically improve our delivery of quality health care."
    "We're closer than ever to seeing work begin on our new Woodstock General
Hospital and to meeting the growing health care needs of our community, said
Glen McDonald, Chair of the Board of Trust.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Woodstock General 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Vicki Davey, Woodstock General Hospital, (519)
421-4226; Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 325-2939,
terence.foran@infrastructureontario.ca; Natasa Veljovic, Woodstock General
Hospital, (519) 421-4211

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