Building team selected for Rouge Valley Health System's Ajax and Pickering Hospital redevelopment project

    Construction is expected to begin in October 2007

    AJAX, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - The Rouge Valley Health System and
Infrastructure Ontario have selected Aecon Buildings to build and finance the
Ajax and Pickering Hospital Phase I Redevelopment Project.
    "We're very pleased that a building team has been selected, paving the
way for construction to begin," said Minister of Public Infrastructure
Renewal, David Caplan at a staff appreciation event. "This project
demonstrates that our government is fulfilling its commitment to modernizing
Ontario hospitals and stimulating economic growth."
    "Selecting a team and beginning final negotiations with them shows our
government's commitment to modernize and expand health care infrastructure to
improve access to quality health care," said Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care, George Smitherman.
    The team, led by Aecon Buildings, includes financing arranged by
Stonebridge Financial Corporation.
    With the addition of more than 75,000 square feet of new construction and
more than 65,000 square feet of renovations, the hospital will be able to
provide more effective health services to Durham Region's expanding
population. As well, it will be able to deliver more effective family-centred
care for a broad range of health conditions.
    "The McGuinty government is dedicated to improving services and providing
the facilities and health care we all need," said Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge MPP
Wayne Arthurs. "Not only is this project great news for improved health care
in our region, but it also brings economic opportunity and jobs to our
    "Our staff, physicians, volunteers and the community have been incredibly
supportive of this project," said Interim President and Chief Executive
Officer of Rouge Valley Health System Rik Ganderton. "Durham region residents
will benefit from improved access to care, state-of-the-art facilities and an
improved environment for our future health care professionals and scientists.
We're all looking forward to getting construction underway."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with the Rouge Valley Health System to
redevelop the Ajax and Pickering 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. The Rouge
Valley Health System project is one of many infrastructure projects being
upgraded and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year,
$30-billion plus public infrastructure investment plan.
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    Rouge Valley Health System consists of several sites, including two
hospitals: Rouge Valley Centenary, in east Scarborough; Rouge Valley Ajax and
Pickering, in west Durham Region. Together a team of doctors including 224
general practitioners and 325 specialists, more than 1,000 nurses and many
other professionals, care for a broad spectrum of health conditions.
    The Rouge Valley Health System serves the healthcare needs of some
529,000 residents in the Ontario communities of east Toronto (Scarborough),
Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Durham Region and more.

    Rouge Valley Health System Redevelopment Project

    The Phase One redevelopment of the Rouge Valley Health System's Ajax
Pickering Hospital renews the main hospital with more than 65,000 square feet
of renovations and more than 75,000 square feet of building expansion.

    New and expanded services include:

    -   A new Emergency Department with capacity for 60,000 patient visits
        per year.
    -   Nine more beds in the adult inpatient area of mental health
    -   An ambulatory care unit for outpatient clinic visits, a fracture
        clinic, outpatient procedures, medical day care and pre-admit visits
    -   A Complex Continuing Care Unit with a capacity for 30 beds for
        patients who are transitioning from acute care to long-term care or
        to their home.
    -   Redesigned space for the Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiac Diagnostic

    The redevelopment project will enable the Ajax and Pickering hospital to
accommodate Durham Region's expanding population and deliver more effective
family centred care for a broad range of health conditions.
    Over the Rouge Valley's 2-1/2-year construction period, there will be an
average of 70 workers on site daily.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 325-2939; David Brazeau, Rouge Valley Health System, (416) 284-8131,
Ext. 4010

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