Building team selected to expand and redevelop Bluewater Health

    Construction expected to begin in September

    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Construction on the Bluewater Health project is
on track to begin in September 2007. Bluewater Health signed a contract with
EllisDon to build and finance the expansion and renovation of the Norman Site.
    "A tremendous milestone was reached today - a milestone which paves the
way for improved access to health care in Sarnia and Lambton," said David
Caplan, Minister of Infrastructure Renewal. "The final contract is signed
demonstrating that the McGuinty Government has delivered on its commitment to
the community."
    "Modernizing Ontario's hospital infrastructure is an integral part of
improving our health care system," said George Smitherman, Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care. "Our investment will provide facilities that are modern,
well-maintained, safe and comfortable for patients."
    "I am very proud of Bluewater Health's major expansion and redevelopment
project," said Caroline Di Cocco, MPP for Sarnia. "This project will not only
benefit the entire community, but it also serves as an example of our
government's commitment to keeping all Ontarians healthy now and well into the
    With the addition of 325,000 square feet of new space, Bluewater Health
will provide for a larger, more modern facility to house an expanded emergency
department and a consolidated maternal infant child program which will, for
the first time, offer labour, birthing and paediatric services on one floor.
The project will also provide the space for additional acute care beds.
    "We are thrilled to see that this exciting public sector redevelopment -
the biggest in Sarnia - Lambton's history - is about to begin," said Sue
Denomy, Acting President and CEO of Bluewater Health. "This agreement ensures
that the hospital is built to the highest standards and supports our highly
trained staff and doctors in their efforts to provide quality care."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Bluewater Health 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. The Bluewater
Health 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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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure and Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Mandy Downes, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 327-5325; Toni Adey, Bluewater Health, (519) 464-4452

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