NORTH BAY, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - The Honourable Monique Smith, Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs and MPP for Nipissing, joined North Bay
General Hospital and Northeast Mental Health Centre officials, staff and
community members today to celebrate substantial completion of
construction at the North Bay Regional Health Centre with a symbolic key
Representatives from Plenary Health and PCL Constructors responsible for
building the facility also participated in the ceremony.
Substantial completion means the main portion of construction on the
North Bay Regional Health Centre is complete in accordance with the
project agreement and the facility is now turned over to the hospitals.
As one of the first Alternative Financing and Procurement hospital
projects in the province, construction on the North Bay Regional Health
Centre began in March 2007 and the facility reached substantial
completion on time and on budget.
The new Centre will be open for patient care on January 30, 2011.
Hospital-led small works projects will begin shortly and include:
any changes to units necessary to enhance operational efficiency;
performance testing to make the building patient-ready;
delivery and installation of new equipment;
training and orientation of over 2300 staff and volunteers; and
the move beginning in early January and culminating in the patient
move on January 29 and 30, 2011.
The Centre will be the first health facility in Ontario to co-locate an
acute care hospital and a specialized mental health centre. The new
district hospital will include up to 275 acute care beds and will
feature an expanded emergency department and a consolidated ambulatory
care centre. The new regional mental health centre will accommodate 52
forensic psychiatry beds, 61 specialized mental health beds and
associated outpatient services. In total, the North Bay Regional Health
Centre will have capacity for up to 388 beds.
The North Bay Regional Health Centre continues to stimulate the local
economy by supporting about 3,000 project-related jobs and at the end of
the project will have contributed approximately $230 million dollars to
the regional and Ontario economies.
The new facility was designed and constructed to adhere to the
guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) rating system in order to achieve LEED
certification. LEED buildings promote healthy indoor environments by
incorporating environmentally sustainable construction practices and
energy efficient design.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
worked with the North Bay General Hospital and the Northeast Mental
Health Centre to manage the construction of the North Bay Regional
Health Centre, 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
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Monique Smith, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and MPP for
"I am very excited for everyone in North Bay. We have all worked hard in
partnership to see this beautiful health care facility take shape. The
government's investment in the North Bay Regional Health Centre will
give patients access to expanded programs and services in a fully
accessible, state-of-the-art healing environment close to home."
Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
"A critical public infrastructure project like the North Bay Regional
Health Centre is important for ensuring North Bay residents have
expanded and improved health care facilities and supporting the long
term economic development envisioned for the region."
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The opening of this new facility in January 2011 will not only improve
access to quality care for this community, it demonstrates our
government's commitment to improving healthcare in northern Ontario."
Murray Green, Chair of the Joint Executive Committee for the North
Bay Regional Health Centre Project
"This is a wonderful day for North Bay and its surrounding communities
and for all of northeast Ontario. This health centre has been a dream
for many years and through much hard work and perseverance by our staff
and our board members, we are here today getting the keys. It almost
Mike Marasco, CEO Plenary Health
"This event marks an important milestone in our 33 year relationship
with the North Bay General Hospital, the Northeast Mental Health Centre,
and the community of North Bay. Our Construction partner PCL did a
superb job of building a quality facility on-time and on-budget."
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North Bay Regional Health Centre
The North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) is a partnership between
the North Bay General Hospital and the Northeast Mental Health Centre.
For the first time in Canada, an acute care hospital and a specialized
mental health centre will co-locate on the same site. One of the largest
public sector projects in the region's history, the 720,000 square foot
NBRHC will have a total capacity of 388 beds on its 80-acre site.
The North Bay General Hospital (NBGH) and its predecessors have served
the families of North Bay and the surrounding area for over 100 years.
The North Bay General Hospital is a district referral centre serving the
districts of Nipissing and Temiscaming. NBGH's Emergency Department and
outpatient clinics each serve more than 40,000 patients every year.
Specialist services such as orthopedics, neonatal intensive care,
paediatrics, ophthalmology, obstetrics/gynaecology, urology, ENT (ear,
nose and throat) and general surgery are provided for patients from
throughout the entire district served.
The Northeast Mental Health Centre (NEMHC) is a specialized mental
health centre that provides service to people throughout the region of
northeast Ontario suffering from severe and persistent mental illness.
Based on a recovery approach, NEMHC works with other service providers
and patients and their families in the design and implementation of
care. Programs include specialized adult mental health, senior's mental
health, forensic psychiatry, outreach programs and a regional children's
psychiatric service. The Northeast Mental Health Centre also operates
regional specialized mental health beds at its Sudbury campus,
consisting of 15 seniors' beds, 16 specialized beds and 12 children's
As a three-storey general hospital, the new NBGH will be significantly
larger and have the capacity to serve a greater number of patients. The
Northeast Mental Health Centre has been designed as a two-storey
facility that will provide a best-practice approach to care in a
home-like, village environment.
The new district hospital includes:
a larger emergency department with 32 treatment bays to accommodate
more than 57,000 patients per year
a new consolidated ambulatory care centre to accommodate more than
63,000 patient visits per year
275 acute care beds with:
a 40-bed acute mental health unit relocated from the Northeast
Mental Health Centre
an increased bed capacity in the Critical Care Unit (from 10 to 16
beds), in the Complex Continuing Care Unit (from 10 to 42 beds), and
in the Rehabilitation Care Unit (from 10 to 29 beds)—additional beds
to our current compliment will be phased in over three years.
The new regional mental health centre
The new regional mental
health centre will be linked to the district hospital via a shared
entrance and several shared common areas. It will serve the whole of
northeast Ontario, and accommodate:
52 forensic psychiatry beds;
61 specialized mental health beds;
a client services mall, gymnasium, psychiatric offices, clinical and
administrative spaces; and
Included in the regional mental health centre is a new, unique
feature - the Horticultural Centre. Staff and patients will work
together to grow plants and flowers. The plants and flowers will be used
to decorate patient and staff courtyards throughout the facility.
The new hospital is being developed by Plenary Health with partners PCL
Constructors and Johnson Controls. PCL Constructors, are paying special
attention to the environmental components of the project ensuring
construction is environmentally efficient and sensitive. In addition,
PCL Constructors has aimed to divert 75 per cent of construction waste
from the landfill and is using recycled materials on the site.
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