CAMBRIDGE, ON, Sept. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Infrastructure Ontario announced today that the hospital has signed a fixed-price contract with Bondfield Construction to build and finance the hospital's expansion and redevelopment project. Today's announcement also signifies that all contractual steps have been completed and construction can begin immediately.
Cambridge and North Dumfries-area patients will benefit from increased capacity at the hospital. Through a combination of renovations and new construction, the hospital will see an increase in up to 52 beds for a total of up to 197 beds. Once the project is finished, the hospital will have:
- Expanded clinical services, including the emergency department, surgery services, medicine, mental health, obstetrics and rehabilitation
- Expanded clinical support services, including its laboratory, diagnostic imaging and central supply services
- An inviting lobby and reception area, with intuitive way finding to make it easier to navigate the building and access to common clinical services and retail area
- A new medical education campus
The Cambridge Memorial Hospital project underwent an open, fair and competitive procurement process and Bondfield Construction submitted the proposal that delivered the best value for Ontario taxpayers.
The contract commits Bondfield Construction to build and finance the Cambridge Memorial Hospital expansion and redevelopment project for $187 million, which will be paid using both an interim completion payment and substantial completion payment. The contract guarantees a fixed price and a fixed delivery date for the expansion and redevelopment of the hospital.
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) will post a copy of the value for money (VFM) report and the project agreement online at www.infrastructureontario.ca in the coming months.
IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will work with Cambridge Memorial Hospital to manage the renovation and new construction at the hospital, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP). Infrastructure Ontario also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The expansion and redevelopment of Cambridge Memorial Hospital delivers on Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care by ensuring the right services are available and delivered closer to home in a new and renovated state-of-the-art facility."
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"By investing in our health care infrastructure, we are stimulating the economy, creating jobs and building stronger and healthier communities."
Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge
"This is a great day for the residents of Cambridge. This announcement signifies that this project is getting closer to breaking ground."
Patrick Gaskin, President and CEO, Cambridge Memorial Hospital
"This is a thrilling day for the hospital and the communities of Cambridge and North Dumfries. In five short years, our patients will have access to expanded services in a brand new, modern hospital that is designed to meet our growing communities' needs for generations to come. Our staff, physicians and volunteers worked long and hard over the past three years to get us to this point. We can now close this chapter and turn our energies towards the real and complete transformation of our hospital."
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
For further information: Contacts: Adam Cotter, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-212-0637; Stephan Beckhoff, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, 519-621-2333, Ext. 2427