Contract awarded for Hamilton's Henderson General Hospital redevelopment project

    Construction set to begin in late 2007

    HAMILTON, ON, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Hamilton Health Sciences and Infrastructure
Ontario announced today that they have selected and signed a contract with
EllisDon to build and finance the redevelopment of the Henderson General
    The building team, led by EllisDon, includes financing arranged by
Pacific & Western Bank of Canada.
    The total redevelopment project at Henderson General Hospital consists of
approximately 400,000 square feet of new construction and more than 25,000
square feet of renovation.
    The expansion will result in enhanced general hospital services,
including a full-range of acute inpatient and ambulatory services supporting
cancer care and patients from the Juravinski Cancer Centre. It will include
additional oncology and critical care beds and more capacity in emergency
services, surgery, diagnostic services, outpatient clinics and support areas.
    "A tremendous milestone has been reached today - a milestone that paves
the way for improved access to health care in Hamilton," said Minister of
Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan. "The final contract is signed,
demonstrating that the McGuinty government has delivered on its commitment to
this community."
    "Projects like the redevelopment of the Henderson site are an essential
part of our government's plan to renew hospitals and lower emergency room wait
times in the local community and across the province," commented Deputy
Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, George Smitherman. "Once
complete, this redeveloped hospital will improve access to important health
services so that Hamilton residents will get the care they need, when they
need it."
    The deal commits EllisDon to build and finance the hospital expansion and
redevelopment project for $198.1 million.
    The estimated total cost of this redevelopment project has been approved
by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care at $259.2 million. This includes
the hospital's early works demolition project for 70 Wing South, the fixed
construction contract with EllisDon as well as other estimated costs related
to the project such as furniture, equipment, permits, architectural and
engineering fees and transaction and project management fees.
    "This brings us one step closer to providing the residents of Hamilton
with an expanded Henderson General Hospital," said MPP Hamilton Mountain,
Sophia Aggelonitis. "Our vision of a state-of-the-art facility will soon begin
to take shape and become a reality."
    "Today we can be confident that the people of Hamilton will have
continued access to great health care," said Ted McMeekin, Minister of
Government and Consumer Services and MPP for
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. "This major redevelopment project will
enable Henderson General Hospital to continue to provide this excellent health
care for years to come."
    "We appreciate the government's continued commitment and support of the
redevelopment of the Henderson General Hospital," said Murray Martin,
President and Chief Operating Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences. "Our
patients, staff and community will benefit from having a modern facility
designed to meet the growing health care needs in our region."
    A Value for Money (VFM) report on the project will be posted on
Infrastructure Ontario's website, along with the project agreement, within
weeks. This third-party VFM assessment identifies the benefits or value
derived on this project as compared to a traditional procurement approach. The
VFM report will provide a summary of estimated total project costs including
the fixed cost of the contract with EllisDon, equipment and other ancillary
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with Hamilton Health Sciences to redevelop the Henderson General
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.

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                           Hamilton Health Sciences

    Hamilton Health Sciences is comprised of five hospitals and a cancer
centre and employs more than 10,000 people in the Hamilton region.
    Two redevelopment projects are currently moving forward at Hamilton
Health Sciences, they include:

    Hamilton General Hospital

    Founded in 1848 as the first hospital in the City of Hamilton, Hamilton
General Hospital has grown to become a leading tertiary health care centre
serving people from Burlington to Brantford and from Niagara Falls to Guelph.
The General is recognized as a regional centre of excellence in
cardiovascular, stroke care, neurosciences and trauma and incorporates one of
the province's few burn treatment centres.
    Redevelopment of the Hamilton General Hospital will include the
consolidation of its current Acquired Brain Injury and Rehabilitation services
from 14 different buildings to one site, providing an additional 44 beds and
more efficient ambulatory programs.
    A new three-storey 100,000- plus square foot building will accommodate
all ambulatory and outreach services, including a therapy pool on the ground
floor and 91 inpatient beds on the two floors above. The new building includes
a bridge connection to the main hospital building and significant landscaping
for external therapy space on each level.

    Henderson General Hospital

    Henderson General Hospital provides acute inpatient and acute palliative
care, diagnostic services and an educational environment to support the needs
of cancer patients and the Juravinski Cancer Centre. The Henderson's
orthopaedic program combines health care and research to offer patients a
range of services to help them prepare for and recover from joint replacement
    Construction at the Henderson site will expand inpatient and outpatient
services and provide acute care support for the cancer centre.
    The redevelopment project at the Henderson site includes approximately
400,000 square feet of new construction and more than 25,000 square feet of
    Services that will benefit from the expansion and redevelopment include:

    -   oncology
    -   intensive care
    -   diagnostic imaging
    -   operating rooms
    -   emergency services
    -   outpatients clinic
    -   support services

    Redevelopment of the Henderson General Hospital will replace out-dated
environmental structures, continue to provide community hospital services and
position the acute care services appropriately to support the Juravinski
Cancer Center that shares the site.
    Construction on the project is expected to begin in December 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Paulette den Elzen, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 327-5764; Roxanne Kantzavelos, Hamilton Health Sciences, (905)
387-9711, Ext 63015

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