Contract Awarded for the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program Redevelopment Project

    Construction to begin in January 2008

    OTTAWA, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - The Ottawa Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital
and Infrastructure Ontario announced today that they have selected PCL
Constructors Canada Inc. to build and finance The Ottawa Hospital Regional
Cancer Program redevelopment project.
    The building team, led by PCL Constructors Canada Inc., includes
financing arranged by TD Bank.
    This redevelopment project will include renovations and expansion of the
cancer centre at The Ottawa Hospital's General Campus and the addition of a
new satellite cancer centre at Queensway Carleton Hospital.
    The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program provides cancer treatment in
the Champlain region, offering systemic therapy (chemotherapy), radiation
therapy, surgical oncology, preventative oncology, palliative medicine and
supportive care.
    "A tremendous milestone was reached today - a milestone that paves the
way for improved access to health care in Ottawa," said David Caplan, Minister
of Public Infrastructure Renewal. "The final contracts are signed
demonstrating that the McGuinty Government has delivered on its commitment to
this community."
    "These projects are an essential part of our government's plan to renew
hospitals and lower cancer surgery 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, these two redeveloped
hospitals will improve access to important health services so that Ottawa
residents will get the care they need, when they need it."
    "I am very proud of The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program's
redevelopment project," said Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing and MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean. "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 future."
    The contracts commit PCL Constructors Canada Inc. to build and finance
the redevelopment at The Ottawa Hospital for $46.7 million and The Queensway
Carleton Hospital for $66.3 million. The contracts guarantee fixed prices and
fixed delivery dates for the redevelopment of the hospitals.
    The estimated total cost of redeveloping both hospitals is
$180.6 million. This cost includes the fixed construction contracts with PCL
Constructors Canada Inc., as well as other estimated costs related to each
project such as furniture, equipment, permits, architectural and engineering
fees, transactional and project management fees.
    "We are pleased that our patients will have improved access to lifesaving
radiation therapy close to home," said Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO of
The Ottawa Hospital. "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."
    "We know that with a growing, aging community comes a greater need for
advanced-level cancer services," said Tom Schonberg, Queensway Carleton
Hospital President and CEO. "We are committed to ensuring these services are
available when and where they are needed most."
    PCL Constructors Canada Inc. will begin to mobilize for construction on
both sites in January 2008. Construction at the Queensway Carleton Hospital is
expected to be completed in fall 2009 and construction at The Ottawa Hospital
is expected to be completed in early 2011.
    A Value for Money (VFM) report on both projects 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 contracts with PCL, equipment and other ancillary costs.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with The Ottawa Hospital and Queensway Carleton Hospital to redevelop and
expand The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program, 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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                 The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program

    Founded in 1943, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre is an outpatient
cancer treatment and research facility that reaches out to serve the needs of
the Champlain Region. Currently, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre operates
mainly from two campuses: The Ottawa Hospital's General Campus, located in
Ottawa's east end, and at The Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus, located in
Ottawa's west end.
    In 2002 Cancer Care Ontario and The Ottawa Hospital conducted a review to
ensure the hospital's regional program would be positioned to meet the demands
it would face in the future and address the shortage of space at the existing
facilities. Because the Civic Campus presents a variety of significant
facility development and expansion challenges, the decision was made to
consolidate all cancer services of The Ottawa Hospital at the General Campus
and introduce a satellite site at Queensway Carleton Hospital. These two
hospitals will provide cancer services for the entire region.
    The goal of this integrated cancer program is to bring together programs
in systemic therapy (chemotherapy), radiation therapy, surgical oncology,
preventative oncology, palliative medicine and supportive care.
    The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program will serve a total population
of 1.5 million in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.

    The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program Project

    The Ottawa Hospital General Campus project includes:
    -   renovation and expansion of the existing cancer centre;
    -   capacity for eight radiation treatment machines;
    -   additional space to offer a total capacity for four clinics and 50
        chemotherapy spaces.

    The Queensway Carleton project includes:
    -   new construction of a four-storey building that will house three
        radiation treatment machines;
    -   two clinics and 33 chemotherapy spaces.

    Project Highlights:
    -   both sites will gain additional space for outpatient clinics,
        systemic therapy (chemotherapy) and supportive therapy;
    -   the décor and ambience of the ambulatory cancer facilities will be
        relaxing, comfortable and to the greatest extent possible non-
        institutional in appearance;
    -   supportive care elements will be incorporated into the design, and
        the use of natural light will be maximized through design features;
    -   the character of the region will be incorporated into the design

    Construction for the two-site cancer project is expected to begin in
January 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Allison Neill, The Ottawa Hospital, (613)
737-8899 x 70271; Judy Brown, Queensway Carleton Hospital, (613) 721-4700 x
5601; Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public Infrastructure and Renewal, (416)
325-4048; Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 327-5325

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