Halton Healthcare Services Future Unveiled

    Location Finalized For New Hospital

    OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - Hospital and government officials joined
Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville and John Oliver, President and CEO Halton
Healthcare Services (HHS) today to celebrate the McGuinty government's
transfer of 50 acres of land for the new Halton Healthcare Services hospital
in Oakville.
    To mark the transfer a project sign was unveiled at the corner of 3rd
Line and Dundas Street West, the site of the new hospital.
    "Today marks an important milestone for this project and is an example of
the McGuinty government's commitment to improving healthcare for Oakville
residents," said MPP Flynn. "The land the government has provided is the
foundation for the building of a new hospital for the people of Oakville."
    "Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's
infrastructure at an unprecedented rate," said Minister of Public
Infrastructure Renewal, David Caplan. "These projects are part of the McGuinty
government's $30-billion plus infrastructure investment to modernize public
infrastructure while ensuring value for taxpayer dollars."
    "These projects 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," said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care, George Smitherman. "Once complete, this new hospital will improve access
to important health services so that Oakville residents will get the care they
need, when they need it."
    The new, state-of-the-art facility will provide improved service, as well
as reduced waiting times, more beds and a full range of health services
including acute care, obstetrics and paediatrics, surgical care, mental health
programs and complex continuing care.
    "This is a very exciting project for our organization and our community.
The sign will be the most visible aspect of the New Oakville Hospital project
on the property until construction begins in 2010. It is a symbol of our
commitment to bring state of the art healthcare to Oakville," said John
Oliver, President and CEO, Halton Healthcare Services. "The province's
investment in the new Oakville hospital demonstrates their commitment to the
residents of our community and the healthcare professionals working for Halton
Healthcare Services."
    The 50 acres is part of the Oakville Land Assembly, an area of
1,095 acres of provincially owned land bound by Highway 407 to the north,
Dundas Street to the south, Sixteen Mile Creek to the east and Bronte Road to
the west.
    The hospital will be designed to comply with Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. LEED buildings must meet high
standards that address matters such as indoor air quality and energy
efficiency. These buildings enjoy some of the highest user satisfaction rates
in North America.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with Halton Healthcare Services to develop the new facility, 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.
    The projects are 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.

    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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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; Trish Carlton, Halton Healthcare Services, (905)

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