Henderson General Hospital celebrates official construction start

    HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Staff, doctors and volunteers from
Henderson General Hospital at Hamilton Health Sciences joined Minister of
Public Infrastructure Renewal, David Caplan, Minister of Government and
Consumer Services and MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Ted McMeekin,
and Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP Hamilton Mountain at a ceremony today to celebrate
the official start of construction of the hospital's major redevelopment
    "I am pleased to see construction underway on Henderson General
Hospital," said Minister of Public Infrastructure David Caplan. "This project
demonstrates our government's commitment to provide resources and facilities
to serve the health care needs of people across Ontario."
    "This project is 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 government's investment in Hamilton Health Sciences' Henderson
General Hospital site will give Hamilton-area residents better access to a
full-range of acute inpatient and ambulatory services supporting cancer care
and patients from the Juravinski Cancer Centre.
    The building team led by EllisDon, has begun construction which is
expected to be completed in spring 2012. At the peak of construction,
approximately 500 construction workers will be employed. The project financing
was provided by Pacific & Western Bank of Canada.
    "This is a significant project for the people of Hamilton," said
McMeekin. We can be assured that residents in our region will have continued
access to great health care for many years to come."
    "This is the second time in just over two months that the community has
celebrated a groundbreaking for state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in
Hamilton," said Aggelonitis. "That's a testament to this government's
commitment to quality health care."
    The Henderson General Hospital redevelopment project will result in
enhanced general hospital services. It will include additional oncology and
critical care beds and provide more capacity in emergency services, surgery,
diagnostic services, outpatient clinics and support areas.
    "This is a very exciting day. We have looked forward to this
redevelopment for many years" said Murray Martin, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences. "We appreciate the government's
continued commitment and support that will help us to meet the growing health
care needs of our region."
    "Hamilton Health Sciences' expansion and renovation is vitally important
to our community in so many ways," commented Sandy Alyman, General Manager of
the Hamilton-Halton Construction Association. "Our member companies and their
local employees are looking forward to the opportunity to be involved with
such a significant project."
    KPMG LLP completed a value for money (VFM) assessment and projected an
estimated $29.8 million in savings compared to the estimated cost using a
traditional procurement model.
    The VFM report is available on Infrastructure Ontario's website along
with the project agreement. The VFM report provides a summary of the project
costs, including the cost of the contract with EllisDon Corporation,
transaction costs and other ancillary costs.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working 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 the 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, Minster's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Infrastructure Ontario, Paulette den
Elzen, (416) 327-5764; Hamilton Health Sciences, Roxanne Kantzavelos, (905)
387-9711, Ext. 63015

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