TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) is proud to announce that Humber River Hospital (HRH) has won the Gold Award in the Infrastructure category of the 2015 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).
Humber River is one of Canada's largest acute care hospitals and North America's first fully integrated and interoperable digital hospital. This $1.75 billion P3 project (known as Alternative Financing and Procurement – AFP in Ontario) is a state-of-the-art facility covering 30 acres, and is designed to serve more than 850,000 people in the northwestern Greater Toronto Area.
"The HRH project stands at the forefront of innovation and is recognized widely as using some of the most modern technologies in the medical field," said Mark Romoff, President and CEO of CCPPP. "As one of 88 hospitals and health-care facilities built under a public-private partnership in Canada, it is also a testament to the benefits of P3s, opening on time and on budget," added Mr. Romoff.
Some of the facility's innovative digital technologies include robots to deliver non-narcotic drugs and other supplies, immediate charting of diagnostic images for real-time remote consultation with experts, and self-serve check-in kiosks that automate patient records and notify the relevant care teams when a patient has arrived.
"Ontario is a recognized leader in procuring high-quality hospitals through the P3 approach," said Bert Clark, President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. "North America's first digital hospital will help put patients first by providing better access to high quality health care services in a modern, high-tech facility."
The hospital is designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards, and is tracking LEED Gold compliance. It was designed and constructed to minimize environmental impact with 100 percent fresh air throughout, 20,000 equivalent savings in tons of CO2 due to green initiatives, and 95 percent of construction waste diverted from landfill.
The Humber River Hospital opened its doors to the public on October 18. The project is a partnership of Humber River Hospital, Infrastructure Ontario, and Plenary Health Care Partnerships.
The award will be presented on November 2nd at The Council's annual conference. This event is internationally recognized as the premier forum on public-private partnerships, bringing together 1,200 senior government and business leaders from across Canada and around the world.
About the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships: Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national not-for-profit, non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.
SOURCE Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
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