McGuinty Government Moving Forward With New Women's College Hospital Project



    Request For Proposal Released To Select Architectural Firm

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is supporting the New
Women's College Hospital as it embarks on major steps forward with its
redevelopment project, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman
announced today.
    "This announcement marks a new stage in the development of the New
Women's College Hospital as a provincial leader in women's health care," said
Smitherman. "This is a clear sign of our government's commitment to this
hospital and the important role it plays in our health care system."

    Today's announcement includes:

    
        -  The approval of the hospital's business case for a new building
        -  The Request for Proposal (RFPs) to select an architectural firm to
           lead the planning, design and compliance aspects of the project
    

    "These are important steps for the New Women's College Hospital," said
Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan. "The project is part
of the government's five-year $30 billion plus infrastructure investment plan
that represents the biggest investment in health care infrastructure in more
than a generation."
    The compliance design team will further develop the Site Master Plan and
prepare key documents including project specific design output specifications.
These documents will form the guidelines and performance requirements within
which the successful building team must work when preparing the overall
design.
    "We are thrilled and delighted that the government has advanced our
redevelopment project to this next phase so quickly," said Marilyn Emery,
President and CEO, the New Women's College Hospital. "Our new building will
enable us to fulfill our mandate as Ontario's first stand-alone academic
ambulatory hospital, while continuing to champion state-of-the-art healthcare
for women and their families."
    The RFP, available on www.merx.com, closes on October 10th, 2007.
    This is the latest example of how the McGuinty government is on the side
of Ontario families who want improved health care for women. Other initiatives
include:

    
        -  Restoring independent governance to Women's College Hospital,
           which will become a state of the art ambulatory care centre for
           women
        -  Launching a life-saving HPV immunization program for 84,000 young
           women in Grade 8
        -  Supporting the growth of midwifery in Ontario, including an
           increase in the number of midwives by 67. This investment will
           mean better care for up to 1,200 women and their babies.
    

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.

    For more information on achievements in health care, visit:
www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca.

    Disponible en français.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: David Spencer, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; A.G. Klei, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Public Infrastructure
Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Lorne Burger, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 325-2888;
Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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