KINGSTON, ON, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, joined Glen Wood, Chair for Providence Care Board of Directors, to officially unveil a sign marking the future site of the new Providence Care Hospital.
The 270-bed hospital will provide a caring environment for patients and clients and a modern, improved work environment for physicians, staff and volunteers. The hospital will include single inpatient rooms that meet current infection control standards and adjacent therapy and treatment spaces that will allow patients to receive care closer to their rooms. It will also feature on-site clinics for inpatients and outpatients and improved teaching, learning and research facilities that will support Providence Care's role as a major centre for health education and research.
Three companies - Integrated Team Solutions, Plenary Health and Providence Alliance for Caring Environments - were recently short-listed to submit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility.
The project will focus on sustainable design and construction, with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Providence Care to build the new hospital, which will be publicly owned and publicly controlled.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects, on time and on budget. It also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, offers real estate services such as asset management and property and land management, and provides the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.
Providence Care is southeastern Ontario's leading provider of specialized mental health care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, specialized geriatric services, complex continuing care, palliative care and long-term care. Affiliated with Queen's University in Kingston and a member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, Providence Care is a major center for health education and research. Providence Care is sponsored by the Catholic Health Corporation of Ontario.
John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
"Today we celebrate a sign of things to come for health care in Kingston. This symbolic sign demonstrates the government's commitment to improving and expanding health services we rely on - close to home, friends and family."
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The unveiling of the sign at the new Providence Care Hospital is a symbol of the exciting future of health care in Kingston. Our government's investment in infrastructure through our Action Plan for Health Care means Ontario patients will have access to quality and timely health care, close to home."
Glen Wood, Chair, Providence Care Board of Directors
"This is an exciting time for us as we move ahead with our plans to build the new Providence Care Hospital. As we celebrate this milestone we thank our clients and families, our community and our staff for their contributions that have shaped the plans for our future facility."
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
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