Next Step Forward For Hamilton Health Sciences' Projects

    Short-listed Construction Teams Invited To Bid

    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) reached another
key milestone with the release of a request for proposals (RFP) to build and
finance the redevelopment of two Hamilton Health Sciences sites: Hamilton
General Hospital and Henderson General Hospital.
    The redevelopment of the Hamilton General Hospital will include new
construction and renovations of the facilities to support the consolidation of
its current Acquired Brain Injury/Rehabilitation program, which will provide
an additional capacity for 44 beds and increase the efficiency of ambulatory
    The redevelopment of the Henderson General Hospital site will include new
construction and renovations of the facilities that will also provide for a
modernized intensive care unit, operating rooms and Emergency Department,
expand inpatient and outpatient services and provide acute care support for
the cancer centre.
    "Today's call for construction teams brings Hamilton and surrounding
communities one step closer to having larger facilities with a wider range of
health care services," said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure
Renewal. "We are pleased to see the high level of interest in these projects
from the development industry."
    "This project is an essential part of the McGuinty government's plan to
modernize hospitals, reduce wait times and upgrade medical equipment in the
local community and across the province," commented George Smitherman,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

    The following short-listed companies are being invited to respond to the

    Hamilton General Hospital:
        -  Aecon Buildings
        -  Carillion Canada Inc.
        -  EllisDon Corporation
        -  Vanbots Construction Corporation

    Henderson General Hospital:
        -  Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.
        -  Carillion Canada Inc.
        -  EllisDon Corporation
        -  PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
        -  Vanbots Construction Corporation

    These companies were short-listed for their development, construction and
financial capacity to undertake a project of this size and complexity.
    "The Hamilton Health Sciences' projects will bring welcome improvements
to health care services for Hamilton's residents," said Dr. Marie
Bountrogianni, Minister Responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs and
Democratic Renewal and MPP for Hamilton Mountain. "Today's announcement
demonstrates our government's commitment to providing the resources and
infrastructure that will address the health care needs of our growing
    "Our patients and their families deserve modern hospitals with the
programs, equipment and expertise needed for them to receive life-saving
health care," said Murray Martin, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences.
"With the support of the government, we've made an important step in this
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Hamilton Health Sciences to
redevelop the two facilities, 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. The Hamilton
Health Sciences projects are two of many infrastructure projects being
upgraded and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year,
$30-billion plus public infrastructure investment plan.

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    Hamilton Health Sciences is comprised of five hospitals and a cancer
centre and employs more than 10,000 people in the Hamilton region.
    Two redevelopment projects are currently moving forward at Hamilton
Health Sciences, they include:

    Hamilton General Hospital

    Founded in 1848 as the first hospital in Hamilton, Hamilton General
Hospital has grown to become a leading tertiary health care centre serving
people from Burlington to Brantford and Niagara Falls to Guelph. The General
is recognized as a regional centre of excellence in cardiovascular and stroke
care, neurosciences, trauma and incorporates one of the province's few burn
treatment centres.
    Redevelopment of the Hamilton General Hospital will include the
consolidation of its current Acquired Brain Injury and Rehabilitation services
from 14 different buildings to one site, providing an additional 44 beds and
more efficient ambulatory programs.
    A new three-storey 100,000 square feet building will accommodate all
ambulatory and outreach services, including a therapy pool on the ground
floor, and 91 inpatient beds on the two floors above. The new building
includes a bridge connection to the main hospital building and significant
landscaping for external therapy space on each level.
    Construction on the project is expected to begin in fall 2007.

    Henderson General Hospital

    Henderson General Hospital provides acute inpatient and acute palliative
care, diagnostic services and an educational environment to support the needs
of cancer patients and the Juravinski Cancer Centre. The Henderson's
Orthopaedic program combines health care and research to offer patients a
range of services to help them prepare for and recover from joint replacement
    Construction at the Henderson site will expand inpatient and outpatient
services and provide acute care support for the cancer centre.
    The Henderson site redevelopment project includes the redevelopment of
more than 435,000 square feet with phased demolition of 150,000 square feet.

    Services that will benefit from the expansion and redevelopment include:
        -  oncology, inpatient and daycare services
        -  additional intensive care beds
        -  diagnostic imaging
        -  operating rooms
        -  emergency services
        -  outpatients clinic support services

    Redevelopment of the Henderson General Hospital will replace out-dated
environmental structures, continue to provide community hospital services and
position the acute care services appropriately to support the Juravinski
Cancer Center that shares the site.
    Construction on the project is expected to begin in late 2007.

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; Jeff Vallentin, Hamilton Health Sciences, (905)
521-2100, Ext. 73905

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