Pre-qualified teams invited to bid on Royal Victoria Hospital Phase 1 Expansion project

    BARRIE, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - The redevelopment of Royal Victoria Hospital
has reached another key milestone today with the release of a request for
proposals (RFP) to build and finance the hospital's Phase I Expansion project,
which includes the addition of the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre.
    The release of the RFP is one of the last stages in the procurement
process, bringing the start of the hospital's expansion one step closer.
    The Royal Victoria Hospital Phase I Expansion Project will nearly double
the size of the existing hospital. The new regional cancer centre will provide
comprehensive care to cancer patients throughout Simcoe County and the
District of Muskoka, and will log more than 60,000 patient visits in its first
year of operation alone.

    Highlights of the Royal Victoria Hospital project include:

    -  creation of the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre;
    -  capacity for 101 additional inpatient beds;
    -  an expanded Emergency Department;
    -  an expanded Laboratory;
    -  an expanded Diagnostic Imaging Department;
    -  two additional Operating Rooms; and
    -  a dedicated Coronary Care Unit.

    "By rebuilding Ontario's hospitals and long-term care facilities, we are
enhancing the quality of life and the quality of care for families throughout
the province," said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal.
"This project is part of ReNew Ontario, the McGuinty government's $30-billion
plus infrastructure investment plan to modernize public infrastructure while
ensuring value for taxpayer dollars."
    "This expansion is an essential part of the government's commitment to
renew hospitals," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care. "Such projects will help lower wait times and
improve access to quality family health care for all. Once complete, area
residents will be able to get the care they need, when they need it, close to

    The following building teams were pre-qualified through a request for
qualifications issued in October 2007 and have been invited to bid on the
    -  Bondfield Construction
    -  Carillion Canada Inc.
    -  EllisDon Corporation
    -  PCL
    -  Vanbots

    These teams have the construction, operational and financial capacity
required to undertake a project of this size and complexity. Once submissions
to the RFP are received and reviewed, a winning team will be selected in early
2009, with construction expected to begin shortly thereafter.
    "The expanded hospital and cancer centre will mean better health care for
our community," said Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll. "Today's announcement
demonstrates our government's commitment to providing the resources and
infrastructure that will address the region's health care needs."
    "The extraordinary support of the province and the people of our
community is making the dream of an expanded Royal Victoria Hospital a
reality," said Janice Skot, President and CEO of Royal Victoria Hospital.
"This milestone means we're one step closer to bringing care closer to home
for patients across our region."
    A copy of the RFP is available on line at
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Royal Victoria Hospital to redevelop the 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.
    The 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Suzanne Legue, Royal Victoria Hospital, (705)
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