Public-private partnership: CHUM launches calls for qualifications

    MONTREAL, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Centre hospitalier de l'Université
de Montréal (CHUM) is now moving one step closer toward implementing the CHUM
2010 project. In keeping with the recognized public-private partnership (PPP)
approach, today CHUM launched calls for qualifications to identify potential
private partners. The purpose of this process is to identify and select
candidates that will be asked to respond to the requests for proposals
scheduled for winter 2008. These proposals will cover the total costs of
designing, building, funding, operating and maintaining the infrastructures
for a period of approximately 35 years following the signing of the
partnership agreement.
    The calls for qualifications represent the first step in the proposals
process that will ultimately lead to the selection of one or more partners
with whom CHUM will enter into an agreement concerning the carrying out of
certain parts of the CHUM 2010 project. Both the new section of the main CHUM
pavilion and the CHUM Research Centre will thus be built through PPPs. "Given
the scope of the project, CHUM hopes to award the project to a partner that
has shown both the interest, experience, expertise, skills and ability that
qualify it to successfully carry out such a project," explains CHUM's director
general, Dr. Denis R. Roy. For each of the two parts of the project that will
be realized through a PPP, CHUM will retain a maximum of three candidates
evaluated on the basis of pre-established criteria. These candidates will then
be asked to submit a proposal in accordance with the terms and conditions
specified in the requests for proposals.
    On June 18, the Minister of Finance and Chair of the Conseil du Trésor,
the Honourable Monique Jérôme-Forget, and the Minister of Health and Social
Services, the Honourable Philippe Couillard, announced that certain parts of
the CHU modernization projects in Montreal were going to be achieved through
public-private partnerships.
    As the project manager, CHUM is responsible for selecting the medical
equipment, biomedical services and information technology services, as well as
for the clinical commissioning of equipment and materials. For its part, the
private partner will be responsible for integrating the equipment and
materials into the new buildings, and for commissioning all non-clinical
equipment and materials.
    This process, carried out in collaboration with the Agence des
partenariats public-privé du Québec, is designed to ensure the transparency
and fairness of the qualification process and a healthy competitive
environment for the candidates. It will be monitored by an auditor
commissioned by the Agency.
    The request for proposals documents are available to companies registered
with the Système électronique d'appel d'offres SE@O on the Internet site - #161354, #161368, #161373, and #161379. An information meeting
is scheduled for July 10.

    About CHUM

    CHUM 2010 is a project aimed mainly at improving the quality and
accessibility of medical and hospital care and ensuring training for the next
generation of high-calibre healthcare professionals in Québec. The project
also aims at integrating research and technology assessment activities in line
with its contribution to the development of the knowledge industry and health
promotion. Having patients' well-being at heart, CHUM 2010 reflects this
century's architectural trends and fits in perfectly with the urban fabric of
Montreal, its home city.

    The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) provides
specialized and ultra-specialized services to its regional and supraregional
clienteles. Within its more immediate coverage area, CHUM also offers general
and specialized hospital care and services. The CHUM has a five-part mandate,
comprising research, teaching, the assessment of technologies and healthcare
intervention methods, and the promotion of an integrated-networks approach to
health care. Hôtel-Dieu, Hôpital Notre-Dame, and Hôpital Saint-Luc form the
CHUM, with 10,000 employees, 900 physicians, 270 researchers, 5,000 students
and trainees and 800 volunteers providing services to more than 500,000
patients each year.

For further information:

For further information: Lucie Dufresne, Communications Consultant,
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), (514) 890-8000, ext.
15380, Pager: (514) 860-7110; Source: Nicole Beaulieu, M.A, ARP, Director,
Communications, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)

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