VAUGHAN, ON, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Mackenzie Health have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain a new state-of-the-art hospital that will be constructed in Vaughan at Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street.
The new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will include:
- a state-of-the-art emergency department
- modern surgical services and operating rooms
- acute inpatient and intensive care beds
- technologically-advanced diagnostic imaging
- specialized ambulatory clinics
- single acute care patient rooms for infection prevention and control
- a flexible design to permit adaptation over time as new thinking and best practices emerge
The request for qualifications is the first step in the process to select a team to design, build, finance and maintain the project. Submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the design and construction experience as well as the qualified personnel and financial strength to deliver a project the size and scope of the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. These teams will then be invited to respond to a request for proposals, which will be issued in the fall of 2014.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Mackenzie Health to build the new facility, which will be publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable. The City of Vaughan is moving ahead to prepare the site for development, which includes putting necessary municipal infrastructure in place to support the new hospital site. The planning and design for this work is currently being conducted by the city to allow the project team to begin construction on the new hospital project as early as possible after it is selected.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure and leverages its private sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.
Mackenzie Health is a regional healthcare provider that includes Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital as well as a network of community based services in Southwest York Region and beyond.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Today's announcement demonstrates our government's commitment to the people of Vaughan. The construction of the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is part our government's Action Plan for Health Care commitment to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place."
Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure
"This modern facility will not only improve access to health care, but it will also provide jobs and create economic benefits for the entire region."
Steven Del Duca, MPP, Vaughan
"This important milestone demonstrates that our government is committed to delivering the Vaughan Hospital and I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure that this state-of-the-art facility gets built as soon as possible."
Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health
"With the issuing of today's request for qualifications, construction of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital continues to be on schedule, and on budget to begin in 2015."
Dina Palozzi, Chair, Mackenzie Health Board of Directors
"Today's announcement brings Mackenzie Health yet another step closer to the opening of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in 2019 and to realizing its vision of creating a world class health experience for the people of our community."
SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
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