Short-Listed Bidders Announced For New Woodstock General Hospital



    Project Attracts Industry Interest

    WOODSTOCK, ON, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities Christopher Bentley today announced the three companies
short-listed to build, finance and maintain hard services at the new Woodstock
General Hospital.
    "We are pleased to see the construction industry's interest in this
project," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan. "Our
government is making much needed improvements to Ontario's infrastructure at
an unprecedented rate. Competitive interest in public projects will ensure
value for taxpayers' dollars as we build strong, prosperous communities."
    Minister Bentley joined President and CEO of Woodstock General Hospital
Natasa Veljovic, hospital staff, community members and local officials to
announce the short-listed bidders during a sign unveiling event on the grounds
of the future health care facility.
    "Woodstock's project will make a difference in areas that matter to
people in this community: shorter wait times, better emergency care and
expanded services for the benefit of Woodstock residents," said Minister
Bentley.
    "This is a sign of our government's commitment to modernize and expand
health care infrastructure to improve access to quality health care," said
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman.
    The three consortia that were short-listed through a request for
qualifications (RFQ) and have been invited to bid on the project include:

    
    -   ITS (Integrated Team Solutions) consisting of EllisDon Corp.,
        EllisDon Facility Services Fengate / LPF Infrastructure Fund and
        Honeywell;
    -   Plenary Health consisting of Plenary Group, Deutsche Bank, PCL
        Constructors and Johnson Controls; and
    -   Carillion
    

    A request for qualifications was issued on June 4, 2007. The process
identified bid teams with the construction and facility management experience,
qualified personnel and financial strength to manage a project of this size
and complexity.
    The short-listed companies will be invited to respond to a request for
proposals (RFP) for the project, which is expected to be issued in fall 2007.
    "This is an exciting time for us as we move forward with our plans for
the new Woodstock General Hospital," said President and CEO of Woodstock
General Hospital Natasa Veljovic. "We will continue to work hard toward
meeting the growing health care needs of our community."
    The Woodstock General Hospital project includes construction of a 154-bed
facility of approximately 272,000 square feet. The new state-of-the-art
facility will include:

    
    -   A new 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation program, in partnership with
        available community agencies;
    -   Diagnostic Imaging (DI) using the latest in digital imaging
        technologies for diagnosis and reductions in patient wait times;
    -   Surgical Services with five operating room theatres;
    -   10 additional complex continuing care beds; and
    -   Two additional mental health beds.
    

    Hard facilities management services at the hospital will include
mechanical and electrical plant operations, utilities management and
life-cycle maintenance.
    By increasing services, patients will have better access to the care they
need close to home in comfortable surroundings. The new Woodstock General
Hospital will better meet current patient volumes and the expected volumes in
coming years.
    Infrastructure Ontario is working with Woodstock General Hospital to
develop 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.
    This project is 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 Woodstock
General Hospital project is one of many infrastructure projects being upgraded
and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year, $30-billion
plus public infrastructure investment plan.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.


    
                                 Backgrounder
    


    Woodstock General Hospital, a community health care facility providing
primary care to more than 55,000 people and specialty services to over 100,000
people within Oxford County, has been serving the community since 1895. The
hospital currently employs 144 doctors and 697 members of staff.
    Woodstock General Hospital's new state-of-the-art facility will consist
of approximately 272,000 square feet of new construction on a 25-acre
greenfield site in the south end of the city. The new facility will provide
increased clinical capacity in critical care, medical/surgical,
maternal/child/women's health, complex continuing care, palliative care,
inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient mental health services,
outpatient dialysis treatments, ambulatory clinics and procedures and
emergency medicine. Some planned increases in services include:

    
    -   A new 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation program, in partnership with
        available community agencies;
    -   Diagnostic Imaging (DI) using the latest in digital imaging
        technologies for diagnosis and reductions in patient wait times;
    -   Surgical Services with five operating room theatres;
    -   10 additional complex continuing care beds; and
    -   Two additional mental health beds.
    

    With this new facility, Woodstock General Hospital also aims to provide
the highest quality healing environment for its patients, increased patient
comfort control systems, improved access to natural lighting and the latest
technologies in bedside services and communications.
    The facility will provide staff with the latest technologies, permitting
enhanced responsiveness to manage changing healthcare needs and improved
communications with internal and external partners. It will greatly assist in
attracting physicians, nurses and medical professionals to Oxford County by
providing a contemporary working environment, with modern equipment.
    The new Woodstock Hospital will be the largest public sector construction
project in the area. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2008.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 325-2939; Natasa Veljovic, Woodstock General Hospital, (519) 421-4211


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