TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - Plans to build a new hospital in Toronto for
people living with complex chronic disease and disability took another step
forward today when Bridgepoint Health and Infrastructure Ontario released a
request for proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance and maintain the new
Bridgepoint Hospital, which will replace the existing facility.
Expressly designed to serve people in need of rehabilitation services and
living with complex chronic disease and disability, the new hospital will be
10 storeys high, have a capacity for 472 beds and be approximately 600,000
square feet in size. Additionally, the historic Don Jail, which will be
incorporated into the new site, will be refurbished into the administrative
and education centre for the hospital and will be open to the public, on a
The three building teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and
maintain the new Bridgepoint Hospital are:
- Access Bridgepoint Health - Babcock & Brown Canada ULC, Farrow
Partnership Architects, Barton Malow/McKay Cocker/Walbridge Aldinger,
- Carillion Canada Inc. - Carillion Canada Inc., HOK Architects
Corporation/Montgomery Sisam Architects, Vanbots Construction,
Carillion/Vanbots Services Bridgepoint Inc., CIT Group Securities
(Canada) Inc. (Financial Advisor); and
- Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd. - Plenary Group, HDR Architects/Diamond
Schmitt Architects Inc., PCL Constructors Inc., Johnston Controls
The teams were shortlisted through a request for qualifications (RFQ)
process that determined the teams have the development, design, construction,
financial, and facilities management capacity to undertake a project of this
size and complexity.
Once submissions to the RFP are received and reviewed, a winning project
team will be selected and announced in early 2009; construction is scheduled
to begin shortly after. A copy of the RFP is available on Infrastructure
"This project demonstrates our government's commitment to provide
resources and facilities to serve the health care needs of people across
Ontario," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
Infrastructure. "The Bridgepoint Health project is part of the government's
five-year $30-billion-plus infrastructure investment plan which represents the
biggest investment in health care infrastructure in more than a generation."
"The Bridgepoint Health project is an essential part of the government's
commitment to renew hospitals," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care. "This project will improve the quality of care for people
living with complex chronic disease and disability."
"This announcement takes us one step closer to building a much needed
hospital in Toronto for people living with complex chronic disease," says
Marian Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bridgepoint Health. "It
also means we will be able to unveil the design of our new hospital to the
community and more people will discover how we are changing the world for
people living with complex chronic disease and disability through the
construction of this new health care facility."
Bridgepoint Health, in Toronto, provides patient care, research and
teaching in the specialized field of complex chronic disease prevention and
management - one of the most important health care challenges of the 21st
century. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, the Bridgepoint Health
network includes Bridgepoint Hospital, Bridgepoint Family Health Team, the
Bridgepoint Centre for Research, Education and Policy, and the Bridgepoint
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with Bridgepoint Health to build the new 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.
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Founded in 1860 as the House of Refuge, the current Bridgepoint Health
network focuses on providing a continuum of care for people who require
specialized complex continuing care and rehabilitation. The Bridgepoint Health
network employs approximately 1,200 employees and consists of Bridgepoint
Hospital, Bridgepoint Family Health Team, Bridgepoint Centre for Research,
Education and Policy and the Bridgepoint Health Foundation.
Bridgepoint is in the final stages of procuring a team to design, build,
finance and maintain a new hospital specifically designed for patients
affected by multiple chronic diseases and disability such as advanced diabetes
with complications, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, stroke and
other complex illnesses.
The new hospital will be 10 storeys high, have a capacity for 472 beds
and be approximately 600,000 square feet in size. Additionally, the historic
Don Jail, which will be incorporated into the new site, will be refurbished
into the administrative and education centre for the hospital and will be open
to the public, on a prescribed basis.
The new hospital will offer:
- Patient rooms designed specifically for complex continuing care and
complex rehabilitation needs;
- New therapy and rehabilitation space on every floor providing
patients with improved access to therapy;
- New clinical space serving in-patients and out-patients and offering
access to leading clinicians;
- Increased room space per patient to meet Provincial standards; and
- Classrooms and a lecture hall to support clinical education, which
will attract and retain the best and brightest specialized health
The new hospital will relieve the congestion of the current hospital
building, upgrade patient treatment capabilities through the use of advanced
medical and information technologies and enhance Bridgepoint Health's teaching
and research capabilities.
Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2009.
For further information:
For further information: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-4418; Bernadette Seward, Bridgepoint Health, (416)
461-8252 x 2177; Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 327-5325