Short-listed teams invited to submit bids on new Oakville Hospital project

TORONTO, May 31 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Halton Healthcare Services released a request for proposals (RFP) today to three companies short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain the new replacement Oakville Hospital.

The short-listed companies - Hospital Infrastructure Partners Inc., Plenary Health and Community Health Consortium - have approximately six months to prepare and submit their bids to Infrastructure Ontario.

The New Oakville Hospital will be a state-of-the-art facility with a full range of health services including:

    -  complex continuing care;
    -  rehabilitation;
    -  renal dialysis;
    -  acute inpatient care;
    -  maternal child care;
    -  inpatient and outpatient mental health;
    -  secondary and tertiary level programs; and
    -  a new cancer clinic to provide chemotherapy administration, blood
       transfusions, procedures and clinical trials for oncology patients.

"Our government's unwavering dedication to give Oakville residents the new hospital they deserve is clearly illustrated by today's announcement. The tremendous staff at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will be able to better serve Oakville's health needs at this state-of-the-art facility," said Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville.

Once under construction, this project will create spin off jobs in the community and will stimulate economic development in the region.

"The issuance of the RFP signifies a major milestone on our journey to make the New Oakville Hospital a reality. We are on schedule to begin construction next year and are looking forward to working with Infrastructure Ontario and the successful bidder to build a hospital that will better meet the healthcare needs of our community today, tomorrow and for many years to come," said John Oliver, President and CEO, Halton Healthcare Services

The design and construction of the new hospital will adhere to the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED(R) Silver certification. LEED buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

Once submissions to the RFP are received and evaluated, Infrastructure Ontario and Halton Healthcare Services will select and announce the successful project team, anticipated in spring 2011. Construction is expected to begin shortly after.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Halton Healthcare Services to develop the new replacement 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.

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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

For further information: For further information: Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 325-2939; Trish Carlton, Halton Healthcare Services, (905) 338-4668

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