ETOBICOKE, ON, May 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and William Osler Health System have released a request for proposals to the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the new Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project.
A request for qualifications process that began in October 2014 shortlisted the top three teams with the development, design, construction, financial and facilities management capacity to undertake a project of this size and complexity. The teams invited to bid are EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership and Plenary Health.
The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project, involving the construction of a new four-storey wing, will add approximately 250,000 square feet of space to the existing facility and house the services most urgently needed by the Etobicoke community. Project features include:
- a larger, state-of-the-art emergency department to better meet the community's need for high-quality emergency care
- an ICU/CCU nearly four times larger than the current space
- larger patient rooms filled with natural light that provide privacy and space to accommodate family members
- a maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized Level II nursery for patients with non-life-threatening complications
- an ambulatory procedures unit featuring procedure/operating rooms, pre- and post-op preparation and recovery areas and dedicated clinic spaces, including a respiratory clinic
The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project will focus on sustainable design and construction with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) 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 request for proposals are received and evaluated, the successful project team is expected to be selected and announced in spring/summer 2016. Construction is expected to begin shortly after.
IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with William Osler Health System on the expansion project, which will see Etobicoke General Hospital remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"I'm pleased to report that we are on track to begin construction of Etobicoke General Hospital's new Patient Tower next year. This project will help meet the health-care needs of the Etobicoke community by improving access to high-quality services in the community."
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"I am very pleased with the progress being made on this important healthcare project, and I look forward to construction commencing. The Etobicoke General Hospital Patient Tower will provide the community with vital health-care services, while creating local jobs and stimulating the province's economy.
John Davies, Board Chair, William Osler Health System
"For residents of North Etobicoke, this means that we are one step closer to transforming Etobicoke General Hospital and ensuring families have access to the services they rely on, such as emergency and women's and children's care. Over the last 43 years, there have been dramatic shifts and increases in Osler's patient volumes and acuity and in the community itself. What has only grown stronger is the commitment of the staff, physicians and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide care, treatment and support to those we serve."
Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System
"When it comes to Etobicoke General, Osler's vision of 'patient-inspired health care without boundaries' will lead us to help change the face of health care in this community for generations to come. Together with our partners and with the significant support of the Ontario government, we are transforming this hospital and positioning Osler on the leading edge of health-care delivery in this region and beyond."
IO is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex, public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement. Infrastructure Ontario also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.
William Osler Health System is a hospital system "Accredited with Exemplary Standing" that serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities within the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Osler's emergency departments are among the busiest in Canada and its labour and delivery program is one of the largest in the province. William Osler Health System Foundation builds and fosters relationships in order to raise funds to support William Osler Health System's capital, education and research priorities at Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health & Wellness.
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information: Nancy Kuyumcu, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-327-5764; Cara Francis, William Osler Health System, 905-494-2120 ext. 59467