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BUILDING TEAM SELECTED FOR LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE AND ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH CARE, LONDON PROJECTS

LONDON – London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, and Infrastructure Ontario have selected EllisDon Corporation to build and finance redevelopment projects at both hospitals.

The St. Joseph’s Health Care, London project will begin Phase 2 of the hospital’s ambulatory care renovations, which will provide space for:

• endoscopy;
• city-wide ophthalmology services (which will be transferring from London Health Sciences Centre);
• ear, nose and throat;
• ambulatory gynaecology; and
• diabetes/endocrinology.

The London Health Sciences Centre project involves the completion of approximately 465,000 square feet of shelled-in space in the North Tower at Victoria Hospital for new, state-of-the-art facilities in addition to approximately 100,000 square feet of renovations to the existing facilities. The finished space will accommodate:

• a new clinic, inpatient and administrative areas for Children’s Hospital;
• women’s care, including a new birthing centre and neonatal intensive care program (being transferred from St. Joseph’s Hospital);
• child, adolescent and adult inpatient and outpatient mental health care;
• adult medical/surgical inpatient care; and
• specialized clinical laboratories.

Additional space will also be provided for:
• diagnostic radiology and nuclear imaging services;
• a 350-seat auditorium with associated teaching facilities; and
• support space, including a cafeteria.

“Hospitals are one of the pillars of our communities,” said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. “This 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.”
“These projects are an essential part of the government’s commitment to renew hospitals,” said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Such projects will help lower wait times and improve access to quality family health care for all. Once complete, area residents will be able to get the care they need, when they need it, close to home.”

Financing for the London Health Sciences Centre project is being arranged by the Bank of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Financing for the St. Joseph’s Health Care, London project is being arranged by the Pacific and Western Bank of Canada. Financial close is expected within the next few weeks, with construction following shortly thereafter. Project costs will be released at financial close.

“The government’s investment in London-area hospitals is important to everyone in our region,” said Khalil Ramal, MPP for London-Fanshawe. “This investment is another example of the McGuinty government’s commitment to building a health care system that keeps Ontarians healthy, reduces wait times and improves access to doctors and nurses. It is an important milestone for health care in London.”

“We’re very pleased with the progress that is being made on these redevelopment projects,” said Cliff Nordal, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre and President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. “This announcement brings us one step closer to construction on projects that will provide our patients with the best facilities that we can offer, along with the exceptional care they already receive.”

Infrastructure Ontario is working with London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London to redevelop the hospitals, 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.

Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.


Contacts:

Amy Tang
Minister’s Office
Public Infrastructure Renewal
416-325-4048

Jessica Hooker
Infrastructure Ontario
416-327-5325

Pat Smith
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500 ext. 77062


Kelly Almond
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
519 646-6100 ext. 64791

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