The expansion and redevelopment at Cambridge Memorial Hospital is one step closer to coming to realization as the request for proposals stage has closed for prequalified companies to submit bids to build and finance the project.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre joined representatives from the Hospital to make the announcement during a sign unveiling event today.
Cambridge area patients will benefit from increased capacity at the hospital, through a combination of renovations and new construction of 54 new and 143 redeveloped beds. A new acute care wing will be built to include:
- clinical services, including a surgical suite, birthing suite, emergency department, medical/surgical unit, intensive care unit, maternal newborn unit, pediatric unit and mental health unit
- clinical support services, including a laboratory and central supply services
- a medical education campus, main entrance, lobby, registration and retail area
Major interior renovations will occur in the existing ‘B Wing’ and will support upgrades primarily to the rehabilitation, medical surgical, emergency and diagnostic imaging units. Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and Cambridge Memorial Hospital will evaluate the proposals. The successful bidder and cost of the project will be announced publicly following financial close, anticipated for late summer 2014. Construction is expected to begin shortly after.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Cambridge Memorial Hospital to expand and renovate the facility, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario’s alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Today’s milestone demonstrates the government’s Action Plan for Health Care commitment to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s redevelopment will mean patients will have access to high quality care in modern facilities, when they need it.”
Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
“This is an important investment in infrastructure for Cambridge. Not only does it further enhance the health care services available in the community, but the expansion of this facility will create jobs and spur economic activity that will benefit the entire region.”
John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre
“I am excited to see this project take the next step forward. The expansion and redevelopment of Cambridge Memorial Hospital will bring so many benefits to the people of this community.”
Patrick Gaskin, President and CEO, Cambridge Memorial Hospital
“This is an exciting day that marks another step towards building a new and completely transformed hospital. I am thrilled our vision for a modern facility will be soon realized for Cambridge and North Dumfries.”