Quinte Healthcare Corporation's Belleville Site To Be Redeveloped

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Quinte Healthcare Corporation's Belleville Site To Be Redeveloped

Ministry of Infrastructure

Provincial Investment Will Reduce Waiting Times, Improve Treatment In Quinte region BELLEVILLE, ON, Aug. 22 - Quinte residents will have improved access to healthcare, thanks to a major investment in the Quinte Healthcare Corporation's Belleville site. The announcement was made today by Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Ernie Parsons on behalf of Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "This project is an essential part of the McGuinty government's plan to modernize hospitals, reduce waiting times and upgrade medical equipment in the Quinte region and across the province," Mr. Parsons said. The Quinte Healthcare redevelopment project will involve construction of a new wing to accommodate an expansion including intensive care, supportive services and a children's treatment centre; redeveloping the emergency department and hospital laboratory; redeveloping surgical suites and renovating the medical and mental health unit. Overall the hospital's capacity will increase by 77 beds. "Under the province's ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan, over the course of the next five years the government and its partners will invest more than $5 billion in health care facilities," said Caplan. "The McGuinty government is re-building Ontario's healthcare facilities. Everyone in this region - everyone in the province - will benefit." "This project will ensure people in the Quinte region get the modern, effective health care they need and deserve," said Minister of Health and Long-term Care George Smitherman The government has approved the Quinte Healthcare expansion as a construction finance project under its Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) strategy, which means that the construction work will be financed and carried out by the private sector. The construction finance approach will allow for the project to be completed on budget and on time and for the construction risk to be transferred over to the private sector. On-going maintenance and operational services will be managed directly by the hospital. "This publicly owned hospital will give better access to services to people undergoing surgery, children, acute care and mental health patients in a state-of-the-art facility," said Leona. Dombrowsky, MPP for Hastings- Frontenac-Lennox and Addington. "This project is important to everyone who lives in the Belleville area, and throughout the Quinte Region," add Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland. "On behalf of QHC, I want to thank the Ministries of Public Infrastructure Renewal and Health and Long Term Care for their commitment to the people of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties," said Jack Gibbons, chair of the board of directors at Quinte Health Care. "This announcement represents the culmination of a huge community effort and the hundreds of people who have contributed deserve great credit." All aspects of the project will be consistent with the principles of the government's Building a Better Tomorrow framework, which clearly states that hospitals must remain under public ownership and control. www.pir.gov.on.ca Disponible en français Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- EXPANSION OF QUINTE HEALTHCARE BELLEVILLE SITE Quinte Healthcare Corporation is a multi-site hospital serving people and communities in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and the southeast portion of Northumberland County. The Corporation operates hospital facilities in Belleville, Trenton, Bancroft and Picton. The Ontario government is undertaking a major 77-bed expansion and other improvements to the corporation's Belleville site. Work on the project is expected to begin later this year. An existing hospital wing will be demolished and reconstructed to accommodate expanded services. Services that are currently being provided in the existing wing will be temporarily relocated during the construction. The project includes: - Expanding the complex continuing care (CCC) unit, the rehabilitation program and the intensive care unit (ICU) - Constructing a new Children's Treatment Centre - Redeveloping support services, the hospital's emergency services department, laboratory and surgical suites - Renovating the medical and mental health unit, and perioperative and in-patient services. Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) The project has been approved as a construction finance project under the Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) strategy, which means that the construction work will be financed and carried out by the private sector. The construction finance approach will allow for the project to be completed on budget and on time and for the construction risk to be transferred over to the private sector. On-going maintenance and operational services will be managed directly by the hospital. Framework for Planning, Financing and Procuring Infrastructure The government has made it clear that public hospitals, and also schools and water and sewage treatment facilities, will remain under public ownership and control. All aspects of the Quinte Healthcare project will be consistent with the principles of the government's Building a Better Tomorrow framework announced by Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan in July 2004. The guiding principles of the framework are: 1. The public interest is paramount. 2. Value for money must be demonstrable. 3. Appropriate public control/ownership must be preserved. 4. Accountability must be maintained. 5. All processes must be fair, transparent and efficient. ReNew Ontario The Quinte Healthcare expansion project is part of the government's $30 billion, five-year infrastructure investment plan, called ReNew Ontario. Under this plan, the province and its partners will invest more than $30 billion over the next five years in Ontario's public infrastructure. ReNew Ontario commits the government and its partners to investing at least $5 billion in health care by 2010. The goal over the next five years is to modernize Ontario's health infrastructure by updating equipment and expanding capacity to meet the needs of the province's growing and aging population. The long-term infrastructure investment plan is designed to support the government's goal of achieving better health for Ontarians. A total of 33 health infrastructure projects will be started between 2005 and 2007, and 33 others will be started during the final three years of the plan. Disponible en français www.pir.gov.on.caFor further information: Wilson Lee, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8735; Shannon McFadyen, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1316