Trillium Health Centre To Undergo Major Expansion

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Trillium Health Centre To Undergo Major Expansion

Ministry of Infrastructure

Provincial Investment Will Reduce Wait Times, Improve Care For Residents Of Mississauga, Etobicoke-Lakeshore And The Peel Region MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 1 - Residents of Mississauga, Etobicoke and the Peel Region will have improved access to healthcare thanks to a major investment in the Trillium Health Centre's Mississauga and Queensway sites. The announcement was made today by Mississauga Centre MPP Harinder Takhar and Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Laurel Broten 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 wait times and upgrade medical equipment in Mississauga and Etobicoke and across the province," said Takhar. "This will make it easier for people in Mississauga and Etobicoke to get the cardiac and cancer services they need." The Trillium Health Centre project involves construction of a new west wing at the Mississauga site. It will accommodate expanded cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization, cardiovascular intensive care, medical care, intensive care and coronary beds, as well as diagnostic and support services. It will mean redeveloped and modernized space for 135 beds. At the Queensway site, ambulatory care facilities, urgent care and cancer detection and treatment will be expanded to house a new Ambulatory Cancer Detection and Treatment facility, replacing the temporary facilities currently located at the Mississauga site. "The McGuinty government is re-building Ontario's healthcare facilities. Everyone in this region - everyone in the province - will benefit," said Broten. Overall, the redevelopment of Trillium Health Centre will significantly increase the hospital's bed capacity. Construction is slated to start in 2006. "Under the province's ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan, over the course of the next five years the government and its partners will invest $5 billion in health care facilities," said Caplan. "This project will ensure people in the area will get the modern, effective health care they need and deserve," said Smitherman. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal has approved the Trillium Health Centre as an alternative financing and procurement project. This means the construction work will be financed and carried out by the private sector, which will assume the financial risks if the project is not finished on time and on budget. Once the hospital is built, it will be publicly owned, controlled and accountable. "This announcement meets an urgent need in our community for better access and improved patient care services. As a leader in health innovation, it is our commitment to our patients, their families and our communities, to transform their experience of health care," said Ken W. White, President and CEO of Trillium Health Centre. "Today, we are crossing an important milestone in this journey." "The OHA has long supported the use of innovative financing models to fund the construction and modernization of Ontario's hospitals," said Hilary Short, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). "They allow hospitals to harness private sector capital and expertise and move forward quickly with projects that will benefit patients and their communities and remain in public hands." 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. EXPANSION OF FACILITIES AT TRILLIUM HEALTH CENTRE The Trillium Health Centre, operating in Mississauga and Southwest Toronto, serves as a regional centre for stroke, neurosurgery, sexual assault and domestic violence. It is also a provincial centre for cardiac services for residents of Mississauga, Etobicoke-Lakeshore and the Peel Region. The Ontario government is supporting the expansion of facilities at Trillium Health Centre's Mississauga and Queensway sites. The province's commitment means that the hospital can move ahead with expansions at both sites that include: Mississauga site: - A new west wing to provide for: - An additional cardiac catheterization lab - An additional cardiac operating room - Three additional cardiovascular intensive care beds - Two additional coronary care beds and - Medical-surgical beds - The new west wing results in redeveloped and modernized space for 135 beds. Queensway site: - A new Ambulatory Cancer Detection and Treatment facility to replace the temporary one currently located at the Mississauga site. Overall, the redevelopment of Trillium Health Centre will significantly increase the hospital's bed capacity. The project is expected to begin in 2006. Alternative Financing and Procurement The project has been approved as an alternative financing and procurement project, which means that the construction work will be financed and carried out by the private sector. The alternative financing 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. 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 Trillium Health Centre 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 Trillium Health Centre project is part of ReNew Ontario - the government's five-year infrastructure investment strategy. Under this strategy, 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 $5 billion in health care by 2010. Over the next five years, the goal 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. Disponible en fran├žais. www.pir.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Wilson Lee, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8735; Shannon McFadyen, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1316