Ontario Invests In The Redevelopment Of Halton Healthcare Services Hospital In Oakville

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Ontario Invests In The Redevelopment Of Halton Healthcare Services Hospital In Oakville

Ministry of Infrastructure

Provincial Investment Will Reduce Waiting Times, Improve Treatment For Area Residents OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 19 - Residents of Oakville will have improved access to health care thanks to a major provincial government investment in building a new state-of-the-art hospital for Halton Healthcare Services here and renovations to expand the existing maternal child unit at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital site. MPP Kevin Flynn made the announcement today on behalf of Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan and Minister of Health and Long- Term Care George Smitherman. "This government investment will give local residents better access to a full range of hospital services," said Flynn, MPP for Oakville. "These projects are important to everyone in our community." The new facility will have more beds than Oakville's existing hospital facility, and will provide a full range of health services, including acute care, pediatrics, surgical care, mental health programs and complex continuing care. Expansion of the maternal child unit at the current Oakville site will mean that women and their families will have access to more appropriate space for family-centred care. Construction of the maternal child unit expansion project is slated to begin in 2006/2007. "The McGuinty government is re-building Ontario's public infrastructure, and this project is an essential part of our plan to modernize hospitals, reduce waiting times and upgrade medical equipment - in this area, and throughout the province," Caplan said. "Our infrastructure investments are helping us build a stronger, healthier and more prosperous province." "This project will ensure people in this community have access to the modern, effective health care they need and deserve," said Smitherman. The province has approved the new Oakville hospital 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 is a spectacular day for Halton Healthcare Services and the residents of Halton," said John Oliver, HHS president and CEO. "The announcement of these two projects ensures that Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will be prepared to meet the healthcare needs of our patients, their families and our growing communities. This is a major milestone as we embark on a new path for the delivery of quality health care services and programs to our community. We thank the provincial government for investing in the health of our communities." "Ontario doctors support the government's plan to modernize and expand Ontario's hospital infrastructure," said Greg Flynn, President of the Ontario Medical Association, representing 24,000 physicians. "Patient care is paramount - a healthier infrastructure means healthier hospitals and healthier Ontarians." "The ReNew Ontario plan will make it possible for many hospitals to undertake much-needed capital improvements to facilities that, across Ontario, average 43 years old," said Hilary Short, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). "Innovative financing models allow hospitals to harness private sector capital and expertise and move forward quickly with projects that will benefit patients and their communities." Under the province's ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan, the McGuinty government and its partners are investing $5 billion over the next five years to improve Ontario's health care facilities. Disponible en français www.pir.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO INVESTS IN THE REDEVELOPMENT OF HALTON HEALTHCARE SERVICES HOSPITAL IN OAKVILLE Oakville residents are currently served by the aging Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, which is operated by Halton Healthcare Services Corporation. Numerous studies and Halton Healthcare's proposal and business case support the need for a new hospital to serve the area's growing population. The Ontario government is supporting an expansion of the maternal child unit at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital to provide appropriate space for family-centred care. The government is also investing in a new state-of-the-art hospital to serve Oakville residents and others in Halton Region. The new facility will have more beds than Oakville's existing hospital facility, and will provide a full range of health services, including acute care, pediatrics, surgical care, mental health programs and complex continuing care. Alternative Financing and Procurement The new facility project has been approved as an alternative financing and procurement project, which means that the facility will be owned by the government, but 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 new Oakville hospital 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 new Oakville hospital 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. Contact: John Letherby Communications Branch (416) 325-1810 Disponible en français www.pir.gov.on.caFor further information: Wilson Lee, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8735; John Letherby, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810