Halton Healthcare Services Future Unveiled

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Halton Healthcare Services Future Unveiled

Ministry of Infrastructure

Location Finalized For New Hospital OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 10 - Hospital and government officials joined Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville and John Oliver, President and CEO Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) today to celebrate the McGuinty government's transfer of 50 acres of land for the new Halton Healthcare Services hospital in Oakville. To mark the transfer a project sign was unveiled at the corner of 3rd Line and Dundas Street West, the site of the new hospital. "Today marks an important milestone for this project and is an example of the McGuinty government's commitment to improving healthcare for Oakville residents," said MPP Flynn. "The land the government has provided is the foundation for the building of a new hospital for the people of Oakville." "Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's infrastructure at an unprecedented rate," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, David Caplan. "These projects are part of the McGuinty government's $30-billion plus infrastructure investment to modernize public infrastructure while ensuring value for taxpayer dollars." "These projects are an essential part of our government's plan to renew hospitals and lower emergency room wait times in the local community and across the province," said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, George Smitherman. "Once complete, this new hospital will improve access to important health services so that Oakville residents will get the care they need, when they need it." The new, state-of-the-art facility will provide improved service, as well as reduced waiting times, more beds and a full range of health services including acute care, obstetrics and paediatrics, surgical care, mental health programs and complex continuing care. "This is a very exciting project for our organization and our community. The sign will be the most visible aspect of the New Oakville Hospital project on the property until construction begins in 2010. It is a symbol of our commitment to bring state of the art healthcare to Oakville," said John Oliver, President and CEO, Halton Healthcare Services. "The province's investment in the new Oakville hospital demonstrates their commitment to the residents of our community and the healthcare professionals working for Halton Healthcare Services." The 50 acres is part of the Oakville Land Assembly, an area of 1,095 acres of provincially owned land bound by Highway 407 to the north, Dundas Street to the south, Sixteen Mile Creek to the east and Bronte Road to the west. The hospital will be designed to comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. LEED buildings must meet high standards that address matters such as indoor air quality and energy efficiency. These buildings enjoy some of the highest user satisfaction rates in North America. Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will work with Halton Healthcare Services to develop the new facility, 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. The projects are 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. Disponible en français www.ontario.ca/pir Contact Info For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Paulette Den Elzen, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 327-5764; Trish Carlton, Halton Healthcare Services, (905) 338-4668 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Paulette Den Elzen, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 327-5764; Trish Carlton, Halton Healthcare Services, (905) 338-4668