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Milton hospital expansion to start in spring after consortium chosen


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Construction for the Milton District Hospital expansion project is set to begin in the spring, said Denise Hardenne, president and CEO of Halton Healthcare Services.

On Tuesday, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) announced the selection of a consortium that will be in charge of the design, build, finance and maintenance of the hospital expansion project. After extensive evaluations, a group called Plenary Health will begin work on the 330,000-square-foot space.

“Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to getting shovels in the ground on the Milton District Hospital expansion project. This expansion will result in an amazing, state-of-the-art facility, enhancing high-quality healthcare services in Canada’s fastest growing city,” said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins.

The project will more than double the number of inpatient beds, from 63 to 129, and will include an expansion of emergency, surgical services, medical/surgical inpatient units, critical care, maternal newborn and diagnostic imaging and support services. It will also include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine as well as a special care nursery in the new maternal newborn area.

Services will also include 80 per cent single-patient rooms for improved infection prevention and control and to provide increased patient privacy and a quieter healing environment.

“It’s going to more than triple the size of the facility,” said Hardenne.

The hospital expansion has been a long-waited project, with request for quotations from interested bidders going out in August 2013. Requests for proposals closed in October 2014 and since then, an extensive evaluation process was undertaken, with IO and HHS examining design, technical elements, facilities management and financial considerations.

Hardenne said it was imperative to recognize the Province of Ontario and the Town of Milton for its support, as well as the Milton District Hospital Foundation for contributing to the project.

“The expansion and the addition of new services will make a significant difference to the residents of our communities and our staff, physicians and volunteers. We thank the provincial government and the Town of Milton for investing in the health of our community,” she said.

All parties involved are working on getting a commercial and financial agreement in place, which is expected to be complete by March. Construction will follow immediately after the paperwork is in order.

“This is an exciting announcement for the community of Halton. The progress being made on the expansion of the Milton District Hospital brings our residents closer to the state-of-the-art healthcare facility we need,” said Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris.

The Plenary Health team includes the developer, Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd., the constructor, PCL Constructors Canada Inc., the architect, B+H Architects, RTKL Associates, the financial advisor, RBC Capital Markets, and the facility manager, Johnson Controls Canada LP.

Rachael Williams can be reached at rwilliams@miltoncanadianchampion.com or on Twitter @MiltonReports

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Published Wednesday, April 01, 2015 9:24 AM by Norm & Teri Lynn Hilson Broker Sales Rep

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