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Labour & delivery to be re-developed at Mount Sinai

TORONTO –The Ontario government has approved redevelopment at Mount Sinai Hospital of obstetrical, neonatal and ambulatory services to provide women and infants with improved access to a full range of services.”

The Women’s and Infants’ Health Program project includes a new labour and delivery unit, a new neo-natal intensive care unit and level II nurseries, as well as modern antenatal and post-natal units and expanded ambulatory care space.

This project is scheduled to begin no later than 2009-2010. The announcement includes an $8-million investment for planning and design at the hospital, with $7 million going towards the Women’s and Infants’ Health Program project and $1 million to develop the proposal and business case for an ambulatory surgical centre project and an upgrade project for the clinical medical/surgical program.

“Mount Sinai Hospital is committed to providing the very best in patient and family-centered care for Ontarians, and we are delighted by today’s announcement that the province supports our goal to develop much-needed space for our regional Women’s and Infants’ Health Program,” said Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mount Sinai’s capital project is one of several hospital projects approved under ReNew Ontario, the government’s five-year, $30-billion plan to modernize and replace many of the province’s hospitals, schools and post-secondary institutions. ReNew Ontario includes $5 billion for healthcare infrastructure.

“This hospital capital project is part of our government’s plan to help ensure Ontarians have the high quality services they need and deserve,” said David Caplan, the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. “For the first time, this province has a long-term plan for building and developing our hospitals that will bring much needed stability and certainty to hospitals and better health care for 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. “We welcome today’s important investment at Mount Sinai, and we look forward to further investments like these in the months and years ahead.”