New hospital planned for Kingston
KINGSTON, Ont. – Infrastructure
Ontario and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) have signed a $142-million
contract with PCL Constructors Canada Inc. to build and finance the
hospital’s massive redevelopment project.
The building team, led by PCL Constructors Canada Inc., includes
financing arranged by the Toronto-Dominion Bank. The deal commits the
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. team to build and finance the redevelopment
project. The hospital will pay PCL Constructors Canada Inc. $142 million
when the project reaches substantial completion in spring 2012.
The KGH project includes 170,000 sq. ft. of new construction and
renovations to the existing 143,000 sq. ft. facility.
“This marks an important milestone for Kingston General Hospital,” said
George Smitherman, deputy premier and minister of energy and
infrastructure. “This redevelopment will enhance the quality of life and
quality of care for families in the Kingston area that rely on the
specialized cancer care and kidney dialysis services provided by KGH.”
Highlights of the redevelopment project include an expanded cancer
centre with two new radiation bunkers and more than double the space for
chemotherapy treatment, plus: an expanded kidney dialysis unit; more
beds for intensive care (from 21 to 33); a specialized clinic area for
paediatric patients; and improved central processing services.
The provincial government will fund 90 percent of the project’s eligible
construction costs, 100 percent of eligible planning costs, and some
specialized radiation therapy equipment.
Costs associated with other medical equipment and furniture are funded
wholly by the hospital through funds raised by the University Hospitals
At the peak of construction, there will be more than 75 workers on site
daily. “By increasing services, patients will have better access to the
care they need close to home in comfortable surroundings,” said MPP for
Kingston and the Islands, John Gerretsen.
“This redevelopment project will allow the hospital to better cope with
the challenges of our aging population in southeastern Ontario.”
It’s a huge project, admits Ted Darby, vice- president of planning for
Kingston’s university hospitals.
“In effect, we are adding space equivalent to the new downtown K-Rock
Centre and we’re renovating two-and-half Memorial Centres. We are doing
this while our dedicated staff continues to provide care to patients
from across southeastern Ontario.”
“We appreciate the support of the provincial government in helping to
make this much-needed major expansion and renovations happen -â€” it is
a significant step in the renewal of our health sciences centre.”
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with KGH to redevelop and expand the hospital, which will remain
publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.