Construction begins at new Woodstock
WOODSTOCK, Ont. – George Smitherman,
Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, joined
hospital officials, staff, community members and healthcare partners to
celebrate the official start of construction for the new Woodstock
Woodstock General Hospital broke ground on its new state-of-the-art
healthcare facility, which will replace the existing hospital. The new
facility will have capacity of up to 178 beds and will provide acute
in-patient, ambulatory, rehabilitation and complex continuing care
programs and services.
It will provide patients and staff with a high quality healing
environment and the latest technology in patient care and
communications. At three-storeys high and 350,000 square feet, the new
hospital will more than double the size of the current facility.
The existing hospital opened in 1895 and has 120 beds. At the new
hospital, healthcare professionals will offer a full-range of clinical
services and programs, including:
• Physiotherapy and rehabilitation services
• Cardio-respiratory services
• Pharmacy and laboratory services
• A new inpatient rehabilitation program, in partnership with community
• A diagnostic Imaging (DI) department using the latest in digital
imaging technologies for diagnosis and to reduce patient wait times
• Surgical services
• Inpatient medical/surgical beds
• Critical care and complex continuing care
• A maternal/child/women’s health unit
• Inpatient and outpatient acute mental health services.
“Our government is undertaking Ontario’s largest ever hospital reform
initiative and the most ambitious infrastructure plan in a generation,”
said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minster of Energy and
Infrastructure. “But this project is more than simply increasing
capacity and building better facilities. Ultimately it is about
improving the quality of people’s lives and providing families in
Woodstock and the surrounding community with enhanced care close to
home. And I’m proud to be here today to celebrate this great
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) is the consortia responsible for
building, financing and maintaining the new facility. The ITS team
includes EllisDon, LPF Infrastructure Fund, Honeywell, CIT, Sunlife
Assurance Company, Great West Life and Industrial Alliance.
Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2011. At the peak of
construction, there will be approximately 200 workers on site daily.
“This is an extremely exciting day for our staff and our community. It
marks a significant stride in our commitment to provide the people we
serve with high quality healthcare,” said Natasa Veljovic, President and
CEO of Woodstock General Hospital.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Woodstock General Hospital to redevelop the 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.
www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.