Humber River Regional Hospital plans unveiled
TORONTO – Plenary Health Care Partnerships was announced as the preferred proponent selected to design, build, finance and maintain the new Humber River Regional Hospital.
The new hospital, located in north Toronto, will have increased patient capacity from 549 beds up to 656 beds. It will enable Humber River to provide a more comprehensive range of acute care services and support for inpatient and outpatient hospital programs.
“[The] announcement of Plenary Health Care Partnerships as the preferred proponent for our new hospital project is important news for our patients, community and hospital team,” said Dr. Rueben Devlin (pictured), President and CEO of Humber River Regional Hospital.
“It means that this fall we will begin construction of the new Humber River Regional Hospital. Designed to maximize the benefits of technology, lean design and environmental planning, our new building will enable our hospital team to further enhance the high quality, safe, efficient care they provide in our current facilities. It will allow care providers more time at the bedside, nurturing the personal interactions that form the basis of great hospital care.”
The selection of Plenary Health Care Partnerships is the result of extensive evaluations following an open, fair and competitive request for proposals process that began in October 2010. The Toronto-based Plenary Health Care Partnerships team includes:
• Developer: Plenary Group (Canada) Inc./HCP Social Infrastructure (Canada) Limited /Innisfree Ltd.
• Design: HDR Architects/C.F. Møller Architects
• Construction: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
• Facilities Management: Johnson Controls LP
• Financial Advisor: RBC Capital Markets
The design and construction of the new hospital will adhere to the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED® Silver certification. LEED® buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
Infrastructure Ontario and Humber River Regional Hospital will now work to finalize contract details with the preferred bidder. The project is expected to reach commercial close and financial close this fall, which will mean that relevant contracts have been signed and a financing rate has been set. The project’s cost will be announced publicly at financial close.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Humber River Regional Hospital to build the new facility, which will remain publicly owned and publicly controlled.
The new facility will offer:
• greater access to high quality health care;
• reduced wait times;
• expanded emergency services;
• increased specialized outpatient services;
• modern diagnostic equipment for better patient diagnosis and treatment; and
• updated infectious disease containment systems to monitor and prevent a broad range of infections.
The project will create spin-off benefits in the community and region with the supplies purchased from local businesses and the potential for hundreds of construction workers to be employed during the project. Construction is expected to begin in this fall.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province’s larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada and providing real estate services, such as asset management and property and land management; and providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.
Humber River Regional Hospital
Humber River Regional Hospital is one of Ontario’s largest regional acute care hospitals, serving more than 850,000 residents in the northwest Greater Toronto Area, one of Canada’s fastest growing and most ethnically diverse communities. Humber River Regional Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, operates on three sites (Church Street, Finch Avenue and Keele Street) with a total of 549 beds, 3,000 staff, and approximately 600 physicians. Its Emergency Program sees approximately 95,000 patients on an annual basis and the maternal newborn program delivers approximately 4,600 babies each year.
Humber River Regional Hospital project
Humber River Regional Hospital’s new state-of-the-art acute care facility will be constructed on a block of approximately 27 acres at Keele Street and Highway 401 in northwest Toronto.
Project highlights include:
• Increased capacity on opening from 549 to 656 beds to meet the needs of the growing surrounding community;
• Expanding emergency services to accommodate approximately 15 per cent more visits;
• Increased specialized geriatric outpatient services, which will include clinics, therapy services, medical consultation services and emergency management services;
• Modern diagnostics equipment for detailed, accurate patient diagnosis and treatment; and
• Updated infectious disease containment systems to monitor and prevent a broad range of infections.
Humber River Regional Hospital has three main objectives for the project, Lean, Green and Digital.
Lean – based on the philosophy of form follows function, the hospital will enhance clinical workflow with technologies promoting efficient use of staff and resources. This allows for smooth movement of patients, staff and visitors while reducing waiting times.
Green – Humber River Regional Hospital believes health, health care and the environment are inextricably linked. The design and construction of the new hospital will adhere to the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED® Silver certification. LEED® buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
Digital – The key objective of a digital hospital is to utilize the most current technologies possible to enhance all aspects of quality care delivery. It leverages technology wherever possible to improve efficiency, accuracy, reliability and safety. It also allows for easier information flow and access to care providers, patients and community partners.
When completed, the new hospital will be approximately 1.6 million square feet.
Posted September 8, 2011