Infrastructure Ontario and Bridgepoint Health announced today is the deadline for the pre-qualified building teams to submit their proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the new Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, which will replace the existing facility. 

Expressly designed to serve people in need of rehabilitation services and living with complex chronic disease and disability, the new hospital will be 10 storeys high, with larger rooms, a new clinic, a capacity for 472 beds and be approximately 600,000 square feet in size. Additionally, the historic Don Jail, which will be incorporated into the new site, will be refurbished into the administrative and education centre for the hospital and will be open to the public, on a prescribed basis. 

Over the next few months, Bridgepoint Health and Infrastructure Ontario will evaluate the bidders' proposals based on criteria set out in the request for proposals (RFP).  The successful bidder is expected to be announced in early summer 2009 when the evaluation process is complete.  Project costs will be announced publicly following financial close of the project. Construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter. 

“Renewing our hospitals is an essential part of ensuring quality health care for Ontario's future,” said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Our government's continued investment in health care infrastructure means that Ontarians across this province can access the care they need when they need it, closer to home, in modern facilities.” 

“Step-by-step, we're getting closer to building a much needed hospital in Toronto for people living with complex chronic disease,” said Marian Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bridgepoint Health. “Our new hospital will allow us to improve our delivery of quality healthcare.” 

Bridgepoint Health, in Toronto, provides patient care, research and teaching in the specialized field of complex chronic disease prevention and management - one of the most important health care challenges of the 21st century. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, the Bridgepoint Health network includes Bridgepoint Hospital, Bridgepoint Family Health Team, the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, and the Bridgepoint Health Foundation. 

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Bridgepoint Health to develop the new hospital, 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. 

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Amy Tang       

Minister's Office     

Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure   


Tom Poldre

Bridgepoint Health 

416-461-8251 x 2970

Jessica Hooker  

Infrastructure Ontario   


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