The road to success is always under construction. - Lily Tomlin
These days it can seem like Osler is constantly under construction. But, we are making significant improvements to each site that will provide us with the facilities to continue to deliver patient-inspired health care well into the future.
We continue to make steady progress on Peel redevelopment and we will soon recognize another exciting milestone. The close of the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the project is imminent, when the three short-listed teams will submit their final bids to design, build, finance and maintain the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
Since the RFP was released in June, a dedicated team of Osler staff, physicians, volunteers and community members have spent many hours in consultation with each of the three teams to provide important feedback on designs. This is no easy task and for this they deserve a round of applause.
Osler, along with our partners at Infrastructure Ontario, will spend the next several months evaluating proposals from the short-listed teams. Following evaluation, the successful team will be announced and construction is expected to begin shortly after. This is anticipated for Spring 2014.
Over at Etobicoke General, the cafeteria received an exciting makeover during the month of November.
Next time you visit the hospital, be sure to check out our beautiful, modern space and enjoy a sandwich from the new Subway counter in the redesigned seating area. Renovations also took place at the Tim Hortons location to provide more meal options and faster service for people on the go.
Piping and paving projects that have been taking place outside Etobicoke General will wrap up before the holidays. In the New Year we will be turning our focus to early works projects that will help prepare the hospital grounds for the construction of the new four-storey wing.
Last week, we also received word from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care that our submission for an additional $10M to continue with infrastructure improvements at the site was approved. We will begin planning activities for the work earlier in the New Year. Stay tuned for more.
At Brampton Civic, the renovation for the Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Collection lab on the third floor Labour and Delivery unit is underway in order to meet the Canadian Blood Services deadlines for opening the lab.