Concordia Hospital came into existence in 1928 on Machray Avenue as a three-bed maternity hospital, serving 28 mothers in its first year. This grew to 100 by year two, and Concordia Hospital was incorporated in 1931 to provide compassionate ministry to both its Mennonite-founded constituency and the broader community. It is well known for its track record of acute care, family medicine, emergency services, hip & knee joint replacement surgery, upper extremity surgery, and long term care.
The Concordia Foundation was founded in 1974 with the mission to raise funds and manage donor gifts that support outstanding clinical care, long-term care, research, wellness, and housing services.
Concordia Wellness Projects Inc. (CWPI) was founded in 2004 with the mission of providing outstanding wellness and housing services. CWPI builds on its achievements of housing 330 assisted living residents in Concordia Village, its development of the $10 million Concordia Hip & Knee Institute, and serving community needs of the NE sector of Winnipeg and beyond. CWPI owns the available land for the new Concordia Health & Fitness Centre and comprises an experienced, proven building team with expertise in architecture, development, and construction.
Why a Health & Fitness Centre?
The new Concordia Health & Fitness Centre is a natural extension to Concordia’s campus of care and its mission — “to encourage and support illness prevention and fitness by inspiring our community to adopt healthier lifestyles.”
As Concordia Foundation president Dr. Thomas Turgeon notes, “This bold, exciting initiative supports a shift in health care towards obesity prevention and illness prevention, and will provide additional support for the adjacent Concordia Hip & Knee Institute, as well as musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management initiatives. By helping people improve their strength, physical fitness, and cardiovascular fitness, we can help in all aspects of their health — reducing instances of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease.”