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Fifth Operating Room Opens at Concordia Hospital To Improve Joint Replacement Capacity

A fifth state-of-the-art operating room has opened at Winnipeg’s Concordia Hospital. The new operating room is expected to increase capacity by up to 1,000 inpatient and same-day hip and knee replacement procedures annually.

In addition to renovating the operating room, the expansion includes:

  • An additional orthopedic surgeon.
  • An investment in anesthesia staff.
  • Four new inpatient beds.
  • Additional nursing and allied health staff. 

According to Health Minister Audrey Gordon, the operating room is part of the Manitoba government’s ongoing commitment to expand care options for Manitobans who need hip and knee surgeries.

“We are healing health care and improving the quality of life for Manitobans this year and for years to come,” Gordon said. “Our government invested more than $5.9 million to increase capacity and further reduce backlogs and waitlists by ensuring more timely access at Manitoba’s leading site for joint replacement surgery.”

Over 200 donors, with a contribution of $350,000, went todd the capital costs of the project led by fundraising efforts of the Concordia Foundation. 

“By collaborating in this initiative, the Concordia Foundation demonstrated our mission and vision to further enable Concordia Hospital to be a leader in exemplary care, innovation and academic excellence,” said Roger Gripp, president and board chair of the Concordia Foundation. “The foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force and the Manitoba government on this urgently needed increase to joint replacement surgery capacity at Concordia Hospital.”

Established in December 2021, the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force (DSRTF) of highly-respected local healthcare professionals was created to identify and implement short- and long-term solutions to reduce surgical and diagnostic waitlists, shorten patient wait times, and build capacity for long-term health-care system resilience. $240 million has been committed to support initiatives implemented through the task force. In 2022-23, 6,000 hip and knee procedures were completed across Manitoba, 600 of which were funded through the task force.

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