Concordia Hospital

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Concordia Hospital
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Entrance to Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba.jpg
Entrance to Concordia Hospital
Location 1095 Concordia Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Care system Public Medicare (Canada)
Hospital type Non-teaching
Affiliated university None
Emergency department Yes
Beds 185
Founded 1928
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Concordia Hospital is a regional hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba that was founded in 1928,[1] and has a primary service area with a population exceeding 150,000.[2]

Between April 2011 and March 2012, Concordia hospital provided 1,507 hip and knee surgeries, nearly 50% more than any other Winnipeg facility.[3]

The hospital's name originates from a poem entitled "Song of the Church Bell" by German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller. The inspirational line reads, "Concordia shall be her name; to harmony, to hearty fellowship, it summons the cherished community."[4]


The "Concordia Society" was founded in 1928 as a maternity hospital in a private home on Machray Avenue in West Kildonan.[4] The original facilities included five beds and the hospital had a staff of three people.[4] The first year saw 28 mothers admitted to the hospital, and by the second year the admissions had increased to 100.[4]

In 1930, the hospital was renamed "Mennonite Concordia Hospital" and was operated by a Board of Directors.[4]

On 26 March 1931, the hospital was granted official incorporation by the Government of Manitoba.[5] On 13 July 1931, a new site was dedicated for the hospital.[4] During the first eleven months of operation at the new location, the hospital admitted 297 patients.[4] Of these, 113 were maternity patients, 114 were surgical patients, 67 were medical and 3 were admitted for bone fractures.[4]

In 1933, the hospital purchased the Elmwood Sanitorium.[4] The hospital expanded in 1953 and 1958.[4]

In 1964, the hospital purchased the land which became the current location of the hospital.[4] In 1974 the location opened with 124 beds.[4] In 1985 the Emergency Department of the location was expanded.[4]

In 2005, the Manitoba government made the hospital a centre of excellence in hip and knee replacements.

The hospital's Emergency Room underwent a $3.6-million renovation in 2008,[6] increasing the size by nearly 2,000 square feet (190 m2).[4] The renovation included increased space for the triage area, minor treatment rooms and admitting desk, as well as the addition of counseling rooms and improvement of the medication rooms.[4] The upgrades included the addition of an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) which tracks information on patients that visit the ER.[4]

Concordia Place[edit]

Concordia Place, 1000 Molson Street, Winnipeg Manitoba

In 1998, Concordia Hospital built Concordia Place, a personal care home adjacent to the hospital.[7] Concordia Place opened on 10 May 2000, with 140 beds.[7] Staff at Concordia Place include Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides, Recreation staff, a Clinical Dietitian, and Occupational Therapist and a Chaplain, among others.[4] Concordia Place features group activities and recreational programs and a dedicated chapel.[4]

Concordia Village[edit]

Entrance to Concordia Village I

Concordia Village is an assisted living facility located across from the hospital. The facility includes three buildings: Concordia Village I, Concordia Village II and Concordia Village III.[8] Each facility features both one and two-bedroom apartment units with kitchens, storage and private balconies.[8] Buildings I and II each have two guest suites for visiting families and other overnight guests.[8] Concordia Village is owned and operated by Concordia Wellness Projects Inc., a non-profit registered charitable organization.[9] Construction costs for the three villages were $12.0 million for Phase I, $16.8 million for Phase II, and $13 million for Phase III.[10]

Village I has 94 units and was established in 2006 at 1125 Molson Street.[11][8] Village II has 103 units and was established in 2008 at 1115 Molson Street.[11][8] Village III has 90 units and was established in 2010 at 1115 Molson Street.[11][8]

Concordia Village's services include:[12]

  • Dinner meal and continental breakfast
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily garbage collection
  • Personal security device
  • Planned social/recreational activities and excursions
  • Visiting home care workers
  • Hair salons
  • Monthly banking with Steinbach Credit Union (SCU)
  • ATM machines

Concordia Hip and Knee Institute[edit]

In 2009 at Concordia Hospital opened a 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) building to house the Hip and Knee Institute.[4][13] The building includes a Shoppers Drug Mart.[4] The third level is completely dedicated to the Hip and Knee Institute.[4] The institute is home to a hip and knee assessment clinic, a digital imaging clinic, a research facility, a research laboratory, a training and education facility and a pre-habilitation clinic.[13] The institute has a knee surgical simulator suite, a scanning electron microscope, a digital X-ray lab and an implants retrieval lab.[13] The implants retrieval lab provides storage for worn-out replacement hip and knee joints for studying patterns of failure.[13] The institute features a conference centre connected to an operating room where surgical procedures can be viewed on a television screen.[13]

Hand Washing Audit[edit]

A hand-hygiene audit completed in February 2012 found that front-line staff in hospitals do not sufficiently wash their hands.[14] Reports reviewed two wards, N2W and N2E, and found compliance rates of only 58% and 48%.[14]

Superbug Outbreaks[edit]

Concordia Hospital has been involved in outbreaks of highly contagious viruses and antibiotic-resistant superbugs.[15] Based on data released covering 2006 through 2008: in 2007, the hospital saw 42 people infected with MRSA and 30 people infected with Norovirus, and in 2006 the hospital saw 82 Norovirus infections.[15]


  1. ^ "Our History". Concordia Foundation. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Concordia Hospital Pharmacy Department Pharmacy Student Placement Description" (PDF). Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. June 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Summary of All Hip & Knee Surgeries". Government of Manitoba. August 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Connect... the Concordia Way" (PDF). Concordia Hospital. February 2009. p. 24. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Concordia Hospital Incorporation Act". Government of Manitoba. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Premier Officially Opens New Concordia Hospital Emergency Department". Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "History of Concordia Place". Concordia Hospital. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Projects/Facilities". Concordia Wellness Projects. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dedicated to the wellness of seniors…". Concordia Wellness Projects Inc. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Concordia Village Phase 1, 2 and 3" (PDF). Kastes. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "Completed Projects - Residential". Concord Projects Ltd. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Welcome to Concordia Village" (PDF). Concordia Village. January 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Concordia Hip & Knee Institute receives $10 million". Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Welch, Mary Agnes (23 June 2012). "Many health-care workers don't wash their hands as often as they should". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Skerritt, Jen (13 April 2009). "Hospital outbreaks kept quiet". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 49°54′48″N 97°03′53″W / 49.9132°N 97.0646°W / 49.9132; -97.0646