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Stepping Farther: Transforming Surgical Care for Joint Replacement

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The Manitoba government continues to implement initiatives that will improve timely access to health care through the work of the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force, including a plan to increase orthopedic surgeries at Concordia Hospital to support Manitobans who need hip and knee surgeries, Health Minister Audrey Gordon announced on March 30, 2022 at Concordia Hip and Knee Institute.  


  • Reduce wait times for surgeries
  • Optimizing patient outcomes
  • Enhance surgical spaces at Concordia
  • Improve quality of life for people living with debilitating pain

Task Force Leading Critical Work

“The task force is leading critical work, in partnership with Manitoba’s health care leaders, to find solutions that will help to address the delays in surgeries and procedures caused by the demands of the pandemic,” said Gordon. “There are thousands of Manitobans whose quality of life is profoundly affected by this work, which is why it is critical we continue to make progress and find solutions.”

Concordia Hospital is Manitoba’s leading site for joint replacement surgeries, including hip and knee. The surgeries of more than 1,000 patients have been affected as staff and other resources were focused on the pandemic response. The province will support the expansion of the orthopedic surgery program, which will include recruiting an orthopedic surgeon, refurbishing an operating room, adding four inpatient beds and investing in anesthesia staff. These improvements are expected to be in place by the end of the year and will increase capacity by up to 1,000 surgeries per year. 

“We are incredibly fortunate to be able to identify and build solutions in partnership with Manitoba’s health care leaders, patient representatives and many other partners who are focused on helping connect people with life-improving procedures sooner,” said Dr. Peter MacDonald, chair of the task force’s steering committee. “As an orthopedic surgeon, I know the profound benefits that hip and knee surgeries can have on a person’s quality of life and overall health, so that is a particularly meaningful initiative to see moving forward.”

The Concordia Foundation will be leading fundraising efforts to support the hospital renovations and improvements required to increase joint replacement surgery capacity.

This announcement today brings hope to so many people, by significantly increasing joint replacement surgery capacity at Concordia Hospital and serving as a legacy project that will benefit patients for years to come.

Our Foundation donors and the Concordia orthopedic surgical team have consistently risen to the occasion to make tangible improvements in the lives of people waiting for surgical relief from debilitating pain. This is a significant investment in our community that demonstrates our purpose and values, of putting patients first.

Anupam Kothari, Treasurer of the Concordia Foundation represented the board at this announcement.  (pictured)

“We are pleased to support this effort and the work of the task force,” he stated.  As Chair of the Concordia Foundation Research Committee, I have worked closely with the surgeons and staff and know firsthand how dedicated they are in their pursuit of excellent patient care.  They care about their patients and this will be a relief to them to have this solution opening up for them. “

The Foundation has a number of fundraising initiatives underway to honor this commitment to our patients and the community. 

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