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Welcome to Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) is a voluntary, provincial association dedicated to the healing Ministry of the Catholic Church.

Through its Ministries of education health care ethics, spiritual care, social justice and Catholic ownership, CHAM fulfills its mission.

The reason we have been able to thrive for 75 years is because of the ongoing support we receive from our dedicated members.  Our members span the continuum of social services, long term and continuing care, acute care, and seniors’ services across Manitoba.

Each year, we strive to foster relationships between our members through regular correspondence along with events such as our Annual General Meeting, special events and conferences.

Through the ministries of education, healthcare ethics, spiritual care, Catholic ownership and social justice, CHAM fulfills its mission of compassionate concern and respect for all persons.

Recent News

June 13, 2018

Clinic will be Open Extended Hours, 

Offer Alternative to Non-life-threatening Care:  Goertzen

A walk-in connected care clinic opening at Concordia Hospital next summer will provide access to care for area residents in need of same-day health-care services, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“This project builds on Concordia Hospital’s strength in family medicine and enhances the hospital’s role as a health resource to the surrounding community,” said Goertzen.  “The changes will provide improved access to primary care providers in East Kildonan, North Kildonan and Transcona while extending the hours of walk-in care for the community.”
As many as half the people who come to Concordia’s emergency department on a daily basis could be appropriately cared for by physicians within a walk-in connected care clinic, said Goertzen.

As part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s ongoing health-care transformation and commitment to improving access to primary care, the clinic will operate with extended hours daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  It will offer an alternative to urgent or emergency care for health concerns that are not life-threatening but which need to be addressed the same day.

In addition to the primary care services offered by a local MyHealth Team partner, the Concordia clinic will also have laboratory and diagnostic services on-site.

“Primary care is the foundation of health-care services and integral to health promotion and prevention,” said Lori Lamont, acting chief operating officer and vice-president of nursing and health professions for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  “This clinic will not only benefit residents in the area surrounding Concordia, but present an alternative to urgent or emergency care for health concerns that need to be addressed the same day but are not life-threatening.”

Concordia’s emergency department is slated to close mid-2019, freeing space that will be repurposed for the clinic, which is expected to open its doors shortly thereafter, the minister said.

“We are excited to define Concordia Hospital’s new role in Winnipeg’s evolving health-care landscape,” said Valerie Wiebe, chief executive officer of Concordia Hospital.  “This clinic further reinforces our strong relationships with local MyHealth Teams, with community partners and as an important health resource for residents of northeast Winnipeg.”
Similar to the services offered at the region’s first walk-in connected care clinic, located adjacent to Grace Hospital’s new emergency department, the Concordia clinic will be staffed by physicians, registered nurses and other professionals who work with family physicians to diagnose and treat minor health issues to help patients avoid unnecessary trips to emergency rooms or urgent care.

“Access to same-day primary health services, like the walk-in connected care clinic, is an important element of community health services,” said Dr. Ainslie Mihalchuk, chief medical officer of Concordia Hospital, and president of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians.  “Walk-in connected care works in partnership with other clinics to create a seamless patient experience, relaying information back to patients’ primary health-care providers and, most importantly, connecting patients to a primary care provider if they do not have one.”

For more information on the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s health system transformation, visit

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CHAC launches national campaign
May 23, 2018

Awaken: revealing the courageous gift of Catholic health care is an initiative that has evolved from Proclaim, one of the three strategic directions in Catholic Health Alliance of Canada’s strategic plan. The Awaken initiative is meant to change the way we talk about Catholic health care and the way communities, decision-makers and influencers perceive it. It is meant to be bold, forward-looking and confident. At its core, awaken is a movement to 1) accurately and authentically reflect people’s experiences of Catholic health care and 2) create ambassadors for Catholic health care—people who can speak up and articulate our role and impact in local communities and nationally.

The words Awaken: revealing the courageous gift of Catholic health care are meaningful and unique in how they’ve been placed together:

Awaken is a call to action, asking people to rise up, see clearly, come out of their slumber, shift their perspective and be part of a transformative movement; appropriately, the concept of awakening has roots in Catholic scripture

Revealing implies deliberate, vulnerable and confident exposure; it conjures the idea of layers being opened or peeled back to show what is inside

Courageous embraces our legacy and the spirit we carry forward from the many brave, faithful and audacious founding congregations who started health care in Canada; courage is a defining feature of Catholic health care—we provide care to everyone, including those who are most on the fringes of society, we make values-based decisions and we are responsive to what our communities need

Gift speaks to something that is given with love, unconditionally; it is a beautiful, warm and big-hearted offering; we give gifts when we feel emotionally connected and to honour a meaningful relationship; in Catholic health care, the gift we offer and the gift we receive is the ability to see and appreciate each other’s humanity

Placed together, the words Awaken: revealing the courageous gift of Catholic health care express the heart and spirit of Catholic health care. It speaks to the intention behind Catholic health care and invites people to be part of something strong, something real and something true.



Martine Bouchard hired as new CEO for St. Boniface Hospital
May 2, 2018
Pontiff decries inequitable distribution of health care within rich nations and across the
December 12, 2017

In a recent message on end-of-life care, Pope Francis said that it is permissible and moral for a patient to decide, in dialogue with medical professionals, that a proposed or ongoing course of treatment that might extend their life is nevertheless overzealous and disproportionate. The patient is not required by their Catholic faith to use every tool and treatment available, he said.

CHAM creates Bulletin for the faithful
December 12, 2017

In an effort to effectively communicate the activities of the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba, CHAM Bulletin has been created.  To view the first edition, click HERE.

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