A different kind of service at 201 Scurfield


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At almost 30 years old, the building at 201 Scurfield Blvd. is one of the oldest in Whyte Ridge. It was built to house the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, and for more than a quarter century it served the religious needs of many members of the community.

On Jan. 18, the building began once again providing community services – but now of a medical nature, rather than religious.

The church has relocated to a new facility on McGillivray Boulevard, so 201 Scurfield is now the home of the Scurfield Medical Centre. I sat down recently with Dr. Paul Cheung, who established the clinic, and is at the core of its planning and development process.

Supplied photo The Scurfield Medical Centre opened last month in the building that was once home to the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church.

Dr. Cheung and I share the common experience of attending high school in England before moving to Canada with parents. His family located to B.C. and he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His medical training included doctorate and post-doctorate research in virology and heart diseases at UBC and the University of Manitoba, and cardiac surgery and family medicine residency at the U of M.

Since then, he has worked as an emergency room physician and family doctor, and trained resident doctors at the U of M’s department of family medicine.

For the past five years, Dr. Cheung was chief of staff at the Percy Moore Hospital in Hodgson, Man. He said that this experience helped to shape his vision for the Scurfield Medical Centre as a “one-stop shop” for community health, eventually offering emergency and urgent care services, general family medicine and as a specialist clinic, including a laboratory and various imaging services.

Dr. Cheung said it was after the birth of his two children a few years ago that he began to think of establishing a medical centre in Winnipeg. He found that Waverley West appeared to be underserved, with approximately 100,000 people living within a five-kilometre radius of the building at 201 Scurfield Blvd.

Dr. Cheung has a business manager and operations manager in place, with five female and two male family physicians committed to join, with some already providing services. The medical centre will eventually have a pharmacy, its laboratory will be ready in a few months, and he expects to have X-ray capability in the next year or two.

Dr. Cheung said he is committing the balance of his career to developing the Scurfield Medical Centre to meet the needs of our community.

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes
Whyte Ridge community correspondent

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

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