The Dr. C. W. Wiebe Medical Centre is currently home to 27 Family Physicians, 2 General Surgeon, 2 Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1 Mental Health Professional, 1 Clinical Psychologist, 1 Fitness Consultant, 1 Diabetes Educator and 1 Full-time Dietician. The Dr. C. W. Wiebe Medical Centre was opened in 2001 and was created with the assistance of the Winkler and District Healthcare Board (a non-profit community organization). The Dr. C. W. Wiebe Medical Centre believes in the use of leading edge medical practices with the assistance from a professional, well trained support staff and the use of technology to deliver optimal care to its patients.
To provide quality health care in a friendly, caring and professional manner.
History of the Name
The name of Dr. Cornelius W. Wiebe is familiar to five generations of Mennonites in the West Reserve of Manitoba. He is the man who set significant benchmarks for his ethnic community. Dr. Wiebe was the first Mennonite from Manitoba to qualify as a medical doctor and the first Mennonite to sit in the Legislative Assembly. He was also instrumental in the development of Winkler’s Bethel Hospital and the Valley Rehabilitation Centre for retarded children.
Dr. Wiebe began his career as a teacher in a Mennonite village and even though he was soon aware that teaching was not his true vocation he recognized that progressive education would equip Mennonites to live better lives in their adopted country. He helped to establish good schools in rural Manitoba and he encouraged parents and students to think beyond the restricted curriculum that had defined education in Russian Mennonite classrooms. In his day Mennonites did not commonly undertake post-secondary education. His support, both emotional and financial, launched many young men into careers in medicine, teaching, and other vocations.
Always an innovator, Dr. Wiebe established new standards of public health and hygiene in his community as well as new standards of achievement. He devoted his life to serving his people. His commitment was absolute. For 53 years he was Winkler’s beloved physician.
Cornelius W. Wiebe - A Beloved Physician
By Mavis Reimer