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Dr. Cary Chapnick retires after practicing in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority area for 27 years

Dr. Cary Chapnick will be retiring at the end of the month after a long career in the region. Some of his most significant contributions to the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (RHA) region have been his work mentoring health care professionals and medical students, evaluating international medical graduates, and supporting physicians who are new to the region. He has been practicing in Interlake-Eastern RHA area for 27 years and during that time he has taken call in almost all of the hospitals in the region. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Cary over the past few years and know he will be greatly missed by not only myself, but his friends and colleagues within the RHA,” says Dr. Myron Thiessen, vice president of primary health care and chief medical officer. “However, Cary leaves behind a legacy of commitment to patient safety, continuous improvement and unwavering support of physicians in the region. He has been a true advocate for patients and their families throughout his career.”

Dr. Chapnick started his medical career by establishing a full service family practice in Gimli at the Johnson Memorial Hospital. There he provided emergency department coverage, in-patient hospital care, obstetrics, surgical assistance and clinic services. Later, he began helping patients receive follow-up cancer care services closer to home through the Gimli Hospital Community Cancer Program. When asked why he chose Gimli, Dr. Chapnick, a Manitoban himself, was quick to point out the variety and full scope of rural practice attracted him to the growing community of Gimli.

While running a successful family practice, Dr. Chapnick also held the role of vice president of medical services between 2002 and 2008, after which he closed his family practice to focus on medical services administration. Outside of the region, Cary has been a counsellor with the College of Physicians and Surgeons sitting on the executive board as chair of the legislation and ethics committee. He has also served the public as an accreditor with Accreditation Canada, a national health care standardization and accreditation organization committed to health quality.

His most recent work with the region involved reviewing physicians’ credentials to ensure they were a good fit for the region, managing and responding to patient concerns, supporting new physicians in their practice and participating in critical incident reviews.

Ever the adventurer, Dr. Chapnick plans to spend his retirement enjoying his many hobbies, including boating, hiking and touring the world. Interlake-Eastern RHA thanks him for his dedication to our residents and wishes him health and happiness as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.

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