Ontario group tours Winnipeg facility

A family of philanthropists who plans to donate millions of dollars to a London, Ont., sports medicine facility swooped into Winnipeg on a private jet Friday to tour the Pan Am Clinic, a place it considers the best of its kind in the country.

The family brought with it a team of doctors from London’s Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, the clinic to which they plan to donate.

Dr. Robert Litchfield, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director for Fowler Kennedy, said he has followed Pan Am’s progress “with envy” through the years. He hopes to emulate Pan Am at his London clinic.

“I think you’ve done a fantastic job of creating a critical mass of talented people all in the same building,” said Litchfield during his Pan Am tour. The public facility is a primary-care sports clinic that also offers MRI imaging, day surgery, physiotherapy and a minor injuries clinic, as well as academic research.

“As far as I know, this is the only place in Canada that has all those services in one location.”

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