History of Copeman Healthcare
In early 2001, Don Copeman was faced with a situation that would break any parent’s heart. In that year, the future founder of Copeman Healthcare Centre learned that his first-born son Max, then a year-and-a-half old, was suffering from the onset of autism, but the young boy’s diagnosis had been missed on the front lines of the health-care system. The unfortunate oversights involved caused a huge delay in treatment for Mr. Copeman’s son at a tender age.
“Needless to say that my wife and I wondered often what might have happened had Max had more timely access to the proper expertise in the primary healthcare system,” says Copeman. “We still do.”
Around the same time, Mr. Copeman’s father began struggling with a rare cancer and faced many challenges in his diagnosis and treatment. While this was going on, his younger brother became seriously ill as a result of a mismanaged wound infection.
2005 – Copeman Healthcare’s First Centre Opens in Vancouver
These personal experiences led quickly to the creation of the first Copeman Healthcare centre in Vancouver. “I had spent my entire career in healthcare at that point in my life,” says Mr. Copeman.
“With my experience in both public and private healthcare delivery and with a successful parallel career in medical computer technology behind me, my wife and I knew that we were in a unique position to make some changes and point the world in a different direction for primary healthcare.”
Don Copeman set out to redefine wellness. The result was Canada’s first team-based, multi-disciplinary centre for primary healthcare, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease while using the same medical experts to develop advanced programs of prevention.
2008 – Copeman Healthcare opens second location in Calgary
Following the success of the company’s Vancouver location, a second location in downtown Calgary opened in 2008. Integral to the successful launch of this Centre was current CEO, Chris Nedelmann, who joined the company as COO this same year.
2012 – Copeman Healthcare launches two new Centres
As demand continued to grow in both British Columbia and Alberta, Copeman Healthcare grew with it. Early in the year, the West Vancouver clinic was opened to provide care closer to home for residents of West Vancouver, North Vancouver and neighbouring communities. In May, Copeman Healthcare’s fourth Centre opened its doors in the Glenora area of Edmonton.
2013 – The Copeman Kids Program is launched
Determining the need for more specialized care for younger clients, Copeman Healthcare launched Copeman Kids, a proactive children’s health program designed to help optimize physical, developmental, behavioural and educational well-being.
2013 – Carebook™ – A proactive health management system
Another brain-child of Copeman Founder, Don Copeman, Carebook™ is an online health management system that is able to correlate a user’s health history with evidence-based disease risk assessment tools to highlight individual risks. Provided to all Copeman Healthcare Clients, Carebook allows clients to access their health information, lab results and upcoming appointments from anywhere.
2014 – Copeman Healthcare joins Medisys Health Group
In 2014, Copeman Healthcare joined Medisys Health Group, one of Canada’s largest networks of clinics. Medisys Health Group’s network includes over 500 healthcare professionals, delivering a range of industry leading clinical services and solutions including corporate health, occupational health and other specialized medical services.
2015 – Copeman Healthcare named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies
After being awarded regional winner in 2013 and 2014, Copeman Healthcare joined the prestigious ranks of Deloitte Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2015.
2016 – The Young Adults Prevention Program is launched
Continued innovation and a focus on personalization led to the development and launch of the Young Adults Prevention Program. Designed to deliver young adults healthcare tailored to their unique needs, this program provides those aged 18 to 25 with an annual multidisciplinary health assessment along with timely, unhurried year-round care.