Parker: Health care specialist Copeman moving to Mount Royal West

Parker: Health care specialist Copeman moving to Mount Royal West
Chris Nedelmann, chief executive of Copeman Healthcare Centre, says he plans to expand his complete health-care service across the country. Submitted

The new development of Mount Royal West by First Capital Asset Management is an attractive addition to the area of 8th Street and 17th Avenue S.W., and the opening of the second-floor Canadian Tire is already increasing pedestrian traffic.

This spring, upscale Vancouver-based grocery retailer Urban Fare will welcome customers to its new, spacious store at street level.

The third floor of the building is being leased to companies in the medical/health sector, and a large portion of the space will become a Copeman Healthcare Centre late this summer.

A specialist in preventive health care, Copeman opened its Calgary centre in 2008 at 12th Avenue and 6th Street S.W. But CEO Chris Nedelmann says with 50 employees working in his Calgary space, he had been looking for some time for the ideal location to expand his operations.

With the help of the Justin and Peter Mayerchak team at Colliers International he believes he has found the right one in acquiring 20,000 square feet on one level at Mount Royal West.

Nedelmann is excited about the opportunity to expand his services for clients with bigger labs and testing facilities, and to be able to offer them ample parking.

He has a good understanding of what is best required to keep people healthy, having been involved in the health-care industry for more than 25 years.

Born in Texas into a medical family, he was expected to follow in their footsteps and enrolled in pre-med courses. But he developed an interest in business and felt the need to be involved in a variety of different types of companies, and began working for a large freight forwarding firm that meant some exciting overseas travel, including living for a time in Tokyo. But he later became involved in the business of health care and helped a U.S.-based company develop clinics internationally, which meant living for a time in Prague and Moscow.

Now married to a Canadian, he and his wife moved to Toronto in 2000 and worked for seven years in the health technology sector before moving to Calgary where he joined Copeman in 2008.

After Copeman opened its second location in Vancouver, Nedelmann opened its centre here later that year and in 2009 was named COO for Western Canada. In 2011 he was appointed to his current role as CEO.

Copeman offers screenings and disease prevention programs, combined with the general care of physicians and other medical professionals to provide individuals, families and corporations with a complete health-care service.

The Lifeplus Ongoing Care Program is its primary proactive year-round program blending the care of family physicians with the specialized expertise of medical professionals to drive optimal health and quality of life through prevention, early direction and timely health management. The Calgary centre employs a staff to provide team-based assessment, using physicians, nurses, dietitians, kinesiologists and professionals in other disciplines working to help clients achieve their health goals.

According to Nedelmann, the average age of his clients is 52 years, but Copeman also provides a young adults prevention program designed to put youth on a path to lasting wellness.

With the move into its new space there is no need for another location in Calgary at this time, but Copeman, which is now a division of the Montreal-based Medisys Group, has centres in Calgary, Edmonton and two in Vancouver. Nedelmann says he plans to expand his complete health-care service across the country.

News and notes

Calgary architect and engineer Kate MacGregor is planning the second of her lecture series on Feb. 14 in the National Music Centre’s Studio Bell. Guest lecturer is Bryan Young, founding principal of Young Projects in New York, a firm MacGregor worked for before returning to Calgary to launch her own XYC Design + Development. Young’s talk will focus on esthetic material innovation and reinvigorating traditional methods of fabrication. MacGregor is building the impressive M2 mixed use Riverwalk building adjacent to the Simmons Building in East Village, and the third of her lecture series, scheduled for March, will feature the New York firm nARCHITECTS that developed the design concept for the building.
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