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About Us

Our History

Sydney Adventist Hospital is a division of Adventist HealthCare Limited and the flagship of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist health care system in the South Pacific. This worldwide system includes over 170 hospitals and 200 clinics.

Healthcare is a core mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout the world and the establishment of the fledging healthcare initiatives that ultimately resulted in the building of the Hospital were encouraged by Adventist Church leader Ellen White.

Sydney Sanitarium opened in Wahroonga on 1 January, 1903 with a bed capacity of 70 and was known as a ‘home of health’ and as a place where people learned to stay well. The original Hospital building was designed by Dr Merritt Kellogg, brother of Dr John Harvey Kellogg.

Demonstrating faith and providing expertise, compassion and healing, the Sanitarium became widely known as the ‘San’, and today, many years after its 1973 official name change to Sydney Adventist Hospital, it is still fondly referred to as ‘the San’ Hospital.

The Hospital was rebuilt in 1973 and became an acute care institution. Today, with capacity for over 550 overnight beds, it is the largest private and largest not-for-profit hospital in NSW.

In 1986 the Hospital formalised their outreach work in third world countries amongst disadvantaged sick men, women and children by launching the Open Heart International (OHI) program, formerly HealthCare Outreach, with the Operation Open Heart inaugural trip to Tonga. Since then over 115 OHI trips to 13 countries have been made with over 3,500 surgeries performed and lives saved. In 2007 the 21st anniversary of the first trip was celebrated. OHI now coordinates cardiac, reconstructive and womens health surgical programs.

In 2006 the San won the prestigious national Australian Private Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (70 beds and over).  The San also become home to the Southern Hemisphere’s first Dual Source Computerised Tomography Scanner in the same year.

A not-for-profit health care facility, approximately 2,300 staff, 500 volunteers and 900 accredited medical officers provide services for more than 53,000 inpatients and over 180,000 outpatients annually at the San.

The San will continue to grow its services to provide world-class facilities, technology, and treatments in order to encourage best practice and attract expert, caring medical, nursing and allied health staff.

Caring for patients' needs was the motivation for the Sanitarium opening over 110 years ago and remains the first priority of Sydney Adventist Hospital today and this is reflected in the mission statement:


Christianity in Action – caring for the body, mind and spirit of our patients, colleagues, community and ourselves.” 

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