About Ramsay

Paul Ramsay AO (1936-2014)

Paul Ramsay (1936-2014) was a leading Australian businessman and philanthropist.

In 1964, Paul opened Ramsay Health Care's first hospital - a guest house in Sydney, Australia which he had converted into a 16-bed private psychiatric hospital.

In 1978, Paul expanded the business into mainstream surgical hospitals and, in the decades since, Ramsay Health Care has grown and evolved into one of the largest and most diverse healthcare companies in the world.

On 23 September 1997, Ramsay Health Care Limited successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange [ASX:RHC]. 

Paul Ramsay remained chairman of the company until his death in 2014, when he bequeathed $3 billion to establish the Paul Ramsay Foundation, one of Australia’s largest charitable organisations.

The foundation’s grants are funded from the dividends of its Ramsay Health Care shareholding. To date it has granted around $1 billion to more than 200 partners and invested $140 million in a portfolio of impact investments.

Paul is remembered by friends, family, colleagues and employees as a true gentleman and a proud but humble Australian.

Read more about Paul's legacy and the foundation.

Paul Ramsay converted a guesthouse in Sydney,
Australia into a 16-bed
psychiatric hospital.
This service was later
moved to a purpose-built
facility and Warrina House
is now a private home.
1978 - 2006
Ramsay diversified into medical and surgical facilities and expanded its psychiatric sites. Building and acquiring new sites across the country made Ramsay the largest private hospital operator in Australia. In 1997, Ramsay became a public company on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Ramsay acquired a private hospital business in the UK.
Established the Ramsay Santé joint venture in France.
Established the Ramsay Sime Darby joint venture in Asia.
Ramsay Santé acquired Générale de Santé, putting Ramsay in the top five private hospital operators in the world.
Ramsay Santé acquired the Scandinavian healthcare operator Capio AB.
Ramsay acquired Elysium Healthcare in the UK.
Ramsay Santé acquired GHP Specialty Care in Sweden.
Completed sale of 50:50 joint venture in Asia, Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care.

In 2024, Ramsay is celebrating 60 years of caring and a bright future as we grow and transform to best serve our patients.

Ramsay Health Care is known for its excellent hospitals and clinics, providing a wide range of integrated health services and outstanding patient care.

Millions of patients trust us every year and we proudly employ more than 88,000 people across Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

We have a long-standing commitment to quality, safety and sustainability. Our global network allows us to share innovation and best practice.

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Eo_circle_light-blue_checkmark.svg At-home, in-community and telehealth services.

“I always said you’ve got to look after the patient and be the best at that and, if you look after the patient, then everything else will follow.”

Paul Ramsay AO

Founder and Chairman