Our history

In the beginning...

Paul Ramsay AO (1936-2014) was a leading Australian businessman and philanthropist. He started Ramsay Health Care when he was 28 years old by converting a guest house in Sydney, Australia into a 16-bed private psychiatric hospital.

In 1978, he expanded into mainstream hospitals and since then Ramsay 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. He is remembered by friends, family, colleagues and employees as a true gentleman and a proud but humble Australian.

The Paul Ramsay Foundation, established in 2006, is now Australia’s biggest charity by assets and among the top 50 philanthropic foundations in the world. The foundation’s grants are funded from the dividends of its Ramsay Health Care shareholding.

Paul Ramsay's legacy

Ramsay's history and the strength of our culture are a source of pride and inspiration for our people.
Our long-standing values are underpinned by Paul Ramsay’s enduring belief that ‘if you look after the people, success will follow’.

Paul Ramsay opened our
first psychiatric hospital
in Sydney, Australia
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.