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Our Story. Pioneering whole person health since 1903.

Affectionately known as The San, Sydney Adventist Hospital has been leading the way in whole-person health for more than 120 years.

Opening our doors

The San opened its doors in 1903 as ‘Sydney Sanitarium’ - a small, 70-bed hospital in Sydney’s leafy Wahroonga offering general medical and surgical services. Our focus was on recuperation and wellness, emphasising a healthy lifestyle. Patients were encouraged to follow a strict regimen of fresh air, exercise, and a nutritious vegetarian diet. By the 1920s, we were also known for our maternity services.


Achieving many milestones

In the 1970s, we led the way with ground-breaking heart services. In the 1990s we became the first private 24/7 emergency care department on Sydney’s North Shore, and we have also been a highly-regarded teaching hospital for many years.

Where we are today

The San is now NSW’s largest private hospital, offering comprehensive acute surgical, medical and obstetric care, as well as supportive diagnostic and Allied Health services. At the heart of everything we do is an unwavering commitment to providing remarkable care, and a team of experts working together to deliver nothing but the best.

Caring for every dimension of you

At the San, whole-person health is our way of expressing ‘wholistic’ or ‘complete’ health, encompassing mind, body and spirit. For us, healthcare is not just about treating symptoms, it’s also about empowering people to live well. And through our clinical, wellbeing and educational services, this is exactly what we strive to do.

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The face of the San has naturally changed over time, but our caring, progressive spirit has remained constant.

Purpose driven & proudly not-for-profit

The San is operated by Adventist HealthCare Limited, a Christian healthcare provider owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Inspired by the spirit of Christianity, we are open, inclusive and non-judgmental of all people, regardless of their culture, background or beliefs. And as a not-for-profit organisation, all our proceeds are reinvested back into our services and facilities, enabling us to better serve our community.