Evolution Healthcare was established in September 2011 by Ben Thynne and Andrew Savage.
Evolution began its trans-Tasman journey after it acquired Shellharbour Private Hospital, Sydney Australia and Boulcott Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand the following year.
In 2013 Evolution Healthcare opened South Coast Private Hospital in Australia as a dedicated mental health inpatient facility and later that year, we acquired Canberra and Waratah Hospitals in Australia.
Our investment in New Zealand grew with the addition of Acurity Health Group in December 2015, which owned and operated Wakefield and Bowen Hospitals in Wellington and Royston Hospital in Hawke’s Bay. Boulcott Hospital was sold to allow the purchase to be completed.
Proactive Health, one of New Zealand’s largest teams of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Specialists, Psychologists, Exercise Physiologists, Nurses and Vocational Consultants was added to the group in 2017.
We established a joint venture with Icon Group in 2017 to open a dedicated Cancer Centre at Bowen Hospital. All but Waratah Private Hospital in Sydney were sold in Australia in that same year.
Over 2019 we completed many developments. Bowen Icon Cancer Centre opened its radiation therapy treatment bunker at Bowen Hospital. Wakefield Hospital broke ground in June to start stage one of a full rebuild – what will be a $135m investment into the Wellington region. In Auckland, Evolution with New Zealand Behavioural Health Limited opened their first mental health clinic – Re-centre.
Evolution welcomed Sue Channon as their Chief Executive Officer, to drive the strategic direction of the Group. We committed to a joint venture with eight of Hawke’s Bay leading orthopaedic surgeons to develop Royston Day Surgery, to support the growing demand for day orthopaedic procedures in the region. Acurity Health Group is rebranded to Evolution Healthcare along with all four surgical hospitals.
Throughout 2021 Evolution welcomed many new businesses within the Group, through wholly owned acquisitions and joint venture partnerships. This included wholly-owned purchases of seven locations of Bupa Rehabilitation joining the Group as Evolve Rehabilitation, Birthcare Maternity Hospitals, and Quay Park Specialist Day Hospital. Partnerships included Shore Surgery Specialist Day Hospital, seeing the Groups footprint continue to expand in Auckland. Developments included a new premium mental health service at Waratah Private Hospital, and the completion of Stage One for Wakefield Hospital full redevelopment.
The first half of 2022 has seen our Group expand its services through seven new operating theatres commissioned, Royston Day Surgery opening, and the partnership of Anglesea Hospital, based in Hamilton, Waikato. Evolution Group also sees a change of owners with QIC and ART joining the Group in 2022.
We have six hospitals across New Zealand and Australia which include Wakefield and Bowen in Wellington, Royston in the Hawke’s Bay and Waratah Private in Sydney.
We are in a joint partnership in Grace Hospital, Tauranga, Anglesea Hospital, Hamilton, as well as at Bowen Icon Cancer Centre, which provides private oncology and radiation treatment.
Birthcare provides primary maternity services in Parnell and Huntly, and specialist day hospital services are offered at Endoscopy Auckland, Shore Surgery, Quay Park, and Royston Day Surgery.
Our wellbeing services include our mental health clinic Re-centre in Parnell, and mental health in and outpatient at Waratah Private Hospital; Proactive and WOHC – our physiotherapy, injury rehabilitation and workplace services located across New Zealand, and Waratah in Sydney; and Evolve Rehab – our residential support and rehabilitation programmes located across the North Island.