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Our Journey

The journey so far

  • 2011

    Evolution Healthcare was established in September 2011 by Ben Thynne and Andrew Savage.

  • 2012

    Evolution began its trans-Tasman journey after it acquired Shellharbour Private Hospital, Sydney Australia and Boulcott Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand the following year.

  • 2013

    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.

  • 2015

    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.

  • 2017

    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.

  • 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.

  • 2019

    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.

  • 2020

    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.

  • 2021

    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.

  • 2022

    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.

And so our journey continues…

With a team of over 1300 outstanding people providing superior private healthcare services across New Zealand and Australia, Evolution Healthcare are leaders in the private healthcare space with a dedicated team who set out to provide the best experience for all people in their care.

At Evolution we provide continuous excellence in the health and wellbeing of people through a range of specialties including comprehensive hospitals, specialist day hospitals, mental health, maternity, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, oncology, and workplace health.