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. In the same year Evolution seeks to invest further in rehabilitation services and commences the acquisition of Bupa Rehabilitation services. Acurity Health Group is rebranded to Evolution Healthcare along with all four surgical hospitals across the trans-Tasman.
The first quarter of the year sees the seven locations of Bupa Rehabilitation join the Group as Evolve Rehabilitation. We also see the full purchase of Birthcare which is now wholly owned by Evolution Healthcare. Further investments into mental health is seen with the development of Re-centre at Waratah Private Hospital, with an inpatient ward and outpatient day programmes developed.
We have five 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, 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.
Our wellbeing services include our mental health clinic Re-centre in Parnell; Proactive – our physiotherapy, injury rehabilitation and wellbeing services located across New Zealand; and Evolve Rehab – our residential support and rehabilitation programmes located across the North Island.