Sydney Adventist Hospital

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Sydney Adventist Hospital
Seventh-day Adventist
SAN logo.png
LocationWahroonga, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°44′01″S 151°05′59″E / 33.7335°S 151.0997°E / -33.7335; 151.0997Coordinates: 33°44′01″S 151°05′59″E / 33.7335°S 151.0997°E / -33.7335; 151.0997
Care systemPrivate
Hospital typeChristian, Not-for-profit
Affiliated universityAvondale College
Sydney Medical School[1][2]
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in Australia

Sydney Adventist Hospital, commonly known as the San, is a large private hospital in Sydney, Australia, located on Fox Valley Road in Wahroonga. Established on 1 January 1903, as a not-for-profit organisation, it was originally named the Sydney Sanitarium from which its colloquial name was derived. The hospital is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, whose South Pacific Division headquarters are located in the immediate vicinity of the San. The hospital offers a broad range of acute medical, surgical, diagnostic, outpatient, support and wellness services, including Executive Health Checks at the Fox Valley Medical & Dental Centre.

As a not-for-profit health care facility, 2,200 staff and 700 accredited medical officers provide services for more than 50,000 inpatients and over 160,000 outpatients annually at the San.[3]

The hospital is the base for the nursing course offered by Avondale College.


Sydney Sanitarium opened in Wahroonga on 1 January 1903 with a bed capacity of 70 and was known as a ‘home of health’ and as a place where people learned to stay well. The original Hospital building was designed by Dr Merritt Kellogg, brother of Dr John Harvey Kellogg.[3] The Sanitarium became widely known as the ‘San’, and today, many years after its 1973 official name change to Sydney Adventist Hospital, it is still colloquially referred to as ‘the San’ Hospital.[3]

The Hospital was rebuilt in 1973 and became an acute care institution. Today, with 494 licensed overnight beds, it is the largest single campus private hospital in NSW and was the first private hospital in NSW to be accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

In 1986 the Hospital formalised their outreach work in third world countries amongst disadvantaged sick men, women and children by launching the HealthCare Outreach (HCO) Program with the Operation Open Heart inaugural trip to Tonga. Since then almost 100 HCO trips to 13 countries have been made with over 2,850 surgeries performed.[3] In 2007 the 21st anniversary of the first trip was celebrated. Surgeries have now been expanded to cover cleft palate defect repair, orthopaedic surgery, burns scar contracture repair, and uterine prolapse.[3]

In 2005 the Hospital in the Home program commenced at the San.[3] In 2006 the San won the prestigious national Australian Private Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (70 beds and over). The San also become home to the Southern Hemisphere’s first Dual Source Computerised Tomography Scanner in the same year.[3]

Services and facilities[edit]

Sydney Adventist Hospital offers acute surgical, medical and obstetric care. Services include:

  • Cardiac, including cardiac catheterisation and complex cardiac surgery, diagnostic services and rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedics, including joint reconstruction and replacement surgery
  • Maternity, including Special Care Nursery facilities
  • Cancer, including surgery and treatment for numerous types of cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, palliative care, and cancer support services
  • Urology, including a full range of medical and surgical treatments for men, women and children
  • Other Surgical Specialties, including Neurosurgery, General, Vascular, Colorectal, Gastrointestinal, Ophthalmic, Oral & Dental, Plastic & Cosmetic, and Paediatric surgery
  • Other Medical Specialties, including Neurology, General, Respiratory, Sleep, Paediatric (including the Children's Sleep Disorders Unit), Endocrinology, and Gastrointestinal medicine
  • Emergency Care, the largest and busiest private unit in NSW

SAH also offers a large range of outpatient services, including physiotherapy, cardiac rehabilitation, pathology, radiology, ultrasound (including San Ultrasound for Women), nuclear medicine, wound care, radiation oncology, dietitian services, and an on-site family medical and dental centre.

On-site accommodation is available at Jacaranda Lodge for outpatients, family members who live far from the hospital, and others looking for low-cost accommodation. Jacaranda Lodge also houses the extensive Cancer Support Centre and services.

The San Clinic opened in 2003 adjacent to the hospital, and provides access to over 100 specialists in a range of medical and surgical fields. Sydney Adventist Hospital also owns two other hospitals. The San Day Surgery Hornsby is a stand-alone day surgery facility located near Hornsby Hospital. In July 2010, Dalcross Adventist Hospital (formerly Dalcross Private Hospital) was purchased in nearby Killara. Dalcross has over 50 beds and offers ophthalmic, vascular, spinal and other surgical services.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School". University of Sydney.
  2. ^ Gleeson, Rachel (9 February 2011). "New clinical school a first in a private hospital". University of Sydney.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g History. Sydney Adventist Hospital. Retrieved 2009-09-02