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About Us

About Us

Southern Cross Healthcare - caring
for more New Zealanders

Southern Cross Healthcare, previously known as Southern Cross Hospitals, is the largest private healthcare network in New Zealand.

In the 2022/23 financial year, we provided elective surgery to over 95,000 patients at our wholly owned and joint venture hospitals.

In addition, our subsidiaries and joint venture partnerships in rehabilitation, physiotherapy, mental health and workplace health services further support the health outcomes of New Zealanders.

Southern Cross Healthcare provides services to insurance-funded, ACC, Te Whatu Ora and self-paying patients.

Southern Cross Healthcare is extremely proud to be an integral part of New Zealand’s wider healthcare system.

As a for-purpose organisation that is owned by Southern Cross Health Trust (a Charitable Trust), our profits are reinvested to fulfil our purpose of supporting the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

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Our core services

Southern Cross Healthcare is New Zealand’s largest independent healthcare network. A nationwide family of joint venture and wholly owned hospitals; specialist centres; physiotherapy; rehabilitation; and employer health and wellness providers. From post-operative rehabilitation and pain management, to workplace-based vaccinations and mental health services, Southern Cross Healthcare’s focus is committed to better health for more Kiwis.

Susie Mourton, Gynaecologist at Southern Cross Christchurch Hospital

Private surgical hospitals

Daniel, Southern Endoscopy

Specialist centres

Hannah, TBI Health

Physiotherapy and rehabilitation

Raise Mental Health

Workplace health

Southern Cross Health Trust

The Southern Cross Health Trust is a Charitable Trust established almost 50 years ago with a vision to give more New Zealanders access to timely, affordable, and quality private healthcare.

The Trust delivers this vision via its key subsidiary, Southern Cross Healthcare Limited (Southern Cross Healthcare), which has a primary purpose of advancing the provision of quality healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Southern Cross Health Trust is proud to address unmet health-related needs in many meaningful ways including via the social impact initiatives listed below.

Charitable Surgery Programme

Good health is everyone’s right. Unfortunately, certain elective procedures which help people maintain quality of life can be out of reach due to financial restrictions or prohibitive waiting times for publicly funded surgery. The Trust offers support for some patients in these circumstances in partnership with specialists who offer to undertake these services pro bono. Since 2019, the Trust has provided almost $1.5m towards charitable surgical procedures.

Auckland City Mission

The Auckland City Mission (Te Tāpui Atawhai) is a charitable partner of the Trust. Part of its service to Auckland’s most vulnerable citizens is the Calder Health Centre which provides essential health support to 2,000 patients annually. The Mission’s primary health care model is nurse-led, providing medical care on-site and in the community through an outreach service. Since 2018, the Trust has supported the Calder Health Centre by contributing towards its nurses' salaries.

We are a people business

Care is at the heart of all we do; and as such Southern Cross Healthcare is a 'people business'.

Our hospital and National Support Office teams increasingly work closely with others across the wider Southern Cross Healthcare network; harnessing the collective expertise to support the best health outcomes for our patients.

Our people

Our executive leadership team

Our board

Southern Cross is with New Zealanders to support healthier lives and thriving communities

The Southern Cross branded businesses are a range of insurance and health-related businesses comprising Southern Cross Healthcare, Southern Cross Health Society, Southern Cross Pet Insurance, and Southern Cross Travel Insurance.

While operating independently of each other, we are united by a common brand, a for-purpose ethos, and we pledge to stand alongside our people and communities. We’re champions for improving intergenerational health and wellbeing and creating a flourishing future for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our latest Community Impact Report highlights the positive ways that Southern Cross contributed to communities in 2023.

Read the Southern Cross 2023 Community Impact Report >

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Round the Bays

New nurse career pathways


As a leader in healthcare, we strive to make informed decisions about how we embed, integrate, and take into account the community and environment.

With national influence, we know we can positively contribute to climate change by reducing our carbon emissions and working with others to meet our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Our waste reduction highlights in 2023 include:

  • Over 140,000 PVC IV bags collected for recycling by our network of wholly owned hospitals.
  • Over 107,000kg of paper, plastic, metal, and cardboard were diverted from landfill.
  • Over 30,000 reprocessed single-use devices (such as hover matts, DVT sleeves and blood pressure eco cuffs) saved from being sent to landfill.

Find out more about how we are caring for the environment >

Our history and heritage

The history of Southern Cross Healthcare spans more than 40 years. Our origins in the 1960’s were driven by the need for private hospitals following the introduction of health insurance in New Zealand. In 2020 we changed our name from Southern Cross Hospitals to Southern Cross Healthcare to reflect our broader scope of services we now provide to support the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Learn about our journey >