Our history in the healthcare sector

In 2020 Southern Cross hospitals changes its name to Southern Cross Healthcare; reflecting the evolution, with its partners, of a range of service extending well beyond hospital and specialist surgical care. This latest announcement signals the vision and ambitions of Southern Cross as a trusted independent healthcare brand with a reputation for delivering high quality healthcare.
Southern Cross Healthcare confirms its focus on further developing the country’s largest private healthcare network, offering a nationwide family of hospitals, community based physiotherapy and rehabilitation services, and workplace health and wellness providers.
In 2020, Southern Cross acquires a stake in EAPworks, a leading New Zealand owned and operated mental health and wellness provider for businesses.
During 2019, Southern Cross Hospitals partners with Central Lakes Trust to begin development of a surgical hospital in Queenstown. In Auckland, a new Southern Cross Hospitals joint venture partnership with a group of leading orthopaedic specialists, North Shore Surgical Centre, opens in Auckland. Southern Cross Rehabilitation, a subsidiary of Southern Cross Hospitals, acquires a stake in North Island health business Active+.
During 2018, Southern Cross Hospitals joins forces with a group of specialists to build a new endoscopy unit in the Wellington Region. The Rutherford Clinic services the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast. In Auckland, a new Southern Cross Hospitals join venture partnership with workplace healthcare provider, Medpro was established.
In 2016, Southern Cross Hospitals forms a joint venture partnership with TBI Health, a specialist in injury management and rehabilitation services.
During 2010, Southern Endoscopy Centre, a joint venture with medical specialists, opened for business on Southern Cross’ Christchurch hospital campus.
During 2007, Ormiston Hospital, a new private hospital development was built in South East Auckland, representing the first such facility in that area.
In 2005, Auckland Surgical Centre, a successful purpose-built day stay hospital was purchased by Southern Cross Hospitals and added to its Auckland region service network.
In 2001, our Gillies Hospital joint venture was formed, based on Gilles Avenue in Auckland. Run as a very successful partnership, it became a wholly-owned Southern Cross hospital in 2014, renowned as a centre of expertise for head and neck, ENT surgery.
In 2000, Brightside’s high tech hospital was re-opened on the Epsom site, representing a very modern surgical facility in the centre of Auckland.
During 1992, projects involving development in Napier, Invercargill and Wanganui progress.
In 1988, land purchased in Wellington saw the first step to a hospital development there. Our hospital in the capital has developed into a large private hospital and specialist centre.
In 1986, land purchased on Auckland’s North Shore represented the first step to a future hospital development on Wairau Road. More recent land acquisitions and ongoing developments mean our North Harbour site represents a major private health campus.
During 1984, the Iona Trust Hospital in New Plymouth was acquired, beginning a journey to a modern private hospital in the Taranaki region.
In 1983, investments in land and building projects in Tauranga and agreement to purchase of St Andrews Hospital in Rotorua signalled the first steps to development of more hospital facilities across New Zealand. Southern Cross Tauranga merged with the Norfolk Community Trust to form a Joint Venture in 2001, and then in 2007, the combined business moved to a new site in Oropi - known now as Grace Hospital. Southern Cross Rotorua merged with QE Hospital in 2007. This partnership saw the successful development of a significantly improved private hospital facility in 2009, which is now a wholly owned Southern Cross hospital, after further developments during in 2012.
During 1982, Northcote Hospital in Palmerston North was transferred to the Southern Cross Hospital Trust, This hospital merged with Aorangi hospital in 2012 and shortly afterwards, in 2013, it became known as Crest Hospital.
In 1981, a Christchurch hospital in Bealey Avenue was added to Southern Cross’ portfolio of properties. With significant developments starting in the late 1990’s, Christchurch has grown to become a very sophisticated private hospital and specialist centre and now represents our largest campus in the country.
In 1979, Southern Cross Hospitals was effectively established as the assets and land of first hospital, the Lavington Hospital in Auckland, was acquired.
In 1977, Southern Cross directors formed a completely separate trust capable of managing and operating any hospitals that might approach them for finance and management expertise. The new Southern Cross Hospital Trust (later renamed Southern Cross Health Trust) was registered in 1977.
During the 1970s, rapid growth put pressure on private hospitals - not just for beds, but for theatre facilities and improved quality of equipment and sophisticated care. Southern Cross directors had always taken this matter very seriously - based on a commitment not just to quality, but also availability too. Private hospital patients clearly expected no waiting.
The development of health insurance in New Zealand effectively transformed the private hospital environment. During the 1960s, when the growth of Southern Cross’s insurance business was modest and orderly, there was ample spare capacity in private hospitals.