About UsPaul Ramsay AO

Our founder and benefactor

Starting out as a land surveyor in Bowral, NSW, Paul Ramsay later established a private psychiatric clinic in Sydney in 1964. From this small beginning, Ramsay Health Care continued to grow throughout the 1970s and 80s, building hospitals across Australia, the USA, the UK and Hong Kong.

In 1997, Ramsay Health Care successfully floated on the Australian Stock Exchange. It is now one of the world’s largest private hospital operators, with 212 hospitals located in Australia the UK, France, Indonesia and Malaysia. It employs more than 50,000 staff, treats over 2 million patients each year, and is well respected in the healthcare industry for operating high quality private hospitals.

In addition to his influential role in healthcare, Paul was one of the initiators of regional television aggregation in Australia. He built stations across regional Australia which today form the Prime Television Network, with a potential audience of more than 5.1 million people.

He also formed the Paul Ramsay Group, which encompassed a range of other business interests including media, property and agribusiness.

Throughout his career, Paul was a generous benefactor to a variety of educational, cultural, artistic, political and sporting organisations.

In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Paul Ramsay was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the community.

He is remembered by his friends, family, colleagues and employees as a true gentleman and a proud but humble Australian.

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