Ramsay Health Care was founded by Paul Ramsay AO in 1964 and he went on to become Chairman and major shareholder of the Company which he remained until his death in May 2014.
An Australian entrepreneur, Mr Ramsay is known for his establishment of private hospitals; expanding regional television services; property development; and as a major benefactor to a range of educational, cultural, artistic and sporting organisations.
2014 was the 50th anniversary of the opening of Paul’s first private hospital in Sydney, Australia. From these early beginnings, he went on to establish Ramsay Health Care, which in the year of his death had grown to become not only the largest private hospital group in Australia, but a global hospital group with 212 hospitals across the world, employing over 50,000 staff and treating almost 3 million patients each year.
In addition to healthcare, Mr Ramsay was also heavily involved in the media industry. In 1985 he was the largest radio operator in the UK. He was one of the initiators of television aggregation in Australia and built stations across the country, which today form part of the PRIME7 Television Network. Mr Ramsay was Chairman of the Prime Media Group for almost 30 years until relinquishing this role in April 2014.
For his services to the community, Mr Ramsay was conferred an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2002.
Above all, Mr Ramsay was known by his close friends, family and people who have worked with him, and for him, as a true gentleman and a humble but proud Australian. Under his good guidance, Ramsay Health Care hospitals focus on maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety, being an employer of choice and operating the business according to “The Ramsay Way” philosophy: People Caring for People. His principles and philosophy continue to permeate the organisation well after his death.
Mr Ramsay grew up in Bowral, New South Wales, the son of Oscar, a land surveyor and Mary.
He is greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, staff and doctors and anyone that knew him, throughout the world.
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