"Take Me to the San"
By Branimir Schubert and Denise Murray

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Even before its completion and official opening in January, 1903, the Sydney Sanitarium had admitted and treated its first patient. Situated on a hilltop in the then-rural locality of Wahroonga, the hospital’s mission would reach around the world, lead innovation in medical, nursing and ethical practice, and continue to adapt to the changing healthcare needs, environment and economy.
Sydney Adventist Hospital—still affectionately known to many as “The San”—is a landmark in Sydney’s northern suburbs. A pioneer in wholistic healthcare, the hospital is committed to health of body, mind and spirit for its patients, staff and community.
This is a collection of stories from the history of the San, as well as reflections on how this history has been shaped by mission and what it means to be a hospital with a mission today. Written by contributors with many years’ experience at Sydney Adventist Hospital, these are stories of “Christianity in Action”.

“The history of ‘The San’ is a wonderful and remarkable story of an institution that has truly demonstrated its mission, namely ‘Christianity in Action’.”—Richard F E Warburton, AO LVO, Chairman, San Foundation

“I was born in the San—in the original wooden building—and, like many generations of Australians who have passed through its doors, I still feel I have a stake in the place. This book celebrates the stories that helped create and shape this unique Sydney landmark that still buzzes with a powerful sense of mission.”—Professor Roger Magnusson, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney