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Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance Incorporated (ACHA) is one of the largest private healthcare networks in South Australia. Operating within its proud community-based and not-for-profit tradition, it provides a wide range of high quality healthcare services through its collection of acute medical, surgical and obstetric hospitals.
ACHA enjoys a contractual agreement with Healthscope Ltd that sees ACHA retain responsibility for strategic direction and governance while Healthscope Ltd takes care of daily management of operations.
As a not-for-profit community health organisation, surplus funds are re-invested into the organisation and utilised in upgrading patient facilities, service and equipment.
ACHA operations is comprised of:
ACHA employs some 2,000 staff and has over 1,000 accredited visiting medical specialists and volunteers.
Ashford Hospital was opened in 1950, it was originally a joint collaboration between Unley, Mitcham, West Torrens and Marion Councils and a group of Western District doctors. It was actually the second hospital opened on the same site with Ashford Private Hospital first opening in 1935, which was run by two nursing sisters who sold the hospital to Ashford Community Hospital in 1950.
Ashford Hospital was also the first private hospital in South Australia to perform Cardiac Surgery.
Opened in 1999, the hospital was Adelaide’s first purpose built private hospital on a teaching hospital campus linking it to a major university medical school and an internationally recognised public teaching hospital.
Originally three large homes situated on a two and a half acre property, The Memorial Hospital was established by the SA Methodist Conference as a monument to veterans of World War I. The Hospital’s first patient was admitted in 1920.
Since 2003, ACHA has enjoyed a contractual agreement with Healthscope Ltd that sees ACHA retain responsibility for strategic direction and governance while Healthscope Ltd takes care of daily management of operations.