The history of Arwyp Medical Centre dates back to the mid-1980’s. The main building in Pine Avenue Kempton Park was originally used as an office block. The hospital was established in 1985 and opened its doors to the public in 1986. It was known as the Kempton Park Hydromed. The founding shareholders were Dr W Wypkema, Mr. PJKM Arendsen, Mr. F Wypkema and Mr. J. Langerak.
The hospital began by only using a few floors of the building and initially occupied the 5th, 6th and 7th floors, housing administration wards and theatre. Other businesses still formed part of the building including a hairdresser on the ground floor.
In 1989 Dr Wypkema and Mr. Arendsen bought out Mr F. Wypkema and Mr. Langerak and changed the name from Kempton Park Hydromed to Arwyp Medical Centre using letters from their combined surnames. At that stage, the hospital consisted of 164 beds and 6 theatres. In the same year, Dr Wypkema’s son Otto joined the management team. Otto was to become the CEO of Arwyp.
In 1992, due to increasing market share and expansion of the hospital, the property on the southern side of the main building was acquired and a 4-storey building was erected to house the radiology department with both CAT and MRI scanners, as well as doctors’ consulting rooms.
In 1993 the maternity ward was opened on the 3rd floor.
Arwyp obtained South African Nursing Council (SANC) accreditation to operate as a clinical facility for nursing training in 1996. This led to the opening of the Arwyp Training Institute (ATI) on the 13th floor of the main hospital building.
In 2000 the double story block of flats, previously known as Langtree Court, was bought to house the management team and administration departments. A parking stand on the western side (known later as Pine Parking) was bought to satisfy the increasing demand for parking space.
In 2001 Arwyp achieved a NOSA 5-star grading which marked the starting point of the drive towards exceptional quality. By now the entire building was used with wards on every floor. The 9th and 10th floors were used for doctors and administration.