Message from the Regional Director
WELCOME and thank you for visiting the website of the North-East Regional Health Authority (NERHA). I am Fabia M. Lamm, JP, Regional Director.
The decentralization of the Ministry of Health, Jamaica, and the enactment of the National Health Services Act of 1997, made provisions for the formulation of four (4) semi-autonomous Regional Health Authorities, each of which is defined by geographical boundaries of varying sizes and have overarching responsibilities for the delivery of public sector health care services for specific parishes in Jamaica. The NERHA consists of three parishes, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann, within a geographic area of 2,637 km2 and serves a population of 371,713 (Statistical Institute of Jamaica 2018), through a health care delivery network formed by 71 health centres, 4 general hospitals and 2 community hospitals.
The NERHA values are embodied in the expected daily activities of our team members as we focus on delivering quality health care services to you, our stakeholders, through the exhibition of ethical, caring, dedicated and honest behaviours. Additionally, we strive to provide you with a safe and healthy working environment, where equity, non-discriminatory practices, fairness, courtesy and access to health care services is your ultimate experience. These, we believe, will hone and further assist us in developing sound decision making, effective and strategically driven solutions to the myriad of health and resource challenges, emerging diseases and other unforeseen health crises that we will face on an ongoing basis.
I am always encouraged and impressed by the resilience of our health care workers, who for the most part, are dedicated individuals, committed to the well-being of our citizens and continuously display their resourcefulness and adaptability in ensuring that the clients’ needs are understood and met as we strive to fulfil our motto: Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Environment…Healthy People.
As we embark on the next stages of our growth and development as an organization, we are inspired by the insightfulness and leadership of our Board of Management, who remain passionate about service excellence and superior work ethics as the NERHA moves from strength to strength in our quest to ensure a healthy nation.
On behalf of Team NERHA, I invite you to explore our website and learn about us and all that we do!