Address: 34-38 Ocean Village Shopping Centre Ocho Rios St. Ann
Telephone: (876) 795 - 3107
Fax: (876) 795 - 2747
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The North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) was born out of the National Health Service Act in 1997 and the Government of Jamaica’s Health Reform Programme which saw the decentralizing of health service delivery. Under decentralization, the management of delivery of health services shifted from central government (Ministry of Health) to 4 semi-autonomous bodies – the Regional Health Authorities (RHA). RHAs have responsibility for the operation and management of health services within a defined geographic area. 

The decentralization of the management of the Health Service is designed to facilitate the provision of cost-effective, accessible, integrated health care of an acceptable standard to the Jamaican public. NERHA is under the control and direction of a board of directors comprising 15 persons appointed by the Minister of Health. The Chief Executive of NERHA is the Regional Director (RD) who reports directly to the Chairman of the Board. The RD is responsible for the management of the day-to-day activities of the authority. NERHA comprises the parishes of St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland, a geographic area of 1018 sq. miles (2637 km2), and a population of 356, 000. It constitutes 13.8% of the general population and is the smallest of the 4 health regions in Jamaica.

The Mission of the North-East Regional Health Authority is, in partnership with other stakeholders, to promote the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being and enhanced quality of life for the residents of St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland. This by empowering individuals and communities and ensuring access to adequate health care through the provision of cost effective, promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services.

“Healthy lifestyles, healthy environment…healthy people”.

Mr. Leon Gordon - Chairman

Dr. Michael Whittingham - Deputy Chairman 
Mr. Canute Brown 
Ms. Averline Beckford 
Mr. Mark Perkins 
Mrs. Dawn Marie Richards 
Mr. Paul Fyffe 
Mr. Daine Thomas
Reverend Herbert Hall 
Mr. Desmond Goulbourne 
Ex-officio Members 
Regional Director 
Senior Medical Officer, St. Ann's Bay Hospital 
Regional Technical Director
Permanent Secretary's Nominee
*Appointed February 27, 2012 for a period of three (3) years to February 26, 2015
North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA)
Government of Jamaica