The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) celebrated 20 years since its development in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas on Monday, July 1.
PHA Assistant Director of Public Relations Valeria Burrows, revealed that staff participated in a number of activities to celebrate the milestone, including a church service at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a cake cutting event July 1 at the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH).
PHA members attending the ceremony included – Ejnar Cornish, Director of the PHA Board; Executive Management Committee Members, including Hospital Administrator Sharon Williams; Medical Chief of Staff Dr. Freeman Lockhart; Financial Controller Christerlina Laing-Parisod and Acting Principal Nursing Officer Yvonne Clarke.
Pastor Danny Eric Clarke of Freeport Seventh Day Adventist Church and Hospital Chaplain opened the celebration with prayer, followed by brief remarks by Williams and Cornish.
Commending the staff for their stellar performance, Cornish also acknowledged that the organization is still growing, but all should be proud of the accomplishments made.
As members of the GBHS (Grand Bahama Health Services) sang, “Happy Birthday” as Cornish, who was surrounded by Executive Management Committee Members, cut the cake.
A similar ceremony was held simultaneously in Nassau at the PMH (Princess Margaret Hospital), Sandilands and the PHA’s corporate office.
The celebrations are expected to conclude with the Annual Sapphire Ball and Awards Ceremony set for December 2019.
The PHA was established to autonomously manage the affairs of three government owned hospitals, Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) and the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH), which is a part of Grand Bahama Health Services (GBHS).
This was in addition to three government agencies whose services are aligned with management of hospitals, Bahamas National Drug Agency (BNDA), Supplies Management Agency and National Emergency Medical Services (NEMS).
NEMS, BNDA and MMD formed the shared services branch of the PHA. These three entities are defined as “shared services” in view of the fact that their respective mandates encompass services provided by both the Public Health Department (in New Providence and the Family Islands) and the PHA.
The Public Hospitals Authority is guided by strategic directions and goals defined by the Ministry of Health to achieve an overall national health vision for Healthy People, Effective Healthcare Delivery Systems and Efficient Operations of Services within The Bahamas.
It works in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and its agencies (the Public Health Department and the Department of Environmental Health Services) to achieve targets for the public sector health services system, as identified in the National Health Services Strategic Plan.
As an independent public entity, the Public Hospitals Authority is governed by a Board of Directors, headed by a Chairman who is appointed by and directly accountable to the Minister of Health.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Authority is the Managing Director who is assisted by a senior executive committee at the corporate office located at Third and West Terraces in Centreville, New Providence.
The PHA’s Board and corporate office responsibilities include strategic planning, policy formulation, monitoring, evaluation, central level fiscal and human resources management and project/programme development and oversight.