PHA Historical Overview

Since 1999, the Public Hospitals Authority has enjoyed a rapid expansion.  With its corporate offices originally housed in a rented suite of offices on Parliament Street, it was not long before growth dictated a move to the first floor of the Dockendale/Manx complex opposite the Western Esplanade in 2000; the PHA Corporate & Training Centre relocated in 2008 to its permanent home, a state of the art compound at Third & West Terraces, Centreville in New Providence.

The first Chair of the PHA Board of Directors, Dr. George Sherman, was appointed in 1999.  He was succeeded by Mr. Ishmael Lightborne and subsequently by Mrs. Ruth Millar in January 2003.  Former Under Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Pan American Health Organization Representative Mrs. Veta Brown was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors July 2007.  In 2012 Sen. The Hon. Frank Smith was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and continues to serve in that office.

Mrs. Michaela Storr occupied the office of Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority from the 1st of July 1999 until June 30th 2002.  She was succeeded in that position by Mr. Herbert Brown, who continues to serve as Managing Director of the PHA.

During the decade and a half since its establishment, the PHA has overseen major renovations and upgrades to the physical plant and grounds at each of the three public hospitals.  These include the commencement of construction of the Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital, the renovation of the Accident and Emergency Unit and the construction of the new Operating Theatres and Day Surgical Suites at the Rand Memorial Hospital. The construction of two new wards at the geriatric hospital at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, the relocation of General Practice Clinic and Family Medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital, and the renovation of the Pharmacy were also a part of the major construction and expansion works undertaken by the Public Hospitals Authority.