Quick facts

We deliver health care across 32 communities and 55 First Nation communities found in 6 regional districts of Northern British Columbia (view map), serving about 300,000 people, many of whom are Indigenous. 

Our services include:

  • Acute (hospital) care
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Public health
  • Home and community care

More than 7,000 people work for Northern Health. Our facilities include:

  • 18 hospitals
  • 25 long-term care facilities
  • Many public health units
  • Many offices providing specialized services

In 2020-2021 in the Northern Health region:

  • Doctors performed 13,753 scheduled surgeries
  • 2,829 babies were born
  • There were more than 213,081 inpatient overnight stays
  • There were 214,837 outpatient visits (including specialty clinics)
  • Our emergency departments were visited 227,565 times
  • We provide 1,191 HCC residential care beds (as of August 18, 2021)

Governance and administration:

We're governed by a ten-member board with representation from throughout the North. The Chair is Colleen V. Nyce.

We're divided into three Health Service Delivery Areas (HSDAs):

  • Northeast
  • Northern Interior
  • Northwest

Our Chief Executive Officer is Cathy Ulrich, and there's a Chief Operating Officer in each of our three HSDAs:

  • Northwest: Ciro Panessa
  • Northern Interior: Penny Anguish
  • Northeast: Angela De Smit

View the 2019-2020 Annual Report (pdf)