About Us

About Us

Helping health care providers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to help you.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to create opportunities of viability for health care providers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and to improve access to quality health services for residents within their communities.


Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions (UPHCS) is a network of community health care providers, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with a shared vision of working together to promote collaboration in areas that will provide quality health care services to the members’ respective communities. UPHCS is a corporation of health care organizations formed to facilitate access to high-quality health care, at a reasonable cost. Together, UPHCS members are continuously working to provide coordinated health care delivery for residents in the Upper Peninsula and surrounding communities.


UPHCS is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization which serves the 300,000 residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through collaborative efforts among the network members. UPHCS sponsorships include the Upper Peninsula Poison Crisis Network, the Upper Peninsula Medical Library Consortium and the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Centers. Network members are currently involved with joint purchasing opportunities, mobile MRI services, education, electronic posting of a physician directory, the U.P. Teleradiology, Teleconferencing and Telemedicine Network and a reference lab network. UPHCS continues to develop a UP-wide integrated information system network, the Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange (UPHIE), to connect the U.P. hospitals. This system provides a cost-effective mechanism to access patient information and streamline patient care delivery.


Melissa HolmquistExecutive Director
Janey JoffeeAssistant Director

Board of Directors

Margie HaleChairBaraga County Memorial HospitalCEO
Paula ChermsideVice-ChairAspirus Ironwood Hospital & ClinicsCAO
Hunter NostrantSecretaryHelen Newberry Joy HospitalCEO
Robert CrumbTreasurerSchoolcraft Memorial HospitalCEO
Rae KaareAspirus Iron River Hospital & ClinicsInterim CAO
Christine HarffAspirus Region &
Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital
Regional President & Interim CAO
Jerry DooleyUP Health System - MarquetteInterim CEO
Conrad DeeseLifePointSVP/CFO
Dr. John ReynoldsMunising Memorial HospitalInterim CEO
Dylan TaylorAspirus Ontonagon Hospital
David JahnWar Memorial HospitalCEO
Randy NeiswongerUP Health System - PortageCEO
Mitch LeckeltUP Health System - BellCEO
Karen CheesemanMackinac Straits Health System, Inc.CEO
Chuck NelsonDickinson County Healthcare SystemCEO