Michael A. Holmes
NACHC Chair of the Board, NACHC, and Chief Executive Officer, Cook Area Health Services, Inc.
Michael A. Holmes is the CEO of Cook Area Health Services dba Scenic Rivers Health Services. A single site when Mike took the helm over 36 years ago, Scenic Rivers now operates six medical clinics and three dental clinics in an 8,000 square mile service area. In addition to meeting the increasing demand for CHC access in northern Minnesota, Mike also saw the need for moving the organization to an electronic medical record and determined that it could be best accomplished through a network structure. In 2001, Scenic Rivers Health Services partnered with three other organizations to form the Northern Minnesota Network, later adding two other organizations. This health center controlled network has implemented shared Health Information Technology systems to provide practice management, electronic medical records and electronic dental records in rural, medically underserved areas of Minnesota, North Dakota and Illinois.