About Us

With fifty years of service behind us, Northwest Michigan Health Services is your community resource for medical, dental, and mental health services. For a lifetime of affordable, accessible health care, count on our compassion.

You Are Welcome Here

Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. (NMHSI) welcomes anyone seeking health care, regardless of their income, occupation, age, ethnicity, or country of origin. Since 1968, NMHSI has provided culturally appropriate primary medical and dental care, serving seven counties in northwest lower Michigan. NMHSI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity and is one of 40 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Michigan.

Our Mission

Northwest Michigan Health Services is dedicated to providing quality healthcare through a wide range of health services to the people in our communities, always serving with dignity and compassion.


In Michigan, agriculture is a six-billion-dollar-a-year industry, second only to the auto industry. The Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers that travel to Michigan to work in the fields and orchards of our communities make up the largest percentage of the state's workforce. Because of language barriers and other circumstances, these workers have historically faced greater challenges than the general public when seeking health care. To address this disparity in health care access, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. was established in 1968 as a not-for-profit organization providing primary health care and preventative care to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers.

In 2010, we faced the fact that Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers were not alone in their struggle to access health care – rather, they were among tens of thousands of uninsured or under-insured people and families in Michigan. This is why NMHSI committed to expanding our services to all of the area's underserved population. The Mission and Vision of the organization were updated that year to reflect the organizational shift and expansion of services.

Notice To Patients

This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

Under federal law relating to the operation of health centers, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) provides the exclusive remedy for damage from personal injury, including death, resulting from the performance of medical, surgical, dental, or related functions within the scope of deemed employment by any volunteer of a deemed health center who the Department of Health and Human Services has deemed to be an employee of the Public Health Service (See Public Health Service Act subsection 224(1), codified at 42 U.S.C. § 223(q).

Board of Directors

NMHSI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose principal role is to ensure fiscal responsibility and fulfillment of the organization's mission.

  • Kirk Myers  |  President
  • Ann Marie Grenadier | Vice President
  • Karen Goodman  |  Treasurer
  • Rochelle Radlinski  |  Secretary
  • Mimi Appel
  • James Krupka
  • Fernando Meza
  • J. Edson Pontes, MD
  • Cathy Rybicki
  • Larry VanSickle
  • David Wild, MD

Heidi Britton, CEO

Ms. Britton joined NMHSI in 2014. Previously, she served as CEO of the Knox Community Health Center and as public health administrator of the Knox County Health Department. Britton is a Certified Public Health Administrator and holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has spent her career serving in public health and health services for underserved populations, including directing a school-based health center in Champaign, Illinois, and being a health volunteer for the US Peace Corps in Turkmenistan.