Melissa Holmquist named UPHP Chief Operating Officer

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health Plan President and CEO Dennis Smith announces Melissa Holmquist as Chief Operating Officer.

Holmquist, a Crystal Falls native, is in her 14th year with the company being promoted from her current position, Director of Government Programs. UPHP, a managed care organization providing Medicaid and Medicare services to members in the Upper Peninsula, has grown rapidly since 2015, adding new product lines like MI Health Link and increasing its Medicare Advantage membership.

Chief Operating Officer will be the seventh position Holmquist has held within the company, after having first applied for employment at UPHP while she was a graduate student at Northern Michigan University.

“UPHP has been a great company to work for. I’m excited for this new opportunity to provide more leadership and share the knowledge that I have gained throughout my career. I look forward to growing our community collaboration efforts and working with organizations that meet the social needs of our members,” said Holmquist in a press release.

In her role as COO, Holmquist will report to the President and CEO of UPHP, and will continue to serve as a member of the Senior Management team; However, she now has complete responsibility for the following departments: Government Programs, Physician Services, Credentialing, Customer Services, Reception, and Advocacy with Governmental Units (Local, State and Federal).

With more than a decade of experience in various departments at UPHP, Holmquist has the experience and institutional knowledge to excel in this new position.

“We are excited to have Missie take on additional leadership responsibilities as we continue to scale our programs to serve greater numbers of individuals including those with complex needs,” noted Smith. “There is a tremendous opportunity to build on our history and make UPHP operationally stronger.”