Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. (NMHSI) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are recruited and elected by the incumbent board. The principal role of the Board is to oversee the financial viability of the organization and to ensure that it's mission is fulfilled. As with any not-for-profit organization, the Board of Directors do not own the corporation. Rather, the members provide their individual expertise, time, and talents by serving on the board on a voluntary basis. There is no monetary compensation for their service other than reimbursement for Board related expenditures and travel.
The NMHSI Board typically meets on a monthly basis at the Bear Lake-Onekama facility, the mid-point of the seven county service area. In the summer, meetings are also held at NMSHI's Traverse City and Shelby clinics to enable Board members to be familiar with all of the locations. Each Board Member is asked to participate on at least one committee.