History of Scenic Rivers Health Services

Scenic Rivers Health Services is a Community Health Center and a Federally Qualified Health Center.  Originally started as Cook Area Health Services in 1979, we've been expanding into new clinics and gaining new providers ever since.  We currently serve an 8,300 square mile service area with six medical clinics and four dental clinics spread over three counties.  Scenic Rivers Health Services is also associated with critical access hospitals in Cook and Bigfork, which allow us to provide patient care 24 hours a day. 

Cook Area Health Services, Inc., dba Scenic Rivers Health Services is FTCA Deemed.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in accordance with the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act (FSHCAA) deems Cook Area Health Services with FTCA Notice of Deeming effective 1/01/2018 through 12/31/2018.  Notice of Deeming Action confirms medical malpractice coverage for Cook Area Health Services and its covered individuals.



Michael Holmes, Chief Executive Officer
Keith Harvey, Chief Financial Officer
Nancy Mault, Chief Operations Officer
Jeffrey Scrivner, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Duane Sushoreba, DDS, Chief Dental Officer
Travis Luedke, Human Resources/Business Development Director

Board of Directors

Serving Bigfork/Big Falls
Gail Blackmer – Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Gallagher
William Swanberg
Serving Cook
William Tibbetts – President
Stephanie Burckhardt
Robert Walker
Daniel Kerr
Serving Northome
Karen Lorenzen
Marian Swang
Serving Tower

Serving Tower/Ely

Richard Hanson

Wende Nelson - Vice President

Scenic Rivers Health Services' Mission The mission of Cook Area Health Services, Inc. is to provide medical, dental  & supportive services  in a remote, rural area of  northern Minnesota.

HRSA Health Center Quality Leader 2017 Awardee
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