Chief Executive Officer
Mitch Leckelt is the Chief Executive Officer of UP Health System – Bell. He assumed his role in July of 2014.
Mr. Leckelt holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). With 20 plus years of training and experience in hospital administration in Louisiana and Michigan, Mr. Leckelt has led his team at UPHS – Bell to the highest of standards.
UPHS – Bell is recognized for quality and providing safe patient care. In Mr. Leckelt’s tenure at UPHS – Bell, he has driven his team to become Joint Commission Accredited, a Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Chest Pain Center of Excellence, and Accreditation with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Mr. Leckelt is passionate about being true to LifePoint’s mission; Making Communities Healthier.
Chief Financial Officer
Teresa Perry is the Chief Financial Officer and has worked at UP Health System – Bell for nearly 13 years.
Teresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Capella University. Teresa is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and Certified Healthcare Finance Professional. She is a member of the Bell Auxiliary Board, Small Rural Hospital Council (MHA), Behavioral Health Council (MHA), Membership Committee (ACHE) and Education Committee (ACHE).
Chief Nursing Officer
Born and raised in the UP, Hanson loves snowshoeing, camping, traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with family. She attended Northern Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004. Before being appointed Chief Nursing Officer, Hanson served as the Interim Chief Nursing Officer, the Director of Emergency Services, and the Director of Care Management. She spent her early healthcare career at Bell, as a Registered Nurse, Acute Care Unit & Intensive Care Unit, from May, 2004 to January of 2014. In addition to her degree from NMU, Hanson also earned a Master of Health Leadership in March, 2020, from Western Governors University.
Director of Physician Practices
Michelle Palomaki is the Director of Physician Practices and has been an employee at UP Health System – Bell for over 22 years.
Michelle is currently enrolled at The University of Phoenix for her Bachelor’s in Business Management. She is also Certified in Medical Office and Terminology, president of the GINCC board, and a Lake Superior Leadership Academy Board Member.
Director of Human Resources
Tami Ketchem is the Director of Human Resources and Environmental Services and has worked at UP Health System – Bell for 25 ½ years.
Tami holds an Associate’s Degree in Business from Northern Michigan University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and an Ishpeming I.C.E. Board Member. Tami also plans to sit for the SHRM-SCP Exam.