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Message from the Stroke Center Director

McLaren Bay Region Stroke Center Meets Rigorous Standards

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"Designated as a Primary Stroke Center,  McLaren Bay Region is among the best of the best in stroke care."

"Stroke certification speaks to the level of competence in stroke care-the ability to respond efficiently and appropriately to patients with stroke or TIA," explains Linda Szafranski, director of Patient Care Services for McLaren Bay Region. "This is a rigorous program with extremely high standards and expectations."

Although McLaren Bay Region received the designation four years ago, the medical center works with The Joint Commission continuously to maintain the prestigious status. Each month, the medical center sends quality data to The Joint Commission for review and feedback. And every other year, The Joint Commission conducts a site visit to review the program and discuss potential improvements.

In addition, McLaren Bay Region was one of only eight Michigan hospitals recognized at the annual Michigan Stroke Conference in September 2010 for achieving 90 percent or greater compliance with all specified care measures for four consecutive quarters. This is a prestigious honor that speaks to the hospital's focus on excellence in stroke care.