Stroke Services

McLaren is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our stroke patients. The clock starts ticking upon the first signs of a stroke. For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. The key to maximizing your outcome after stroke symptoms begin is to immediately call 9-1-1 so you can get to the Emergency Department as soon as possible. Similar to treating a heart attack, evidence based medicine shows there is a "treatment window" for maximizing outcomes for stroke patients. McLaren is among the best in area stroke care and employs a skilled to staff to increase positive results.

Stroke is a medical emergency! Time is critical if you are having a stroke. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms

The National Stroke Association says you can use the acronym FAST:

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time - If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke Center at McLaren Flint

McLaren Flint is a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

McLaren Flint is the first hospital in Genesee County to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

With this certification, McLaren Flint joins an elite group of health care organizations across the country that are focused on highly-specialized stroke care. McLaren Flint is one of six hospitals in the state to earn this certification. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

McLaren Flint underwent a rigorous onsite review in July of 2016 when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

"By achieving this advanced certification, McLaren Flint has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends McLaren Flint for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

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Meet Deb and Hank Enriquez

When it comes to stroke, even the most subtle signs of its presence should not be ignored. A sudden severe headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, vertigo and visual changes, can all be indications someone is having a stroke, especially if these are not normally experienced by the person. This was the case for Frank Bell, age 59 of Clio.

Once he was discharged from the hospital, Scott only required seven sessions of outpatient therapy to work on some cognitive issues. He knew what he wanted to say but sometimes could not get it out unless someone said the words first.