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McLaren Northern Michigan Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

primary stroke center awardMcLaren Northern Michigan announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

McLaren Northern Michigan underwent a rigorous onsite review on December 5, 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.

“McLaren Northern Michigan has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend McLaren Northern Michigan for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“McLaren Northern Michigan is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added David Zechman, President & CEO at McLaren Northern Michigan. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that keep us at the forefront of stroke care.”

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.