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Barton P. Buxton named president and CEO of McLaren Oakland

Published on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PONTIAC, Mich.—Barton P. Buxton, EdD, has accepted the position of President and CEO of McLaren Oakland, the 328-bed Pontiac-based medical center. Assuming the role Feb. 20, 2017, Buxton has served as President and CEO of McLaren Lapeer Region since December 2003.

Barton Buxton

The position became vacant in December 2016 after previous President and CEO Chad Grant accepted the same position at McLaren Flint.

“McLaren Oakland has established itself as a high quality healthcare provider and asset to its community,” Buxton said. “It’s an exciting opportunity to join this team and I’m eagerly looking forward to working with its leadership to further this reputation.”

This position also includes administrative responsibilities of McLaren Clarkston.

During his tenure at McLaren Lapeer Region, Buxton elevated the clinical quality and financial performance of the organization and transformed a community hospital into a regional destination for quality healthcare. In 2014, he was given the additional responsibility of managing the McLaren Homecare Group.

Prior to joining McLaren, Buxton served as Chief Operating Officer of the 290-bed Crittenton Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) in Rochester, Michigan. During his tenure, he led a turn-around of the community hospital, which included a 9 percent increase in admissions over a two-year period and achieving their highest-ever quality standards score.

He earned his undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Virginia.

Buxton has held several positions with nationally-recognized health care programs, including Associate Vice President of Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in Louisiana, Associate Professor and Sports Medicine Program Director at Georgia Southern University and Associate Professor and Sports Medicine Program Director at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.


About McLaren Oakland
McLaren Oakland is a 328-bed medical center that provides primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County community. Founded in 1953, McLaren Oakland has grown to a comprehensive medical community that includes outpatient facilities in Clarkston and Oxford, as well as an inpatient hospital providing a range of clinical services including emergency and trauma care, cardiology, cancer services, minimally invasive robotic surgery and orthopedic services. With a network of more than 300 physicians, McLaren Oakland owns a network of employed physician offices throughout Oakland County and a nursing home in Lake Orion. McLaren Oakland is a verified trauma center and an accredited stroke center. To learn more, visit

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care Corporation, headquartered in Flint, MI, is a fully integrated health network, committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering over 250,000 lives, home health care and hospice, durable medical equipment, retail pharmacy services, and a wholly-owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates the state’s largest network of cancer centers and providers anchored by Karmanos Cancer Institute - one of only two NCI-designated cancer centers in the state. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 37,500 individual providers in its state-wide provider network. Learn more at