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McLaren Oakland earns 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence

Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
PONTIAC, Mich.—McLaren Oakland, the 328-bed Pontiac-based hospital, has earned the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence by MPRO, a nonprofit organization and national leader in healthcare quality improvement and medical review. Michigan’s preeminent healthcare quality improvement organization, MPRO’s Governor’s Award of Excellence recognizes healthcare facilities for their dedication and success in improving quality and patient safety.

To earn the Governor’s Award of Excellence, healthcare facilities must achieve, maintain and continually improve in specific quality and patient metrics.

“Patients in our facility deserve the highest quality care in the safest environment,” said Bart Buxton, president and CEO of McLaren Oakland. “That’s our goal for every patient, every day. This recognition is a tribute to our entire staff who share that goal and work tirelessly to ensure it is achieved.”

The Governor’s Award of Excellence was first awarded in 2003, with the 2017 award based on work from 2015-2016 in various areas, which include improved heart health, lowering risk of infections in hospitals, improving diabetes management and more.

“We are fortunate to be able to partner with McLaren Oakland and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” Leland Babitch, MD, MBA, MPRO president and CEO, said in a statement. “To be able to recognize these outstanding accomplishments with the Governor’s office highlights the importance of improving healthcare quality in our state.”

This year’s list of Governor’s Award for Excellence include hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies and others.

To learn more about the care and services provided by McLaren Oakland, visit

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