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New AHA stroke guidelines reinforce McLaren Stroke Network practice; support thrombectomy up to 24 hours

New guidelines include evidence supporting that patients can benefit from a thrombectomy for up to 24 hours and still achieve enhanced, 1A outcomes. Previous guidelines suggested six hours.

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McLaren Bay Region’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Earned Three-Year Accreditation by CARF
McLaren Bay Region’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program has earned a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for its Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for Adults and as a Stroke Specialty Program. This award is the hospital’s ninth consecutive three-year accreditation.


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Neurointensivist Adds to Stroke Continuum of Care

Gregory Norris, MD, neurointensivist, is adding a critical component to the continuum of care provided to patients of the McLaren Stroke Network.

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McLaren Pursues Neuroscience Research

Dr. Aniel Majjhoo, interventional neurologist, is a principal investigator for the STRATIS clinical registry, which refers to the Systematic Evaluation of Patients Treated with Neurothrombectomy Devices for Acute Ischemic Stroke (STRATIS).

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McLaren Bay Region Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

McLaren Bay Region 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.

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Interventional neurologist, Aniel Majjhoo, MD, utilizes telemedicine technology to provide bedside consultation with a stroke patient and clinician.

McLaren Stroke Network

McLaren Health Care's telemedicine service provides patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24/7 access to highly specialized interventional neurologists who can provide advanced therapies for patients with strokes and aneurysms. The McLaren Stroke Network is the only program in Michigan- and one of only a handful in the nation- where every stroke patient is seen by a stroke trained interventional neurologist in minutes...any time of the day or night.

As part of the McLaren Stroke Network, interventional neurologists utilize a telemedicine “robot” to provide consultative services within minutes of notification by onsite emergency and in house physicians. The TeleStroke System allows the interventional neurologist to beam in to the patient’s bedside from a remote location and assess the patient, review CT scan images and discuss best options for the patient with onsite physicians and the patient’s family. Nine of the hospitals across the McLaren system have installed this telemedicine technology in their emergency department, ensuring that patients have access to rapid decision-making for treatment during the critical period following onset of stroke symptoms. This technology assures that clinical therapies such as clot removal and clot busting drugs can be applied quickly and effectively, resulting in better outcomes for the patient in regaining blood flow to affected areas in the brain, thus minimizing long term disability.

Click here to learn more about McLaren Stroke Network.


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 Bay Region

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For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. Even short delays in treatment can change a patient's future or even claim a life. That's why immediate, focused, and expert care for stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) is essential to a community. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, McLaren Bay Region is among the best of the best in stroke care.

One requirement to maintain Primary Stroke Center status is to provide the most advanced treatment and highest expertise. For example, for appropriate patients, McLaren Bay Region administers TPA-the only FDA-approved drug to treat blood clots in the brain. Although the lifesaving drug is typically given in hospitals through an IV, McLaren Bay Region has the capability of providing intra-arterial TPA. That is, the drug is injected directly into the blood clot in the brain. This delicate procedure can only be performed by a specially trained neurointerventionalist.

"TPA is an extremely effective drug, but it can only be given within two to four hours after the first sign of stroke," explains Szafranski. "By having a trained neurointerventionalist on staff at McLaren Bay Region who can perform this procedure, we expand treatment time to about six hours." In addition, the hospital has a fellowship-trained stroke neurologist, with advanced knowledge and training in stroke treatment. This increases the level of expert care.

"Not every hospital can be a designated Primary Stroke Center," says Szafranski. "We are proud to offer this level of excellence in stroke care to patients in the surrounding area."