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    The McLaren Center for Research and Innovation organized the participation of three Michigan-based McLaren Health Care hospitals in a nationwide clinical trial that resulted in a new standard of care for patients with severe COVID-19 to avoid dangerous blood clots. A comprehensive program facilitating McLaren Health Care’s participation in clinical trials, the McLaren Center for Research and Innovation began its participation in the COVID-PACT study in November 2020, resulting in its outcomes being publ...

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    We wanted to share a few of the ways McLaren Flint leadership, physicians, medical residents and fellows, and clinical and support staff are sharing their knowledge and skills to promote better health and well-being throughout Flint and Genesee County. These community connections come from a desire to make a difference in the health of all residents, no matter their age. Our Vision: McLaren Flint will be the recognized leader and preferred provider of primary and specialty healthcare services to the com...

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    Joe Serra is not ready to slow down. He loves going to work, spending time with those who work alongside him, and seeing new and long-time customers. He is a second-generation automotive dealership owner, following in his father Al’s footsteps. His family’s love of the business came naturally.      As he approached middle age, he discovered he had something else in common with his father: genetic heart disease that would force him to take unwanted downtime on two occasions, nine years apa...

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    More than 16 million Americans live with COPD, but it can be managed. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of death by disease in the United States, with more than 16 million people living with a diagnosis — and millions more who have not yet been diagnosed. With COPD, the airways in your lungs are blocked (or “obstructed”), making it difficult to breathe, worsening with exertion. There is no cure for COPD, but it can be managed and treated. Through medications, oxy...

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    With Thanksgiving just behind us, and Christmas and other holiday get togethers on the way over the next few weeks, sugary drinks, high carbohydrate foods, and desserts will be all around us. If you have diabetes, you know this all too well. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Your body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar and releases it into your bloodstream. Whe n your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin, wh...

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    RSV: A fall surge

    When compared to previous years, the current surge in RSV cases has been significantly more severe, grabbing headlines as it causes infant children to become hospitalized, filling the state’s pediatric beds. Respiratory syncytial virus, RSV, is not a virus that’s new, or “novel” — this is a virus that routinely spreads during the fall and winter months, resulting in cold/flu-like symptoms and, maybe, a trip to the doctor. This year, however, many factors have led to an increased spread and surge of RSV,...

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    The Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb, which recently celebrated 10 years of providing life-changing weight loss surgery, has earned re-accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as a Comprehensive Center. Under the direction of surgeon and medical director Dr. Carl Pesta, the institute was initially accredited in 2015, earning re-accreditation in 2018. “The disease of obesity is at an all-time high, with surgical weight loss surgery ...

  • McLaren Health Plan has reached an agreement with Henry Ford Health that allows McLaren Health Plan Medicare and Medicaid members to seek services from Henry Ford Health hospitals and health care professionals. The new agreement adds Henry Ford Health hospitals located in Detroit, Jackson, Macomb, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte, and nearly 6,000 physicians from Henry Ford Medical Group, Henry Ford Physician Network and Jackson Health Network. “We are thrilled to offer expanded access to health care servi...

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    "I have the opportunity to enter a patients’ life and their families lives in one of the most intimate and difficult times, and to be someone that can help them find some peace, some comfort, some resolution. Even bring some joy during that time. That’s the greatest honor I have as a chaplain."     Dr. Brandon Hempel was a pastor for nearly two decades before he began his journey as a hospice chaplain. Now, he’s nearly five years into a career with McLaren Hospice and has achieved his Board Ce...

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    "We want others around us to know the white ribbon symbolizes many things but most importantly means we are not in this alone."     It was November 2020 when Andy Wise developed a cough and shortness of breath and started suffering from daily headaches and a lack of energy. It was the peak of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and Andy thought that he may have contracted the coronavirus. As the days went on, Andy’s spouse, Cassandra Wise, became concerned. He wasn’t getting better, and in fact, tas...