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  • Port Huron, MI – Ron Akred has been named McLaren Port Huron’s Employee of the Month for March. Akred has worked at McLaren Port Huron for a year in Care Management. Akred was nominated by his peers because he lives the hospital values every day. He is very passionate about working with patients. He makes every patient feel like he works only for them, taking a personal interest in their cases. He optimizes patient advocacy, making sure, even in difficult situations, the patient’s best interests are bei...

  • Caro, MI – McLaren Caro Region (MCR) is pleased to announce that their Laboratory Department has received their Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification from the State of Michigan. Inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came onsite and spent an entire day interviewing the department, reviewing policies and procedures, verifying quality controls, and making sure all employees are up-to-date on education and credentials. The objective of the CLIA progra...

  • Many Ribbons Project

    McLaren Northern Michigan has witnessed an incredible outpouring of support every day from the community for our health care heroes. “We appreciate how the community is encouraging our team during this pandemic,” stated Catherine Dewey, Public Information Officer at McLaren Northern Michigan. “We are seeking the community’s support in establishing the Many Ribbons Project to show their support.” McLaren Northern Michigan is asking the community to tie ribbons of any color on trees or mailboxes or hang t...

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    High Five Spirits Distillery of Petoskey, which is widely known for its Gypsy Vodka, has halted production of vodka to focus on producing hand sanitizer for McLaren Northern Michigan. “We have been following the COVID-19 pandemic for a few months, so as soon as we got the call from the hospital, we knew it was our duty to our community and state to get involved,” said High Five Spirits, Director of Operations, Michael Kolkmeyer. Todd Burch, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Northern Michigan, reached o...

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    Over the past four weeks, the McLaren Northern Michigan team has collectively spent thousands of hours preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic to reach our northern Michigan community. Although the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in northern Michigan remains low, the team at McLaren Northern Michigan is actively preparing for an influx of COVID-19 positive patients within the coming days and weeks. Right now, this is the calm before the storm in northern Michigan “Right now, this is the calm before th...

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    McLaren Northern Michigan has expanded telehealth capabilities for patients in our community. With social distancing and stay at home measures put in place, McLaren Northern Michigan clinicians have been seeking innovative ways to respond to patient needs. Clinicians have worked closely with McLaren Health Care to adapt existing telehealth technology to allow them to continue serving regularly scheduled clinic patients.  In 2019 McLaren Health Care launched the McLarenNow app to allow consumers to s...

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    A Facebook post by Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis triggered McLaren Northern Michigan to reach out to understand their capabilities to manufacture Face Shields for the protection of patients and employees. It began on March 18, 2020, when the McLaren Northern Michigan COVID-19 preparedness team was discussing manufacturers in the area and how they might be able to make needed products. Shaggy’s Facebook post was discussed and a call was placed. “All of the pieces came together quickly. When we called the ...

  • The PGA TOUR made the announcement on March 17 that due to the ongoing health crisis related to COVID-19, all PGA TOUR Champions events through the week of May 10 have been postponed or canceled. Furthermore, the PGA of America has postponed the PGA Championship (May 14-17) for a date later this year, to be announced. As a result of this news, we wanted to provide an update regarding The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren’s 2020 playing, scheduled for July 27 – August 2. First and foremost, the health ...

  • On March 22, McLaren Northern Michigan received a presumptive positive COVID-19 result from the Michigan State Lab for a patient on our COVID isolation unit. The isolation unit was started on March 13 and this patient was admitted to the unit on March 17. This first positive result reinforces the reasons McLaren Northern Michigan acted quickly in putting together processes and procedures that will protect our employees, patients, and community. “In our preparation we have implemented proper training for...

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    Over the past five days, Petoskey Plastics, a northern Michigan manufacturing company, has worked with McLaren Health Care to develop and approve a prototype for a hospital isolation gown. On Friday, March 20, Petoskey Plastics received design approval and will begin manufacturing 10,000 gowns per day at their Petoskey plant to supply McLaren Health Care hospitals across the state of Michigan. Petoskey Plastics has a long history of supporting McLaren Northern Michigan patients and has generously suppor...