AHA/ASA recognizes McLaren Macomb stroke program with GOLD PLUS distinction

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—McLaren Macomb, part of the statewide McLaren Stroke Network, has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the proficiency and efficacy in its care of stroke patients. The hospital’s stroke program earned the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLD PLUS and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite achievements for the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of its treatment of patients who have suffered a stroke.

dr aniel majjhoo
Dr. Aniel Majjhoo

Based on up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines set by the AHA/ASA to improve patient care and outcomes, McLaren Macomb earned GOLD PLUS status by complying with quality measurements and adhering to those guidelines for a period of 12 consecutive months. These guidelines include making a timely diagnosis, administering the appropriate medications and providing stroke patients with discharge instructions to address their stroke risk factors.

Additionally, McLaren Macomb earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite recognition for its timeliness in administering IV tPA, a medication to dissolve stroke-causing blood clots.

“This recognition is a testament to the proficiency and expertise of our program, but more so to our commitment to the outcomes of our patients,” said Dr. Aniel Majjhoo, an interventional neurologist and medical director of the McLaren Macomb Neurosciences Institute. “Our staff adhering to established guidelines puts our patients in the position to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes, demonstrating the effectiveness of our practice.”

These achievements represent strides in the program, earning GOLD PLUS in 2019 following 2018’s SILVER PLUS.

Part of the McLaren Stroke Network, McLaren Macomb has routinely earned national recognition for its care, treatment, quality and outcomes. It is the only program in Macomb County capable of performing interventional thrombectomy procedures, the standard of care set by the AHA/ASA’s guidelines.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. McLaren Macomb’s unique program approach allows for 24/7 initial evaluations by an interventional neurologist for all suspected stroke patients and 24/7 neuro intensive care coverage.

To learn more about the stroke program at McLaren Macomb, visit mclaren.org/macombstroke.

About McLaren Macomb

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit mclaren.org/macomb or follow our blog mclaren.org/macombblog.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 85,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving Michigan and Indiana.