Cardiovascular care at McLaren Macomb earns Blue Distinction Center designation from BCBS

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McLaren Macomb, the 288-bed acute care hospital serving all of Macomb County, has been designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBS) as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® is a directory created to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.

This is a 3-year designation expiring at the end of 2021.

“Patients living with a form of cardiovascular disease or have any issue with their heart may feel scared and vulnerable, and they come to us for help,” said Stacy McDougall, director of cardiovascular services at McLaren Macomb. “Our patients have come to expect first-rate care, and this designation was earned thanks in large part to our exceptional caregivers and physicians who strive to provide that quality care.”

The Blue Distinction Centers program was developed with input from the medical community and evaluates hospitals’ specialty care and their ability to deliver high-quality outcomes. Those centers recognized by the Blue Distinction Centers program “have a proven history of exceptional care and results.”

As stated on the Blue Distinction Center website, by earning the distinction, “these centers demonstrate better quality care, improved patient outcomes, including lower complication rates following certain cardiac procedures.”

A Macomb County leader in cardiovascular care, McLaren Macomb was recently included on the nationwide list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health and is the only hospital in the county performing the minimally invasive TAVR heart valve replacement procedure.

To learn more about cardiovascular care at McLaren Macomb’s Mat Gaberty Heart Center, visit

About McLaren Macomb:
In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became 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 or follow our blog

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.