McLaren Bay Special Care earns ‘Gold Seal’ Accreditation from The Joint Commission

BAY CITY, Mich.—McLaren Bay Special Care, the 31-bed long-term acute care hospital serving the entire Great Lakes Bay Region, has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Comprehensive Accreditation from The Joint Commission. This achievement is symbolic of the exceptional level of quality and safe care provided within the facility, and the hospital’s continuous compliance to these high standards.

The three-year accreditation was earned following a thorough, rigorous, and unannounced onsite survey in which evaluators reviewed several areas and operations, including emergency management, environment of care, and infection prevention and control, among others.

“The true benefit of this accreditation is for our patients and their families and the measure of confidence they can all have in the safety and care being provided within our facility,” said Jeffrey Robinson, president and CEO of McLaren Bay Special Care. “This distinction is the direct results of the efforts of so many of our staff, who have established and maintained this superior level of care every day. This validates those efforts, and, as an organization, we’re incredibly proud of this achievement.”

As a long-term acute care hospital, McLaren Bay Special Care’s focus is on the care and treatment of patients with complex medical needs requiring admission for 25 days or more, including those in its ventilator weaning program.

“For patients with medical needs requiring extended inpatient care, their focus should be on their health and ultimate recovery, and their trust in their providers and caregivers,” said Chad Grant, McLaren Health Care chief operating officer. “Holding themselves to a high standard of patient-centric care, the team earning this accreditation boosts and solidifies the trust patients and the region can have in this facility.”

A specialized and multidisciplinary program unique to the region, pulmonologists oversee the four-bed ventilator weaning program as medical directors and customize care to meet every patient’s individualized needs. Essential when patients cannot breathe on their own, many patients need close monitoring when being weaned off extended ventilator use, which increases the risk of infection and other complications.

“We commend McLaren Bay Special Care for its commitment to advance safety and quality for all patients,” said Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president of accreditation and certification operations for The Joint Commission.

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About McLaren Bay Special Care
McLaren Bay Special Care is a 31-bed long-term acute care hospital located in Bay City, Michigan specializing in the care and treatment of patients with complex medical needs, including a ventilator weaning program, that require lengths of stay greater than 25 days. The experienced staff are highly trained and use a team approach to provide intensive, individualized treatment. The hospital is licensed by the Michigan Department of Community Health and is accredited by The Joint Commission. Learn more at

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 13 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 630,000 lives, 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 centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 52,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula.