McLaren Central Michigan expands emergency services leadership

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.—McLaren Central Michigan, the leading Mount Pleasant-based healthcare provider routinely recognized for its safety and quality, has expanded its emergency services leadership with the appointment of an emergency department manager and trauma and stroke program coordinator, respectively.

Kelly Hartwell, BSN, RN, as emergency department manager of patient care services will supervise, oversee and direct the care of all patients receiving treatment within the Mount Pleasant ER. As leader, she and her team will work with providers to ensure patients are administered that care in a safe environment, increasing the chances of achieving an enhanced outcome.

With more than 25 years of experience in medicine, Hartwell spent the past 17 years in clinical leadership positions, most recently with McLaren Bay Region in Bay City, where her experienced ranged from managing a cardiac unit to overseeing acute care services, such as trauma, neurology, and cardiac catheterization lab.

Tim Barnes, RN, BSN, CEN, also joins the emergency services team, leading the trauma and stroke programs as its coordinator, in which he will lead patients through the process of their potentially lifesaving care, and that this care is prepared and ready to treat patients at a moment’s notice.

A native of Pennsylvania, Barnes began his medical career in emergency services more than 28 years ago, when he started in the emergency medical services while still in high school, ultimately becoming an emergency medical technician.

Together, Hartwell and Barnes will work to maintain McLaren Central Michigan’s certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission — a hospital certification body — and expand trauma services.

It’s also their shared goal to increase public education through outreach activities covering Stop The Bleed trauma techniques and proper car seat safety, among others.

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About McLaren Central Michigan
McLaren Central Michigan is a 118-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It offers a full range of health and wellness services including primary care, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine and cancer services. McLaren Central Michigan is recognized as an accessible and dependable source of quality medical care for residents of Mount Pleasant, Isabella County and central Michigan. In addition to its medical staff of over 50 active physicians, it is affiliated with more than 150 other quality providers. The hospital is one of the region’s largest employers, with approximately 550 employees and another 100 volunteers. McLaren Central Michigan received the Governor’s Award of Excellence in 2017 and 2019 and is named as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. It is the only hospital in the central Michigan area to receive a Safety “A” grade in the Hospital Safety report in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.