McLaren Central Michigan recognized for excellence in maternity care

McLaren Central Michigan, part of McLaren Health Care and a 5-star rated hospital by CMS, has earned additional honors recognizing its maternity care for mothers giving birth.

As a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care, the team at the McLaren Central Michigan Family Birthing Center has demonstrated “excellence” and “commitment to quality” when delivering newborns and provides “better overall patient satisfaction.”

McLaren Central Michigan also earned a PLATINUM designation from the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health. The organization’s highest achievable honor, the designation recognizes labor and delivery programs that have safety processes and procedures in place to combat the leading causes of maternal mortality, which include severe hypertension and hemorrhage.

“With the birth of a child, attention to detail is paramount in order to achieve that moment when a delighted family gets to hold their healthy newborn,” said Jeannie Sage, McLaren Central Michigan Chief Nursing Officer. “We are grateful to mothers and families who continue to put their trust in our care, and, with the affirmation provided by these recognitions, our team remains firmly committed to providing the same level of high-quality care to each and every patient.”

Featuring a team of OB/GYNs with advanced labor and deliver rooms and private postpartum patient rooms for families to spend their first moments together, the McLaren Central Michigan Family Birthing Center delivers approximately 400 babies every year.

“Many women across the country struggle to access the level of maternity care they require, and it is with purposeful, focused effort that we ensure all mothers are cared for in a safe environment,” said Dr. Brian Tesler, an OB/GYN and McLaren Health Care Chief Medical Director of Women’s Health. “Building trust with a community is essential for a provider, and I commend the team at the McLaren Central Michigan Family Birthplace for these achievements.”

Adds Michelle Walton, a nurse on the hospital’s Obstetrics Initiative Committee, “Good patient outcomes and experiences are our number one priority, and the nursing staff and doctors work together to provide the best care possible for all patients.”

To learn more about giving birth at the McLaren Central Michigan Family Birthing Center, visit

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 and 2020. Learn more at

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a $6.6 billion, fully integrated health care delivery system committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 13 hospitals in Michigan, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 732,838 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health, infusion and hospice providers, pharmacy services, a clinical laboratory network and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 28,000 full-, part-time and contracted employees and more than 113,000 network providers throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Learn more at