McLaren Northern Michigan earns CMS 5-star rating, ranks among top 10% of nation’s hospitals

McLaren Northern Michigan, part of McLaren Health Care and northern Michigan’s leading regional health care provider, has earned a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This highest achievable rating signifies the exceptional level of quality and safe care provided within the hospital and through its outpatient facilities located throughout northern Michigan.

Across the country, 483 hospitals earned a 5-star CMS rating, representing 10.4 percent of all US hospitals, placing McLaren Northern Michigan among the top hospitals in Michigan and the nation.

“Recognitions and achievements of this prominence are not ones earned by the work of an individual or a small group, but rather through the collective dedication and commitment of the entire team,” said Chad Grant, McLaren Health Care Chief Operating Officer and McLaren Northern Michigan interim President and CEO. “Our sincere thanks and congratulations to our clinical, operational, and support staffs for their devotion to those who count on us.”

An influential and distinguished health care consumer guide, CMS’s annual star rating is developed following evaluation of all hospitals across the country and their performance in key care metrics, indicating the overall level of safe, quality, and proficient clinical care provided by the organization.

Hospital metrics factored into star ratings include mortality, safety of care, readmission rate, patient experience, and timely and effective care.

“This is a team whose focus on quality and safety, and whose passion to care for its community are foundational,” said Dr. Justin Klamerus, McLaren Health Care Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. “To have earned a distinction that places this team and its care among the nation’s top hospitals shows that those attributes are hardwired into the culture of this organization and validates our team’s efforts to enhance its level of care.”

Its 5-star rating from CMS is the latest in a succession of distinctions recognizing McLaren Northern Michigan for its high-quality care, earning over the past year:

  • Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital (PINC AI and Fortune)
  • Top Medium Community Hospital in the Country (Fortune/Merative)
  • Get With the Guidelines – Stroke GOLD PLUS and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus (American Heart Association/American Stroke Association)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care (Healthgrades)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention (Healthgrades)
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award (Healthgrades)

McLaren Northern Michigan also recently expanded its service offerings with the opening of the Justin A. Borra Behavioral Health Center at its Cheboygan Campus, addressing a significant need for behavioral health services in the region.

Mount Pleasant-based McLaren Central Michigan, a sister hospital to McLaren Northern Michigan and part of McLaren Health Care, also earned a 5-star CMS rating.

Learn more about all services offered to the region through McLaren Northern Michigan at

About McLaren Northern Michigan
McLaren Northern Michigan is a 202-bed regional referral center located in Petoskey, serving residents in 22 counties across northern Lower Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. More than 230 physicians represent nearly all medical and surgical specialties, enabling full-service care with an emphasis on cardiology, cancer, orthopedics and neurosciences. McLaren Northern Michigan is a certified Primary Stroke Center, as designated by the Joint Commission. The hospital has a network of primary care providers and specialty care clinics throughout the region, and an outpatient surgery center in Cheboygan. 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 14 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, one of only 53 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