McLaren Northern Michigan ranked as the nation’s top medium community hospital, earns additional honors

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McLaren Northern Michigan, the 202-bed, Petoskey-based regional hospital, has been recognized as the top medium community hospital in the country by Fortune/Merative as part of its annual Top 100 Hospitals list. Formerly IBM Watson Health, inclusion on the list signifies a hospital has achieved an overall higher performance when compared against peer hospitals.

Its ranking earns McLaren Northern Michigan a spot on the Top 100 Hospitals list for a third consecutive year. 

“Earning this recognition was made possible only due to our dedicated staff and physicians, who provide outstanding care to our patients each day,” said Todd Burch, president and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. “This entire team sets the bar high and continues to exceed it. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for our hospital and one I’m proud to share with our community, further enhancing their confidence in our organization.” 

Based on its bed size, McLaren Northern Michigan was classified as a medium community hospital. Compared against 767 similarly sized hospitals across the country, rankings were determined based on an organization’s clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial health.

“Being named to this list is particularly notable because it evaluates and measures a wide range of our hospital’s operational aspects,” Burch said.

Additionally, McLaren Northern Michigan earned distinctions specific to its stroke capabilities, recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:

  • Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLD PLUS
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Stroke GOLD PLUS, the Associations’ highest achievable designation, is earned based on a program’s compliance for 24 consecutive months or more with the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines set by the AHA/ASA to improve the care and clinical outcomes of stroke patients.

McLaren Northern Michigan is part of the McLaren Stroke Network, which has routinely earned national recognition for its care, treatment, quality and outcomes, and recently expanded with the addition of leading-edge, AI-powered technology that results in quicker, time-critical treatment decisions for stroke care. 

The fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, 795,000 people suffer a stroke every year — averaging one stroke every 40 seconds. The McLaren Stroke Network provides 24/7 initial evaluations by the interventional neurologists for all suspected-stroke patients, the only program of its kind in the state.