McLaren Northern Michigan recognized as a top Michigan hospital

McLaren Northern Michigan, part of McLaren Health Care and a CMS 5-star rated hospital, has been recognized by Newsweek as one of the top hospitals in Michigan as part of its America’s Best-In-State Hospitals 2024 list. The inaugural consumer guide list ranks 600 hospitals from across the country, ordering them by state and Washington DC.

McLaren Northern Michigan’s placement on the list ranks it among the top 15 of the state’s 130-plus hospitals.

“Providing high-quality and effective treatment and delivering it in a safe and compassionate environment is Northern’s commitment to our community of patients seeking care,” said Dr. Andrew McDonagh, McLaren Northern Michigan Chief Medical Officer. “The dedication and competence shown by each care team member allows us to fulfil this commitment. It is with this team that we collective share this recognition.”

Hospitals were scored based on recommendations from peers — fellow health care professionals from both in the state and outside of the state, while also not allowing recommendations for one’s employer. Patient experience, quality metrics, and patient outcomes were also weighted and considered in calculating a final ranking score.

“We are fortunate and grateful to have a team of professionals who are so attuned to the needs of the community and eager to provide for them,” said Dr. Justin Klamerus, McLaren Health Care Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. “Rankings and recognitions are never the ultimate goal, though the confidence they provide for our community in knowing it has convenient access to high-quality health care is a benefit unto itself. My sincere congratulations to the team with McLaren Northern Michigan.”

The team at McLaren Northern Michigan has routinely earned recognition for its level of care and service at the hospital throughout 2023. Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital (PINC AI and Fortune)

  • 100 Top Hospitals (PINC AI and Fortune)
  • 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)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award (Healthgrades)
  • 5-star rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

McLaren Northern Michigan also expanded its service offerings in 2023 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.

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