McLaren Oakland earns HFAP Primary Stroke Certification

HFAP certificationPONTIAC, Mich.—McLaren Oakland, the 328-bed medical center in Pontiac, has earned the Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), serving as a notice that the health care provider has the capacity to treat acute stroke patients. HFAP is the nation’s only accreditation program that certifies the full stroke continuum.

The 3-year certification became effective starting Sept. 26 after a rigorous and extensive survey of the hospital and its capabilities in August.

“We have a dedicated, very hard-working team and this certification is a symbol of their commitment to providing the best possible care,” said Karen Hanley, RN, clinical coordinator for the McLaren Oakland stroke program. “For our program’s exceptional clinical care endorsed by a reputable national organization is a special honor and shared amongst our entire team.”

To achieve this certification, McLaren Oakland had to meet exacting standards, including having access to a neurologist 24/7, a dedicated stroke team bedside within 5 minutes, a designated stroke unit and the availability of neurosurgical expertise.

The fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year. On average, there is one stroke every 40 seconds. McLaren Oakland, part of the McLaren Stroke Network, provides 24/7 initial evaluations by specially trained interventional neurologists for all suspected-stroke patients, the only such program in Michigan. This is achieved any time of the day or night via TeleStroke, telemedicine technology allowing the physician to be in the room from a remote location.

To learn more about the stroke program at McLaren Oakland, visit

About McLaren Oakland
McLaren Oakland is a 328-bed medical center that provides primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County community. Founded in 1953, McLaren Oakland has grown to a comprehensive medical community that includes outpatient facilities in Clarkston and Oxford, as well as an inpatient hospital providing a range of clinical services including emergency and trauma care, cardiology, cancer services, minimally invasive robotic surgery and orthopedic services. With a network of more than 300 physicians, McLaren Oakland owns a network of employed physician offices throughout Oakland County and a nursing home in Lake Orion. McLaren Oakland is a verified trauma center and an accredited stroke center. To learn more, visit

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care Corporation, headquartered in Flint, MI, is a fully integrated health network, committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering over 250,000 lives, home health care and hospice, durable medical equipment, retail pharmacy services, and a wholly-owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates the state’s largest network of cancer centers and providers anchored by Karmanos Cancer Institute - one of only two NCI-designated cancer centers in the state. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 37,500 individual providers in its state-wide provider network. Learn more at