McLaren Oakland Views New SMART Bus Route as Eliminating Barriers to Health Care

McLaren Oakland, which hosts a frequented stop on multiple SMART Bus routes, is pleased to be included on its newly created and announced Route 759. With the route also servicing Auburn Hills, White Lake, and Waterford, it will enhance the community’s access to the level of care provided at McLaren Oakland in Pontiac for those who transportation is barrier to health care.

Tracey Franovich, McLaren Oakland President and CEO

Many members of our Oakland County communities count on our local public transit system as their source of convenient and reliable transportation. For many, though, transportation has been a barrier to them and their ability to access timely and necessary health care.

With this new fixed route and its stop at McLaren Oakland, a convenient and dependable transportation option reaches out further into Oakland County and can bridge the gap many experience when requiring routine medical care and even non-life-threatening emergencies. The stop is right outside our Pontiac emergency department, where patients can check-in online and the wait to be seen is often minutes.

We applaud the addition of this route and its indirect and supplementary achievement of helping to remove a major hurdle experienced by so many in our community when they need care.

This initiative reflects our commitment to improving health care accessibility and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to receive the care they need and will have a significant and positive impact on the overall wellbeing of the community.

View all services at McLaren Oakland at Patients can also view wait times and check into the ER from home at

About McLaren Oakland
McLaren Oakland is a 318-bed hospital that provides primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County, Michigan communities. Founded in 1953, McLaren Oakland has grown to a comprehensive medical community that includes outpatient facilities in Clarkston and Oxford, in addition to an inpatient hospital in Pontiac providing a range of clinical services including emergency and trauma care, cardiology, cancer services, minimally invasive robotic surgery, and orthopedic services. McLaren Oakland offers ACGME accredited residency and fellowship programs in anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, and transitional year, in addition to a CPME accredited podiatry program. 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