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5-Star Hospital Rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
A 5-star rating places McLaren Northern Michigan in the top 2.2% of hospital in the country.


At McLaren Northern Michigan our multidisciplinary teams diagnose and treat a broad range of respiratory disorders, from asthma and emphysema, to lung cancer and sleep apnea. The clinical teams include board-certified pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, sleep technologists, and other specialized personnel who will work hard to improve your quality of living.

When illness or injury affects your ability to breathe, it can be a medical emergency. In the intensive care units at , ventilators, or breathing machines, can temporarily take over the breathing function for patients who have the most severe breathing problems. Most of us will not need such drastic intervention, but at McLaren Northern Michigan, the Pulmonary Medicine Program is helping many patients to breathe easier.

Pulmonologists The heart of our program includes pulmonologists, physicians who specialize in pulmonary medicine. Pulmonologists take care of patients with lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Pulmonary Services

Who can benefit from this program?

Patients with:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Pre and post lung surgery
  • Pre and post lung transplant surgery
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Acute respiratory disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Lung cancer
  • Windpipe and bronchial obstructions
  • And many others

Additional treatments for:

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia (inability to fall asleep)
  • Narcolepsy (inability to stay awake)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Parasomnias ( sleep walking, sleep taking, etc)
  • Sleep terrors, nightmare and others

Early Detection of COPD include:

  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Exercise-induced coughing, dyspnea or wheezing
  • Smokers over 45 years of age (NLHEP recommendation)
  • Obesity
  • Pre-operative testing
  • Occupational exposure to dust and/or documentation of pulmonary disability
  • Asthma diagnosis
  • Pre-existing pulmonary disease
  • Frequent colds
  • Assessment of congestive heart failure

What are the benefits of Pulmonary Treatment?

  • Improved quality of life and increased sense of well-being
  • Decreased shortness of breath
  • Control over breathing pattern
  • Increased strength and endurance
  • Increased knowledge of disease management
  • Decreased anxiety and depression

Our Pulmonary Program at McLaren Northern Michigan

Therapy Strategies

  • Breathing retraining
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Exercise tolerance
  • Panic and anxiety control
  • Education and counseling

Pulmonary Services Videos