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Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Published on Thursday, February 28, 2019

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McLaren Northern Michigan is proud to have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

McLaren Northern Michigan underwent a rigorous onsite review on December 10, 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.


“We congratulate McLaren Northern Michigan for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines McLaren Northern Michigan has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”


“The Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification highlights the exceptional stroke care we provide to our patients and surrounding communities,” stated Jennifer Woods, Interim CEO for McLaren Northern Michigan. “We strive to advance our care even further each and every day.”


Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.


Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.