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July 25, 2013

U.S. News & World Report recognizes McLaren

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

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U.S. News & World Report recognizes McLaren
McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the state.

MOUNT CLEMENS — McLaren Macomb has made the grade as one of Michigan’s best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The national publication has named the Mount Clemens hospital one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in the Detroit metro area and in Michigan. Now in its 24th year, the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

McLaren Macomb also ranked as high performing in the specialties of pulmonology, urology, neurology and neurosurgery.

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow in a prepared statement. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became a part of the McLaren Health Care system in 2006 and officially changed its name to McLaren Macomb in January 2012.

Located on Harrington, McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital with more than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees, said media representative Diane Kish. The hospital was re-verified in May as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, but also offers a full gamut of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care.

“We are extremely proud of McLaren Macomb’s designation as a Best Hospital,” said Mark O’Halla, McLaren Macomb president and CEO. “This honor speaks to the great care and teamwork provided by our physicians, nurses and staff.”

U.S. News publishes a Best Hospitals list to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age, according to a press release. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/ best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.