McLaren Flint Receives Additional Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency
Long recognized as the area's leading heart and vascular service provider and a Blue Cross Center of Excellence for Cardiac Care...
The Center's sophisticated technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and groundbreaking procedures and treatment, are giving more and more people higher quality of care -- and, in many cases, saving lives, too. From complex invasive and non-invasive heart procedures, to world-class clinical trials, Flint area residents are assured top-notch heart care for life.
McLaren's leading heart and vascular program offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options, including minimally invasive cardiac procedures, robotic-assisted cardiac surgery, as well as research. McLaren Flint is a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care. Additionally, McLaren Flint has a national five star rating for cardiology services. McLaren Flint recently completed an expansion and renovation of its cardiovascular suite, adding two additional state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs, including one for specialized electrophysiology studies. This brings the total number of cardiac cath labs to five. Two new operating rooms dedicated to cardiac surgery were also added in the surgical suite. The cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at McLaren Flint have achieved many "firsts" in the region, utilizing advanced technology. Most recently, McLaren was the first hospital in the region to offer 3-D atrial fibrillation ablation to correct irregular heart rhythm in specific patients. McLaren Flint was also the first hospital in the region to perform multi-vessel off pump coronary artery bypass as well as videoscopic saphenous vein harvesting. McLaren was also a leader in offering minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. One of our world-renowned cardiac surgeons was the first in the region to perform the MAZE procedure, a surgical option to treat atrial fibrillation. This cardiac surgeon also performed Michigan’s first "awake" coronary artery bypass surgery. Along with expertise in the cardiac arena, McLaren also excels in vascular care. A nationally renowned group of vascular surgeons offer the latest treatment and technology in the area of vascular surgery to patients at McLaren Flint. This group of vascular surgeons was among a select few in the nation chosen for participation in five different clinical trials involving an advanced carotid stenting procedure. McLaren is the only area hospital working with these surgeons in the implementation of these clinical trials.
Innovations mastered at McLaren's cardiac center of excellence include:
Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (OPCAB)
Endoscopic vein harvesting
Endovascular stent grafting
Both OPCAB and endoscopic vein harvesting procedures lead to faster recovery, less trauma, and improved quality of life. Endoscopic stent grafting is a minimally-invasive procedure for repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
From the routine to the complex, area residents and their families confidently entrust their heart and vascular health to the highly-experienced and expert team of surgeons, cardiologists and clinicians and McLaren Flint.