McLaren Northern Michigan Wins 2022 ECRI Award of Excellence for Integration of Patient Care Technologies

“As the largest patient safety organization in the country, ECRI places great value on initiatives that put patients and innovation at the center of healthcare,” says Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, ECRI. “For these reasons, we are pleased to honor McLaren Northern Michigan for its pioneering achievements.”

The winning submission outlined the regional hospital’s expansion plan to build 200 private patient rooms, a range of clinical care areas, as well as pharmacy and sterile processing services. More than new physical spaces, the addition was designed to create the safest and most advanced integrated patient experience.

This objective required the involvement of a wide range of suppliers, including companies that provide high quality solutions in specific areas of expertise, namely nurse call, patient monitoring, staff communications , Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Real Time Location System (RTLS), Patient Safety, Virtual Nursing, Patient Education, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and Interaction and patient entertainment.

“We thought long and hard about what technologies would be used in these spaces, how those technologies would interact with each other, and what implementation steps were needed to ensure the technologies worked well together,” said Rich reamerregional director of clinical engineering at McLaren Health Care.

To succeed with its clinician/patient-centric vision, McLaren needed to select product solutions that used open architecture as well as vendors that would collaborate to connect different systems. The first meeting with the suppliers was a crucial first step. Together, they developed an integrated system offering nine total systems operating either in full integration or in support of safety and quality outcomes for hospital patients.

“In many ways, creating a healing environment is just as important as treating and caring for our patients,” said Chad Grant, COO of McLaren Health Care. “The innovation and follow-through shown by the McLaren team in Northern Michigan to develop and implement these technologies was truly remarkable and deserved this recognition, and it confirms our forward-thinking mentality in developing a people-centric experience. the patient in our facilities.”

ECRI has received applications from hospitals in United Statesas well as internationally, including Colombia, India, Pakistan, New Zealandand Canada. For more information on the McLaren Northern Michigan initiative, see The Health Technology Excellence Award: Recognition of Outstanding Health Technology Management.

To find out more about ECRI, visit or email [email protected].

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About ECRI
ECRI is an independent, non-profit organization that improves the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of care in all healthcare settings. Focused on health technology and security solutions, ECRI is respected and trusted by healthcare leaders and agencies around the world. For more than fifty years, ECRI has built its reputation on integrity and disciplined rigor, with an unwavering commitment to independence and strict rules on conflicts of interest.

ECRI is the only organization in the world to carry out independent evaluations of medical devices, with laboratories located in North America and Asia Pacific. ECRI is designated a Center for Evidence-Based Practice by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices PSO is a federally certified patient safety organization designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) officially became an affiliate of ECRI in 2020. Visit and follow @ECRI_Org

About McLaren Northern Michigan
McLaren Northern Michigan is a 202-bed regional hospital located in Petoskey, MI serving residents of 22 counties in northern Lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula. More than 230 physicians represent nearly all medical and surgical specialties, enabling comprehensive care with an emphasis on cardiology, cancer, orthopedics, and neuroscience. McLaren Northern Michigan has a network of primary care providers and specialty care clinics throughout the region, as well as an outpatient surgery center in Cheboygan. It has earned Magnet® status for nursing excellence, was named one of the Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals in the United States by IBM/Watson Health, and received top national ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for quality and security.

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Great White, Michiganis a $6 billion, a fully integrated healthcare delivery system committed to quality, evidence-based, cost-effective patient care. The McLaren system includes 15 hospitals in Michigan and Ohiooutpatient surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member network of primary and specialty care physicians, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 588,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health care, infusion and palliative care providers, pharmacy services, a network of clinical laboratories and a wholly-owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates from michigan the largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of 51 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Learn more


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