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McLaren Earns National Research Accredidation

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FLINT, Mich.—McLaren Health Care has earned full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). It’s a major milestone for McLaren’s research community, according to Lana Gevorkyan, corporate director of McLaren's Human Research Protections Program.

"AAHRPP provides tangible evidence that the McLaren system is committed to maintaining the highest standards for research by protecting the rights and welfare of our research participants,” she said.

The primary purpose of AAHRPP accreditation is to strengthen protections for research participants in order to build public trust and confidence in research.

Included in the McLaren accreditation are all of its medical centers throughout the state – in Bay City, Flint, Lapeer, Lansing, Mount Clemens, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey and Pontiac – and McLaren Cancer Institute headquartered in Burton, Mich.

"AAHRPP accreditation signifies an organization's commitment to the highest level of research protections—all to the benefit of the research participants we are pledged to protect," said Elyse Summers, AAHRPP president and CEO.

The institutional official for McLaren’s research and its human research protections program is Alice Gerard, McLaren Bay Region president and CEO.

Gevorkyan credits many others in the McLaren system for the successful accreditation application, including the HRPP staff, members of the corporate compliance department, legal council and institutional review board, leaders in the pharmacy team throughout the corporation, researchers, research staff and other representatives of McLaren’s research community.

Gevorkyan said, "We will continue to enhance the human research protection program by ensuring regulatory compliance while minimizing administrative burdens, by strengthening protections for our participants and through quality-improvement initiatives designed to facilitate research.”

AAHRPP accreditation is available to U.S. and international organizations that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences research involving human participants.


A nonprofit organization, AAHRPP provides accreditation for organizations that conduct human research and can demonstrate that its protections exceed the safeguards required by the U.S. government. To learn more, visit

About McLaren Health Care

With headquarters in Flint, Mich., McLaren Health Care is annually recognized as one of the top integrated health networks in the nation. McLaren is one of the largest health care providers in the state with a system that reaches more than half of Michigan residents through more than 200 locations, 17,400 employees and 21,000 network physicians. McLaren Health Care had net revenues of $2.5 billion in 2012 and has achieved double-digit growth each year since 1989. The nonprofit system includes medical centers in Bay City, Flint, Lapeer, Lansing, Mount Clemens, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey and Pontiac. Additional health care services are provided at McLaren Clarkston; McLaren Bay Special Care in Bay City; McLaren Orthopedic Hospital in Lansing; and McLaren Proton Therapy Center in Flint . McLaren Health Care also operates McLaren Medical Group, an employed physician network; McLaren Homecare Group, an award-winning home health, hospice and medical supplies provider; McLaren Health Plan, a licensed HMO offering benefit plans for commercial businesses and Medicaid recipients; and McLaren Cancer Institute, the largest cancer care network of its kind in the state. For more information, visit

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