Leading Through Team Medicine

At Sparrow, we are committed to the idea that the future of healthcare lies in creating a collaborative, coordinated network of Physicians, facilities, and providers across the care continuum, who utilize evidence-based best practices to deliver high quality, Patient-centered care efficiently and conveniently. By building Sparrow Health System, we are building the future of healthcare for the people and communities of mid-Michigan.

Sparrow Physician

Sparrow Physicians

More than 950 Physicians lead Sparrow Health System’s mission to improve the health of the people of mid-Michigan. As the region’s leader in delivering care, Sparrow attracts primary care and specialty care Physicians who have outstanding credentials and have trained at leading medical centers. Our Physicians also feel a deep personal responsibility to help educate and train the next generation of Physicians, and to preserve the core legacy of what it means to be a healer. By continually striving for excellence, our Physicians and Caregivers truly embody the Sparrow Way, which leads us to define, document, deploy and adhere to the Patient-centered, evidence-based best practices that enable us to deliver national benchmark-level outcomes on a consistent and sustainable basis.

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Sparrow Care Network

Sparrow Care Network (SCN) is a clinically integrated network led by over 600 Physicians who understand that Patients’ needs always come first. By establishing a rigorous and comprehensive set of quality initiatives, the Sparrow Care Network emphasizes and rewards value, ensuring that Patients receive the best possible care at the lowest possible cost. Thanks to the dedication and leadership of SCN Physicians, Sparrow received the Transformation Award in Value Based Care by the Advisory Board – a nationwide recognition for innovative, Patient-centered initiatives that improve care quality and the health of the community while lowering costs.

Sparrow Medical Group

Sparrow Medical Group

The award-winning team of Physicians and Caregivers at Sparrow Medical Group provides exceptional primary and specialty care for every stage of our Patients’ lives. Our SMG practices are conveniently located throughout the mid-Michigan region, leading the way in Sparrow’s effort to transform care and expand access throughout the area.

The many awards earned each year by SMG practices and Physicians are a measure of excellence that is unsurpassed in the region. Each year, the list grows for the number of SMG practices designated as Patient Centered Medical Homes by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), a nationally recognized certification that represents how effectively primary care clinicians and an interdisciplinary team of caregivers work in partnership with Patients to provide comprehensive, coordinated, Patient-centered care.

Accolades from other nationally recognized health care authorities range from the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Every SMG Physician and practice is helping to fulfill Sparrow’s mission to provide quality, compassionate care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay, as close to home as possible.

Sparrow FastCare/Urgent Care

Sparrow FastCare/Urgent Care

Consistent with our mission, Sparrow is continually reimagining and expanding the model for providing convenient, affordable health care services.

Sparrow FastCare is the first new treatment option of its kind in the mid-Michigan region, offering a more affordable choice for basic medical services and common, non-life-threatening conditions, with care provided by Sparrow Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Two Sparrow FastCare locations opened in 2015, with two planned for 2016.

Sparrow Urgent Care clinics provide the next level of care, when you need to see a Physician but it’s not serious enough for a hospital emergency room. Sparrow Urgent Care clinics are located throughout the mid-Michigan region, offering a network of care everywhere our Patients need it most.

By offering these and other options that make healthcare more convenient and affordable, Sparrow is transforming care in our region.

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Award-Winning Services and Specialties

Sparrow offers the full range of medical services you’ve come to expect from mid-Michigan’s leading health care provider. From Bariatric and Weight Management Services to our Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic, Sparrow offers the most modern and comprehensive facilities in the region. Our highly skilled teams of Caregivers are working together to transform care, implement best practices, and deliver nationally recognized care.

The Multi-Disciplinary Breast Clinic at Sparrow Cancer Center is nationally accredited as a Breast Center of Excellence, thanks in part to its innovative, award-winning Breast Health Nurse Navigator program.

The Sparrow Heart and Vascular Center represents a new era of heart and vascular care in mid-Michigan. Our board-certified clinicians are leaders in their fields, partnering with Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute and other community Cardiologists to provide the highest-quality care possible.

Sparrow’s new Interventional Suite has enabled us to improve workflow, utilize best practices, and ultimately improve Patient care and the overall Patient experience in the areas of cardiology, neurology and radiology. The Interventional Suite offers advanced 3D imaging and other state-of-the-art technology to more precisely diagnose and treat ailments such as coronary artery disease, stroke, and cancer.

Sparrow was recognized as one of the first healthcare facilities in the nation to receive both a Blue Distinction® Center and a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in the area of bariatric surgery by the Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Sparrow is also the only hospital in mid-Michigan certified as a Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission for the highest national standards in hip and knee replacements. Our multi-disciplinary team of dedicated, compassionate orthopedic nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians’ assistants, case managers, athletic trainers, and orthopedic technicians are committed to providing a full continuum of orthopedic care.

Sparrow is mid-Michigan’s most popular birthing center, delivering about 4,000 babies a year, and is the region’s first and only hospital designated by the World Health Organization as Baby Friendly®.

Sparrow is the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and is one of only 6 percent of hospitals nationally to have earned the Nurse Magnet Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For the past two years, Sparrow has been among an even more elite group of hospitals that have achieved Magnet redesignation.

Accolades and innovations like these demonstrate our commitment to implementing the Patient-centered, evidence-based best practices that make up the Sparrow Way.

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Sparrow: Growing for the Future

At Sparrow, our commitment to providing the best Patient care means providing state-of-the-art facilities that meet the ever-changing needs of our rapidly expanding region. New construction and renovation projects will allow us to deliver the best care when and where our Patients need it most.

Housed within the new Plaza Building, the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center will be built upon the principles of Patient- and family-centered care. Sparrow is committed to offering timely and convenient access to radiation, medical and surgical oncologists and a full range of clinical and family support services. The facility and programs are being designed with team medicine and Patient- and family engagement in mind. In addition, the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center will play an integral role in Sparrow’s continuing relationship with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The project is slated for completion in 2017.

The Gathering Place at Sparrow is a major addition at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. This innovative new space is a modern, upscale dining area offering fresh, quality cuisine in an expansive area of bright, open spaces and a wall of glass with a view along Michigan Avenue. Features include a demonstration kitchen for cooking and nutrition classes, a massive pizza oven, a protected allergen-free food service area, and a wide array of culturally diverse foods.

Mary Free Bed at Sparrow celebrated the completion of its newly renovated and expanded rehabilitation unit in 2015, with 40 private Patient rooms and two state-of-the-art therapy gyms. This joint venture between Sparrow and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital of Grand Rapids is transforming care for Patients needing intensive neurological, orthopedic, and stroke rehabilitation care.

Sparrow Health Center Lansing is a new campus in Lansing Township that will expand access to primary care, provide senior health services, and offer streamlined and comprehensive care in one convenient location. Services onsite will feature a drive-thru Pharmacy, Laboratory, Endoscopy, Diagnostic Imaging including CT, Ultrasound, Mammography, MRI and more, as well as three Sparrow Medical Group practices.


Research at Sparrow

In addition to expert Physicians and Nurses trained to work seamlessly together to deliver life-saving care, Sparrow is also home to ground-breaking research and technology to provide new and better ways to diagnose and treat diseases.

Sparrow Clinical Research Institute (SCRI)
SCRI was formed in 2012 to expand the work of the former Thoracic & Cardiovascular Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit medical research foundation founded in 1992 to conduct clinical research in cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiovascular surgery.

The formation of SCRI allowed us to expand our research program to include more investigators and new medical specialties. We have conducted over 315 clinical trials and are actively recruiting new ventures.

Our SCRI researchers are all members of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, certified in transportation of dangerous materials and have completed National Institutes of Health research ethics training. Our clinical research coordinators are Registered Nurses or certified in clinical research, with regulatory staff and research assistants that work closely with our coordinator staff.

Today, SCRI is helping Sparrow broaden its research focus and national reputation. For example, a Sparrow Cardiologist was recently published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine for his role in a groundbreaking study on an innovative new pacemaker.

The Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research
The Center for Innovation and Research was created as a major joint initiative between Sparrow and MSU to seek new approaches to quality care and better Patient outcomes. Recent projects include Type-1 diabetes in adolescents, alarm safety, meditation apps for palliative and hospice care, and a study to determine what social and medical factors play a role in Patient recovery and hospital readmissions.

By developing research projects that improve our ability to deliver Patient-centered, evidence-based best practices, the Center is a hub for collaboration that fosters the creative spirit and encourages innovative thought.

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Sparrow Subsidiaries

Our Patients and their families expect quality care in a healing environment, and they expect it close to home. Sparrow is a growing health system with two Lansing campuses, hospitals in St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as dozens of satellite care centers, Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Physicians Health Network, the Sparrow Medical Group and the Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club (MAC).

At Sparrow, our commitment to providing the best Patient care means providing facilities that meet the needs of our region. We are proud of the role our affiliate hospitals are playing in making that mission a reality. In 2015:

Sparrow Carson Hospital’s integration with Sparrow increased local access to health care services while improving affordability through a reduction of duplicative services. Sparrow Carson is one of only three Michigan hospitals to be named a 2015 Guardian of Excellence award winner by Press Ganey Associates for excellence in Patient experience.

Sparrow Clinton Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art Emergency Services Department offers easier access to quality emergency care for Clinton County residents. As one of the nation’s top-ranked critical access hospitals serving a rural area, Sparrow Clinton shares in our joint vision to improve the quality of care and the Patient experience throughout mid-Michigan.

Sparrow Ionia Hospital opened an all-new, state-of-the-art critical access hospital offering outpatient services including a Chemotherapy and Infusion Lab, General and Fluoroscopy Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, CT, Digital Mammography, Ultrasound and Bone Density, an Emergency Department with private Patient rooms, triage area, two trauma rooms, a Surgery Department with two operating rooms, administrative offices and board room, a cafeteria and a community education center.

Sparrow Specialty Hospital, a 30-bed all private room facility offering long term acute care, relocated to the 8th Floor of the Sparrow Tower to improve Patient experience and offer increased access to specialty services and ancillary support such as Neurology, Orthopedics, Cardiology, and more.

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