Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

Plaza Building ground view 1.8.15

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.

The Herbert and Herman families

A New Cancer Center – a commitment to our community



Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit

Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit

Mary Free Bed at Sparrow floor plan

Construction crews have started working on the first phase of renovations for the $7-million Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit, a joint venture between Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

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The project will expand the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Sparrow to 40 private Patient rooms and two therapy gymnasiums on the same floor to provide advanced rehabilitation care for Patients in the mid-Michigan region.

The unit will continue to provide intensive neurological, orthopedic, and stroke rehab care.

The first phase of renovations, including 30 of the 40 planned private Patient rooms, is expected to be finished by mid-2015. The remainder of the project is expected to be complete by early 2016.

Sparrow’s current inpatient rehabilitation unit is housed on two floors of the hospital. Mary Free Bed at Sparrow will combine all aspects of adult rehabilitation care and therapy in one convenient area.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has served the needs of children and adults since 1891 and today offers the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in Michigan. The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network includes relationships with leading acute care hospitals in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Muskegon. Visit MaryFreeBed.com for additional information.

Project stats:

  • 45,050 sq. ft.
  • $7M project budget
  • Construction start: December 2014
  • Estimated completion – Phase I: April/May 2015
  • Estimated completion – Phase II: May 2015
  • Estimated completion – Phase III: November 2015
Sparrow Clinton Hospital celebrates new Emergency facility

Sparrow Clinton Hospital celebrates new Emergency facility

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Community and Sparrow leaders officially “cut the ribbon” today on a new Emergency Services facility at Sparrow Clinton Hospital during the first of three special celebrations that allowed donors, Caregivers and the public to visit and tour the new site.

Sparrow Clinton Hospital opens its new, state-of-the-art Emergency Services Department Wednesday, Aug. 6, making quality emergency care even easier to access in Clinton County.

“It’s a beautiful, modern emergency facility built with the outstanding support of our community,” says Ed Bruun, President and CEO of Sparrow Clinton Hospital. “This vital improvement in emergency services will allow us to continue to provide the people of St. Johns and its surrounding communities with immediate, local health care when care is most needed.”

SCH Emergency Services serves more than 14,000 patients each year, and that number is growing. At 9,935 square feet, the new facility is three times the size of the old emergency department.

This $5.7-million project was funded in part by $2.2-million in community donations, including a $600,000 gift from the Alice Jumper Estate.

From private high-tech treatment rooms to innovative methods to ensure Patient flow, the new ER is designed to maintain and enhance the quality of care with comfortable, first-class accommodations for Patients and families.

Features include eight private rooms and two trauma treatment rooms as well as an exclusive lobby, a family conference room, an observation room where Patients can wait for test results, a centralized nursing station, and a decontamination treatment area.

The new Emergency entrance off Oakland Street will be open 24 hours.

Patients will no longer access emergency services through the Sturgis Street entrance. As of Aug. 6, that entry will be dedicated to Patients seeking outpatient procedures and laboratory services, and inpatient hospital visitors. The Sturgis Street entrance will be closed and locked during evening hours. It will be open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This new emergency services facility is one of many Sparrow renovations that have resulted in more than $250 million reinvested in the region over the last three years.

Sparrow Ionia Replacement Hospital

Sparrow Ionia Replacement Hospital

All new, state-of-the-art hospital with 22 Patient rooms, outpatient services including Chemo and Infusion Lab, X-ray, Nuclear Medicine, Emergency Department with private patient rooms, triage area and two trauma rooms, Surgery Department with 2 ORs, Administrative offices cafeteria and education center.

Ionia rendering 8.2013 a

Ionia rendering 8.2013 b

Project stats:

  • 65,000 sq. ft.
  • $25M project budget
  • Construction start: Fall 2013
  • Estimated completion: Spring 2015

Attention! We’re building better care

At Sparrow, our commitment to providing the best Patient care includes facilities that promote healing and good health.

A series of new construction and renovation projects, both on and off campus, are underway to integrate cutting edge technology, modern facilities, and convenient locations to better meet the changing needs of our community.

This website, buildingsparrow.org, has been developed to allow Caregivers, Patients and visitors to follow our progress to build a healthy future.  Here you’ll find the latest updates, photos, and information on accessing Sparrow services affected by construction.

One of the first improvements that will affect Patient and Caregiver access starts in mid-July with the temporary relocation of the Sparrow Main Emergency room entrance. This change, expected to last six months, is due to construction in the parking deck as we consolidate and expand our OR services.

Other projects underway at this time include completion of the Sparrow Neurosciences Center on Tower floors 9 & 10, the build-out of Tower floors 7 & 8, construction of a new Grand Ledge Ambulatory building, an addition to the Sparrow Clinton ER, and construction of a replacement hospital in Ionia.

Our work to build a healthy future will span several years, so be sure to follow new developments and improvements right here at buildingsparrow.org.

Sparrow Plaza Building

Sparrow Plaza Building

Plaza Building circle view 1.8.15

A new level in Patient care

The new four-story Plaza Building, located centrally on the Sparrow Campus, will house an expanded Cancer Center and other ancillary services to streamline Patient care. Designed with the future in mind, this flexible space can easily be adapted to next-generation technologies as they emerge.

A central courtyard in front of the Plaza Building will add green space along Michigan Avenue and provide a place for our Patients, visitors and Caregivers to rest and revitalize.

Adjacent to the Plaza Building, a new multi-level parking structure will add approximately 600 new parking spaces, providing greater accessibility for visitors. A dedicated second floor entrance with reserved parking for Cancer Center Patients, is just one of the many steps we’re taking to create a Patient-centered, healing environment. At Sparrow, the needs of the Patient must always come first, every step of the way.

Plaza Building site plan 1.8.15


Project stats:

  • Construction start: Spring 2015
  • Estimated completion – Early 2017
Sparrow Ionia from the inside out

Sparrow Ionia from the inside out

Field report – the inside of the new Sparrow Ionia hospital is coming along nicely with walls going into place and drywall prepped for paint.  Here’s a look from the inside out with views of the snowy countryside beyond. Not too long before the snow melts and the new hospital opens!

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A bird’s eye view of construction at Sparrow Ionia

A bird’s eye view of construction at Sparrow Ionia

Check out these great shots captured on Oct. 5 by a University of Michigan Survival Flight crew as they passed over the new Sparrow Ionia Hospital.


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Final beam placed at Sparrow Ionia

Caregivers gathered to watch the final beam placed in the the construction of the new Sparrow Ionia Hospital.  The last beam, covered in signatures from Caregivers, community members, and donors, will support the ambulance entrance to the hospital.