It’s dirty work

It’s dirty work

Construction crews are well underway clearing grass and concrete and preparing a solid foundation for the new Sparrow Plaza and Herbert-Herman Cancer Center.  Despite the wet weather things are coming along well and the site is changing daily!  As you can see in these photos, the area of the former Bingham Elementary school has been cleared, along with portions of the parking lot around the former Sparrow Foundation building. Stay tuned for updates throughout the summer on our progress.

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Sparrow Ionia moves into the new hospital, sees first Patients

Sparrow Ionia moves into the new hospital, sees first Patients

Over the weekend the final moves took place and the new Sparrow Ionia Hospital opened for Patients on the morning of Sunday, June 14, 2015. You can find us at 3565 S. State Road (M-66), just south of the Ionia County Airport.

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Sparrow celebrates grand opening of new Sparrow Ionia Hospital

Sparrow celebrates grand opening of new Sparrow Ionia Hospital

Sparrow today celebrated the grand opening of the new Sparrow Ionia Hospital, the first new hospital in the mid-Michigan region in decades.

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Sitting on 43 acres at 3565 S. State Road (M-66), just south of the Ionia County Airport, the all-new, state-of-the-art 65,000-square-foot critical access hospital features 18 all-private inpatient rooms.  It replaces the current Sparrow Ionia Hospital, which was originally built in 1953.

The hospital also offers 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.

The $25 million project, which broke ground in October 2013, was built to LEED-certification standards as Sparrow moves to be a better steward of our resources while creating healing environments for our Patients.

“Having a state-of-the-art facility that draws talented new Physicians to the area is an important piece in a thriving community,” said Bill Roeser, President and CEO of Sparrow Ionia Hospital. “I’m excited for what this new hospital means for providing access to the latest technology and nationally recognized care for the residents of Ionia County now and long into the future.”

The grand opening ceremony included a keynote address by Ionia Mayor Dan Balice, and taped messages from Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a native of Ionia County, and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

“We are in the midst of a time of exciting change at Sparrow – growing, increasing our capacity, expanding our services, and extending our reach to care for our Patients throughout the region,” said Dennis Swan, Sparrow President and CEO. “Our success is a direct reflection of the faith people have placed in Sparrow to care for their families.”

Sparrow has undertaken a significant investment in the region, more than $285 million in construction and information technology projects over a five-year period, as we continue to transform care, implement best practices, and deliver nationally recognized care.  To learn more, visit BuildingSparrow.org.

Choose Wisely. Choose Sparrow.

General Motors donates SUV to Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit

General Motors donates SUV to Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit

Patients at the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit will now be able to practice getting in and out of a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) donated by General Motors and time and supplies given by mid-Michigan businesses.

“We are thrilled to be able to donate a Lansing-built Chevrolet Traverse to a community that has been home to General Motors for more than 100 years,” said Lansing Regional Plant Manager Mike Trevorrow. “We are committed to giving back to the communities that are home to our facilities and employees.”

Staff from Feldman’s Bout Kouts Chevrolet donated hundreds of man hours to disassemble the Traverse, cut it down to four pieces at their body shop and reassemble the vehicle inside a therapy gym at Mary Free Bed at Sparrow, housed on the sixth floor of Sparrow Hospital.

“I am amazed and proud of my team,” said Dick Iding, Dealer Principal, Feldman’s Bud Kouts Chevrolet. “They came together and worked hard with pride to do something really good for Sparrow and the people of mid-Michigan.”

Watch a video of the project from start to finish!

GlassMasters of Portland, FinishMaster, Bannasch Welding, NAPA Auto Parts, Mid-States Bolt & Screw, Harbor Freight Tools, Wood’s Okemos Marathon Towing, and Granger Construction also graciously donated time and supplies.

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An open house was held Wednesday, May 27, to thank the individuals and businesses involved.

“The Traverse creates an opportunity for our Patients to successfully practice using a vehicle during therapy,” said Kris Tennant, Director of Mary Free Bed at Sparrow. “This has been a wonderful partnership that transforms care for our Patients and benefits the greater needs of the mid-Michigan region.”

The first phase of renovations for the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit are complete and private Patient rooms open for Patients on Monday, June 1.

The remainder of the project is expected to be complete by early 2016.

Mary Free Bed at Sparrow is a joint venture between Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The project expands 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 provides intensive neurological, orthopedic, and stroke rehab care.

Sparrow’s former inpatient rehabilitation unit was housed on two floors of the hospital. Mary Free Bed at Sparrow combines 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.

Groundwork for Gathering Place underway

Groundwork for Gathering Place underway

The first visible signs of construction on the new Sparrow Gathering Place have appeared.

Over the last couple of weeks interior demolition and renovations have started as we prepare for the new location of the Sparrow Gift shop.  More visible work has begun outside along Michigan Avenue where utility relocation is underway in preparation for basement excavation which will begin in early June.  Stay tuned!

 

Helipad. check. Pharmacy ready to be stocked. check. Ribbon cutting? June 4

Helipad. check. Pharmacy ready to be stocked. check. Ribbon cutting? June 4

We’re just a little more than two weeks away from ribbon cutting at the new Sparrow Ionia Hospital.  Finishing touches like the helipad outside and painting the entrance are done and with the placement of the last pieces of equipment inside we’re ready to stock up for the exciting day.

Please save the date for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest hospital in Michigan!

Thursday, June 4| 1 p.m.
3565 S. State Road, Ionia

Sparrow breaks ground on the Sparrow Plaza and Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

Sparrow breaks ground on the Sparrow Plaza and Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

Plaza Cancer Center Groundbreaking 16

Today, Sparrow broke ground on the Sparrow Plaza, a new four-story building located centrally on the Sparrow Campus along Michigan Avenue.

Designed with the future in mind, this flexible space can easily be adapted to next-generation technologies and will be home to the new Herbert-Herman Cancer Center and other services as we streamline Patient care.

With the help of the Herbert and Herman families, organizations such as Women Working Wonders (W3) and partners like Auto-Owners Insurance, the Dart Foundation and MSU Federal Credit Union, we are creating a new space designed to support the unique collaborative teams of specialists at Sparrow – all in a new healthy, healing, and Patient-centered environment.

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A portion of the building will feature a Green Roof deck and an environmentally friendly design offering our visitors a healing garden view through the South windows. A central courtyard area to the north, generously funded through community support of W3, will provide a place for our Patients, visitors and Caregivers to rest and revitalize.

The project will also include a new multi-level parking structure adjacent to the Plaza Building adding approximately 600 parking spaces, providing greater accessibility for visitors and offering reserved parking for Cancer Center Patients.

Preliminary site preparation is underway and the project is expected to be complete in early 2017.

The Cancer Center campaign has raised more than $6.5 million in support of this project to date.  The naming of the new Cancer Center recognizes the gifts from the James and Judith Herbert Family of Lansing, and the James and Susan Herman Family of East Lansing. It represents one of the most significant contributions since founder Edward W. Sparrow donated $100,000 and the land upon which the main hospital still stands.

“A hospital is not only a place of treatment; a hospital is a community of caring,” said Stella Cash, Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships at Sparrow.  “At Sparrow, the very walls that we build, and the care that we provide within them, are testaments to the importance of giving and the deeply rooted value of philanthropy in our community’s history.”

Sparrow has undertaken a significant investment in the community, more than $285 million in construction and information technology projects over a five-year period, as we continue to transform care, implement best practices, and deliver nationally recognized care.  The philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and organizations is a valued part of these investments. To learn more, visit BuildingSparrow.org.

Choose Wisely. Choose Sparrow.