Sparrow Specialty Hospital celebrates a newly renovated facility and 10 years of providing long-term acute care for our community

On Thursday, March 6, we celebrated a newly renovated facility and 10 years of providing long-term acute care for our community.

Sparrow Specialty Hospital continues the healing process by offering a multidisciplinary team approach, including Nurses, Specialty Physicians, Case Managers, Nutritional Services, Pharmacy, Therapy, and more, to meet the complex needs of Patients requiring long-term acute care.

Sparrow initially brought this service to our community back in 2004 and we’re thankful for the Caregivers and nearly 3,000 Patients and families who have been a part of our journey so far.

The improvements at SSH are just one of many Sparrow projects that have resulted in more than $250 million reinvested back into our community over the last three years.

A look at the before.  And now a look at the “after”:

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Sparrow Specialty Hospital Renovations

At Sparrow, our commitment to providing the best Patient care means providing facilities that meet the needs of our community.

New renovations to SSH will provide a more peaceful and healing environment for our Patients and their families during their extended stay.

A look at the “before”:

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Sparrow Specialty Hospital (SSH), a 36-bed acute care hospital specializing in Patients who require a 25-day or longer length of stay in a hospital setting, opened on the Sparrow St. Lawrence Campus 10 years ago as the region’s first long-term acute care hospital.

More than 40 percent of SSH Patients are able to transition directly to home, while others require additional rehabilitation once their acute care needs have been met.

Sparrow Specialty Hospital 

  • 36 bed acute care hospital
  • 10,000 sq. ft.
  • Construction start: Summer/Fall 2013
  • Estimated completion: Early 2014

Sparrow Grand Ledge prepares to open for business

Despite the cold temperatures and high winds, more than 100 people turned out for the grand opening of Sparrow Grand Ledge on Friday, Jan. 24.

The new facility offers an Urgent Care, Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Medical Supply in one convenient location to better support the needs of Grand Ledge and surrounding communities.

The Urgent care opened to the public on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Pharmacy Plus, Laboratory and Outpatient Rehabilitation services followed on Monday, Jan. 27.

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Sparrow celebrates groundbreaking for new Sparrow Ionia Hospital

Sparrow Ionia Hospital today broke ground on the first new hospital in the mid-Michigan region in decades.

The new, two-story hospital will have expanded emergency, surgery, and outpatient services including all digital radiology, private Patient rooms, and enhanced safety and security. The new hospital is being built to LEED-certification standards as we move to be better stewards of our resources while creating healing environments for our Patients.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the 44-acre site of the new facility, located on South M-66 (South State Road) just south of the Ionia County Airport, and featured a keynote address by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a native of Ionia County, and Ionia Mayor Dan Balice.

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Sparrow Clinton Hospital breaks ground for construction of new Emergency Department

Sparrow Clinton Hospital breaks ground for construction of new Emergency Department

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Community leaders, donors, Sparrow administrators and Caregivers broke ground on July 16 in a special ceremony to kick-off construction at Sparrow Clinton Hospital.

At 9,935 square feet, the new emergency services facility will be three times the size of the existing ED.

“Building this new, first-class emergency facility will provide a readily accessible, technologically advanced healing environment for our community, and give our Patients and their families the very best in local health care when care is most needed,” said Ed Bruun, Sparrow Clinton Hospital President & CEO.

Completion of the new Emergency Department is scheduled for June 2014.

Sparrow Clinton state-of-the-art Emergency Services Department

Sparrow Clinton state-of-the-art Emergency Services Department

At 9,935 square feet, the new facility is three times the size of the existing emergency department.

Design highlights include:

  • Eight private treatment rooms: one of which is a decontamination/isolation room and two of which are designed to meet needs of children
  • Two designated trauma rooms for treatment of life-threatening emergencies
  • A designated triage room
  • An observation room with reclining chairs
  • A family consultation room for private conversations with physicians
  • A spacious, comfortable Lobby expressly for emergency patients
  • A centralized Patient Care Coordination Center nursing station
  • A separate patient entrance with covered drive-through for dropping off and picking up patients
  • A separate, covered ambulance entrance
  • A private decontamination entrance for health situations involving hazardous materials

Project stats:

  • 9,935 sq. ft.
  • $5.7M project
  • Construction start: August 2013
  • Estimated completion: June 2014
Tower floors 7 and 8

Tower floors 7 and 8

The last phase in completing the construction of the Sparrow Tower which opened in 2008, floors 7 and 8 will feature 30 medical/surgical private Patient rooms per floor.  The Patient rooms will be much larger than the existing rooms in the Foster, South and Neumann Wings, providing family support space and a quieter environment for our Patients.

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Tower Floors 7 & 8

  • 30 Medical/Surgical Private Patient rooms per floor
  • $23M budgeted project
  • Construction start: October 2013
  • Estimated completion: Fall 2014

The Sparrow Neurosciences Center

A modern new Patient-centered facility that combines the latest technology with nationally recognized care in a healing environment.

We’re bringing together our leading-edge Dart Stroke Center, Neuro interventional Unit, Neuro Trauma ICU, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Neuro Physiology Unit and Neuro-Oncology Services, as well as support for Patients and their families, all on the top two floors of the Sparrow Tower.

Working in partnership with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Michigan State University Health Team, Lansing Neurosurgery, and Lansing’s private neurology practices, Sparrow offers nationally recognized care for our Patients.

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Tower Floor 10

  • 30 Private Patient rooms for Neuro Intensive Care and Neuro Step-Down

Tower Floor 9

  • 30 Private Patient rooms for Neuro Medical/Surgical Step-Down
  • EEG Monitoring room
  • Lansing Neurosurgery Learning Center

Project stats:

  • $23M project investment
  • Construction start: October 2012
  • Estimated completion: August/September 2013

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,, 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