Sparrow achieves milestone with completion of Sparrow Tower

SSH Move 7The Sparrow Tower, the single largest commitment to improving health care in the region when it was built in 2008, has reached a key milestone as the new home for Sparrow Specialty Hospital, marking the completion of all 450,000-square-foot and full occupancy.

Sparrow Specialty Hospital (SSH), a long-term acute care hospital, relocated to the 8th Floor of the Sparrow Tower to improve the Patient experience and offer increased access to specialty services and ancillary support such as Neurology, Orthopedics, Cardiology, and more.

Caregivers, Physicians, community leaders and more gathered recently to celebrate the move. Guests were able to tour the new space, including 30 private Patient rooms, in advance of the Patient move.

This 30-bed “Hospital within a Hospital” is designed for medically complex and critically ill Patients who need intense, highly technical, extended medical care (25 days or longer) following treatment at a traditional acute care facility, outpatient care setting, or home setting.

Typical care provided at SSH includes post-surgical care such as wound management, complex respiratory and pulmonary care, ventilator management, weaning, and tracheotomy care, management of infectious disease, and coordination of care for multiple system failures.

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Interior build-out construction on floors 7 and 8 of the Sparrow Tower began in fall 2013. The 7th Floor opened in January 2015, adding 30 private Medical Surgical rooms for Patients who require an inpatient stay.

A $23.2-million Neurosciences Center opened on floors 9 and 10 in July 2013, including a dedicated EEG Monitoring room, and the Lansing Neurosurgery Learning Center to advance neurological education in our community.

At nearly 16,000 square feet, an expanded Surgical Center, adding 10 high-tech operating rooms and creating the largest, most advanced, surgical center in the region, opened in the lower level of the Tower in May 2014. The space also includes Sparrow’s first frozen specimen lab, located centrally within the Surgical Department, allowing for real-time diagnosis and intervention while the Patient is still in surgery.

As services have shifted to the Tower, it has allowed for renovations in other areas of the hospital, including the new Mary Free Bed at Sparrow Unit currently under construction. Phase I is expected to open in May of this year.