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Sparrow wins statewide hospital competition to add names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry

Michigan Business Network
December 18, 2018 11:00 AM


LANSING, MI – Sparrow Health System has won Gift of Life Michigan’s 2018 Hospital Challenge by registering the most organ and tissue donors during a six-week statewide competition this fall. Sparrow was recognized at a ceremony today at the hospital.Sparrow signed up 1,041 new donors – a record for the annual challenge. Detroit Medical Center came in second with 1,028 and Beaumont Health in Royal Oak placed third with 337.

The combined total for hospitals that participated was 3,180 – up from 1,691 in 2017.Jeffrey Mosher interviews RN Steve Dexter, of Sparrow Ionia Hospital. An intrumental part of the effort which led to Sparrow Health System being awarded the top honor for Gift of Life Michigan’s 2018 Hospital Challenge, followed by excerpts from the ceremony.

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“Sparrow took this friendly-but-important challenge very seriously and succeeded by motivating its staff and using creativity to reach into the mid-Michigan community,” said Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s federally designated organ recovery program. “Michigan’s hospitals are national leaders in making the registry a priority and we’re incredibly proud of their commitment to helping fulfill the wishes of donors and their families. Together, we’re saving lives.”

Michigan hospitals have collectively registered more than 3,400 new organ, eye and tissue donors so far in 2018.

Steven Dexter, Nurse Manager at Sparrow Ionia Hospital, lead the challenge at Sparrow and – for the second year in a row - earned Gift of Life’s annual Donation Champion Award. 

“We, at Sparrow, are extremely proud of this honor and thank the extraordinary Caregivers who consistently go above and beyond to promote the Organ Registry,” said Dennis Swan, President and CEO, Sparrow Health System. “It is tremendously gratifying to know that the families of donors have an opportunity to provide hope for enhanced lives to more than 3,200 Michigan Patients waiting for an organ transplant.”

Here are the complete results for the six-week challenge:
1. Sparrow Health - 1,041
2. Detroit Medical Center - 1,028
3. Beaumont Health - 337
4. Hurley Medical Center - 268
5. Henry Ford Health System - 240
6. Ascension Health Michigan - 186
7. Michigan Medicine - 33
8. Covenant HealthCare - 22

Michigan Business Network was on hand for this event and will have images and audio from the event in an update to this article shortly! 

Anyone can join the Donor Registry, regardless of age or health history. To join or to learn more, go to golm.org or call 866.500.5801. As the state’s federally designated organ and tissue recovery organization, Gift of Life acts as intermediary between donors, their families, hospital staff and transplant centers.


Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Physicians Health Network, the Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit Sparrow.org.

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