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Sparrow Eaton Hospital officially joins Sparrow, Expanding Care for the Charlotte Area

Michigan Business Network
October 1, 2019 1:00 PM

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CHARLOTTE, MI – Sparrow Eaton Hospital has formally become part of Sparrow Health System, expanding and enhancing Patient care and service to Charlotte and the Eaton County area.

Today’s announcement caps a three-year transition of the former Hayes Green Beach (HGB) Memorial Hospital to becoming a Sparrow Community Hospital. The transition has seen numerous successes, from improved care for Patients presenting at Hayes Green Beach with chest pain or stroke symptoms to implementing Sparrow’s Electronic Medical Record system at the Charlotte hospital so that providers from throughout the region can better collaborate on care. 

Watch President and CEO of Sparrow Health System, James Dover give a warming speech.

“We’re extremely proud and excited to formalize this relationship but ultimately it’s about Patients and Patient care,” said James Dover, Sparrow Health System President and CEO in his closing remarks. “We will continue to expand upon the history of service and Patient care that the former Hayes Green Beach already provided, but there will be greater resources so that Sparrow Eaton can grow in line with the growth of the Charlotte-area community.”

“Sparrow has over 115 sites of care throughout Mid-Michigan, and Community Hospitals, such as Sparrow Eaton, form the anchor for the entire health system. They are part of a network of care that means wherever Patients are and whatever their needs, Sparrow is here to serve them.”

Sparrow Eaton joins Sparrow Carson, Clinton and Ionia among the health system’s Community Hospitals, along with Sparrow Hospital and Sparrow Specialty Hospital in Lansing.

“I think it’s going to mean the world to Patients because it’s going to provide for seamless care,” said Matt Rush, President of Sparrow Eaton Hospital, in the Welcome to the special celebration. “If you do need care come to us first in our local community. If we need to get you somewhere else because we don’t provide service we want those relationships with others to be solid and stable and have the resources to care for you past our hospital.

“Even as we change our name to Sparrow Eaton Hospital we’re not going to lose who we are in becoming all we can be. That’s who we’ve always been.”

As with its other Community Hospitals, Sparrow Eaton will continue to be governed by its own local Board of Directors, composed largely of area community leaders.

Sparrow has already made a significant investment in care for the Charlotte-area community with its Promise Project, which has brought major renovations to the Sparrow Eaton campus, including an expanded Surgery Department.

Sparrow and HGB had collaborated for several years before announcing an affiliation agreement in 2016. Sparrow and HGB worked together to optimize resources, such as through the purchase of pharmacy and medical supplies, and management of services including radiology and laboratory. The pair had also worked jointly to impact population health through services and education at AL!VE, Sparrow Eaton’s experience-based health park in Charlotte.

Additional remarks on the occasion were offered by Richard Bruner, Chair, Sparrow Health System Board of Directors, Ed Dobbs, Chair, Sparrow Eaton Hospital Board of Trustees, and Kimberly Friar, M.D., Sparrow Eaton Hospital Physicians Leader.

For more information on Sparrow Eaton and Sparrow’s other Community Hospitals, go to Sparrow.org. Full video presentation of this celebration available upon request.

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Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Medical Group, Sparrow Care Network, 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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