Sparrow and U-M Health

A New Chapter for Michigan

Sparrow Health System will join University of Michigan Health under a proposed agreement that will expand services to Mid-Michigan residents, provide access to the highest level of care, improve facilities and technology, and begin a new chapter in Sparrow’s storied history.

The agreement is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023, pending final regulatory approvals.

Joining U-M Health will have a far-reaching impact on Sparrow and Mid-Michigan, expanding access to clinical care throughout the region and, ultimately, statewide.

Together, we will advance care to best serve the people of Mid-Michigan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Sparrow joining U-M Health?

Sparrow’s current partnership with U-M Health, which dates to 2019, has been very successful. It led to the two organizations having conversations about the development of a customized, unique partnership model.  We found common ground in our visions for the need to create a statewide system of care that brought together community focused organizations to complement the traditional academic medical center and research platforms. The result is beyond what either of us could do on our own, and Sparrow is honored to be joining a nationally renowned health system known for its clinical care, quality, research, and innovation.

Additionally, U-M Health is committing $800 million in capital investment to Sparrow, funded through hospital operations and strategic investments over eight years. This investment will enable Sparrow to accelerate the expansion of services, build greater breadth and depth of clinical expertise, and seamlessly integrate leading edge technology and other updates into the region.

For U-M Health, this is an important step toward its vision of a statewide system of highly coordinated care.  Sparrow will co-lead in the creation of this statewide system, along with Sparrow Medical Group playing a central role in physician development.  Moreover, U-M Health already provides specialty care for many families from the greater Lansing area.

If I am a patient at Sparrow, how will my care change?

The focus of Sparrow and U-M Health is on integrating care to best serve patients, with a focus on keeping care local. Over time, both organizations look forward to continuing to strengthen and broaden access to specialty care locally in the communities Sparrow serves. The two organizations joining has no impact on Sparrow's relationship with insurance plans.

Will U-M Health doctors practice at Sparrow facilities?

U-M Health doctors already practice at Sparrow in several capacities.  Our pediatric joint venture has built upon the strength of the existing Sparrow care teams and brought several C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital pediatric specialists to Lansing. More recently, our plastic surgery collaborations have brought U-M surgeons to E.W. Sparrow Hospital. With Sparrow now joining U-M Health, a key priority will be supporting Sparrow’s existing clinical expertise and adding new doctors, including U-M Health providers, to Sparrow locations where appropriate to help meet the needs of our communities.

Is Sparrow changing its name or logo?

The Sparrow brand is known for high quality care across Mid-Michigan for over 126 years. Sparrow is also proud to use the U-M Health brand, which stands for the highest degree of quality, innovation, and research. In the coming year, we expect to introduce strategic updates to the Sparrow brand to appropriately reflect the relationship between our organizations.

Why does U-M Health want to expand to the Mid-Michigan area?

For University of Michigan Health, this is an important step toward its vision of a statewide system of highly coordinated care; a vision that Sparrow shares and is excited to build toward.  Together, we already collaborate to care for Mid-Michigan communities through our pediatric joint venture, Physician Health Plan, and, most recently, expanded plastic surgery services. Through this broader affiliation, patients from the Mid-Michigan region will have access to more coordinated specialty care closer to home.

Does this impact the relationship U-M Health has with MyMichigan Health and UM Health-West?

The mission of U-M Health is to advance health to serve Michigan and the world. An important part of that mission is fulfilling our responsibility to the people of Michigan to provide the right care, at the right place, at the right time. Sparrow will join our highly coordinated network, including MyMichigan and UM Health-West, as well as several unique collaborations we have in place with Trinity Health. Across all of our hospitals and collaborations, patients will have more coordinated specialty care, close to home whenever possible.

Will there be any layoffs at Sparrow as a result of this change?

There are no layoffs anticipated as part of the integration. The driving motivation behind the two organizations coming together is to bring the strengths of both health systems together to better care for the communities they serve. As recruitment improves and growth strategies are activated there will be a need for more clinical roles. Regardless of the affiliation, Sparrow needs to remain focused on our labor costs as part of the post-pandemic financial recovery.

As a donor to Sparrow, will my donation stay in Mid-Michigan?

Yes. Donor support to Sparrow Health System will remain under the authority of Sparrow Foundation and will continue to be invested in providing the highest quality, compassionate health care to children and families in the Mid-Michigan region. In addition, as part of Sparrow joining U-M Health additional pledges and matching funds will be established connected to the Sparrow Capital Campaign (BuildingSparrow.org) that will accelerate some long-awaited improvements on the E.W. Sparrow Hospital campus in Lansing and across the Sparrow Mid-Michigan service area.

Does this impact Sparrow’s relationship with Michigan State University Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing and other training programs?

Sparrow has a longstanding relationship with MSU that continues to provide vital and valued clinical services to the communities of Mid-Michigan. The pediatric care provided at University of Michigan Health at Sparrow Children’s Center is a great example of Sparrow, U-M Health, and MSU physicians coming together to provide the highest quality pediatric care in Mid-Michigan. Other examples where Sparrow works closely with MSU include neurology and medical education. Both Sparrow and U-M Health value the relationship with MSU and hope to continue their affiliation with MSU and its training programs.