LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Sparrow Health System will become the University of Michigan Health-Sparrow next year.

Health system leaders said the name change is to reflect the University of Michigan brand.

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This process has been in the works since December when Sparrow leaders announced they would be part of U of M’s Michigan Medicine Network.

Part of the deal included U of M investing $800 million into Sparrow Health System over the next eight years.

Leaders of both systems say the University of Michigan Sparrow will tie in U of M’s brand power along with Sparrow’s more than 100-year history in mid-Michigan.

The deal amounts to a large expansion for U of M and creates the state’s second-largest health system.

Michigan Medicine CEO Dr. Marshall Runge said this will also bring together both health systems medical expertise.

“Our goal is, and I’m confident that we will achieve it, is to achieve a clinical network that builds upon strengths of the University of Michigan academic medical center and Sparrow’s extremely successful community-based health system,” he said.

The name change becomes official on April 1 2024.

Sparrow Health Systems President James Dover says there will be no change to nursing, medicine and other programs with MSU, Lansing Community College and Olivet.

“The University of Michigan Health-Sparrow reflects a partnership going forward, building on the equity of both brands,” according to James Dover, Sparrow President and CEO. “Sparrow has an unmatched reputation in Mid-Michigan while U-M Health is the preeminent health system in Michigan.”