Sparrow Hospital to receive $800M for improvement plan

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Sparrow Health System Board of Directors approved an $800 million improvement plan.

The plan includes, among multiple other projects, building a five-story patient tower at Sparrow Hospital, directly north of the West Tower.

A statement from Sparrow discusses the investment into the Lansing area employee “…as the area’s largest private employer, on keeping jobs in the region and promoting potential employment growth.”

Sparrow CEO James Dover says by 2027, the Sparrow patient experience will be more convenient.

“This improves both the access for our community then also the experience they receive here at Sparrow. Whether they’re in an emergency room, whether they’re in an in-patient setting, ambulatory clinic, or virtual. So what we want them to continue to feel is that it’s their Sparrow,” said Dover.

$350 million will expand the emergency room at Sparrow’s main hospital, create 112 new private rooms, and more.

Dover says the improvements will cut down the time from when a patient walks in, gets treated and walks out by 90 minutes.

“This is reinvesting in what our current run rate is in terms of the amount of patients on the in-patient platform,” said Dover.

Another $500 million will go toward a new emergency room in Okemos, an outpatient surgery center, into community hospitals, and other outpatient sites.

The expansion also means more staff.

And with the current nurse and EMT shortage happening across the state, Dover says they have several strategies.

“The number one thing we can all do is encourage … our youth to enter into the healthcare field. We need to refill the supply line of potential people in health care across the entire nation and Michigan is not exempt to that,” he said.

Their goal is to have all of these new projects done by 2027 and some will be completed before.

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