Sparrow Health System is a state and national leader for excellence in every aspect of care, quality, and Patient experience. We are proud to share our most recent accomplishments in the Patient-centered, evidence-based best practices that exemplify the Sparrow Way.

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American Heart Association Awards

The Sparrow Comprehensive Stroke Center continues to be recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association by achieving the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll awards.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Sparrow’s Bariatric Surgery program continues to be recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Award

MDHHS awarded a Birthing Center grant to Sparrow’s Mother Baby Center to connect inpatient to outpatient services as part of the Michigan Infant Mortality Reduction Plan.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Three-Star Rating

The Sparrow Cardiovascular Surgery program earned the STS highest attainable 3-star rating for quality of heart surgery.

The Joint Commission

The Sparrow Comprehensive Stroke Center has been certified by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center since 2012.

The Sparrow Total Joint Replacement Program has been accredited by The Joint Commission for five consecutive years, reflecting the highest national standards for safety and quality of care in these orthopedic procedures.

World Health Organization Baby Friendly® Designation

Sparrow remains mid-Michigan’s first and only hospital to earn WHO Baby Friendly® Designation, a national benchmark in quality care for mothers and babies.

American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Sparrow remains one of only six percent of all hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and continues to outperform the Magnet hospital mean in many categories. For the past four years, Sparrow has been among an even more elite group of hospitals that have achieved Magnet redesignation. In 2016, Sparrow’s Chief Nursing Officer received the Clinical Nurse Leader Visionary Leader Award, one of the highest honors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Michigan Hospital Association

Sparrow was selected as a Tier II hospital within a nine-hospital collaborative to work on High Reliability by the Michigan Hospital Association.

American Hospital Association

Sparrow Hospital continues to be named one of the nation’s top Most Wired Hospitals, in the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks and sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for.

Health Information and Technology Awards

Sparrow Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer Michael Zaroukian, M.D., PhD, MACP, FHIMSS, was named one of the top 30 CMIO experts in healthcare by Health Data Management.

Nurses Professional Development

Three additional Sparrow Nurses received Critical Care Registered Nurse certification in 2016, for a total of 18 CPHQ certifications since 2015. In 2016 there was a 5.5 percent increase overall in national nursing certifications, from 321 to 386 certified Nurses.

American Nurses Association Awards

Sparrow RNICU presentations received the Modern Healthcare Team Award at MANA annual conference and the Innovation Award at the annual State of Nursing.

Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Awards

Sparrow Pharmacy earned the 2016 Best Practice Award and was named the Mid-West Region 2016 Site of the Year and Mid-West Region 2016 Clinical Site of the Year by Comprehensive Pharmacy Services.

Capital Area United Way Volunteer Awards

Two Sparrow Hospital Volunteers were honored as CAUW’s Adult Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Cancer Center

National Accreditations
Medical Oncology received three-year re-certification with Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).

Multi-Disciplinary Breast Clinic continues its three-year full accreditation with National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

American College of Surgeons
Sparrow Cancer Center received its 3-Year Commission on Cancer Program Re-Certification from the American College of Surgeons.


Michigan Athletic Club

Since 1998, the Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club (MAC) has been recognized on Club Industry's Top 100 Clubs in the United States with a 2016 ranking of #70. Club Industry’s Top 100 Clubs ranks the top 100 revenue producing club companies in the industry representing more than 9,800 clubs. The MAC was recognized for several reasons including the highest increase in hospital-based facilities with a 4.3 percent increase for $11.03 million.

Sparrow Medical Group

The following Sparrow Medical Group primary care practices are designated as Patient Centered Medical Homes by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

  • SMG Carson City
  • SMG DeWitt
  • SMG Eastside
  • SMG Fowler
  • SMG Greenville
  • SMG Holt
  • SMG Ionia
  • SMG Ithaca
  • SMG Lansing
  • SMG Lansing Internal Medicine
  • SMG Lyons
  • SMG Mason
  • SMG Muir
  • SMG North
  • SMG Okemos
  • SMG Pediatric Care Carson City
  • SMG Portland
  • SMG Potterville
  • SMG Saranac
  • SMG St. Johns
  • SMG Stanton
  • SMG West
  • Sparrow Family Health Center Central
  • Sparrow Family Health Center Mason

SMG DeWitt, SMG North, and SMG St. Johns were recognized as Medicare Advantage Physician offices for outstanding contributions in the helping BCBSM and BCN members receive “Star Quality” care.


Sparrow DeWitt Rehab received national recognition for ranking in the 95th percentile in 2015 and 92.7th percentile in 2016.

Ionia Chamber of Commerce Awards

SMG Ionia, SMG Muir, SMG Portland, and SMG Saranac received the Ionia Chamber of Commerce “Best Business to Watch” award. Ionia was also recognized for its LEED certification and nominated for Chamber Member of the Year.

Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project

The following practices were awarded MiPCT’s Top Five Practices in Michigan for Diabetes Care by the Michigan Department of Community Health:

  • SMG DeWitt Best Overall Adult and Family
  • SMG Holt Most Improved Diabetes Care
  • SMG Mason Best Overall Adult and Family
  • SMG Okemos Most Improved Adult and Family
  • SMG St Johns Most Improved Diabetes Care

SMG St. Johns also received the 2016 MiPCT Summit Best Practice Award for the second consecutive year.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2016 Immunization Quality Improvement AFIX Awards

  • The MDHHS Division of Immunizations honored the following practices for quality improvement at the 2016 Regional Immunization Conference:
  • SMG Family Medicine Residency Mason: 95 percent immunization rate.
    SMG West: Over 90% of pediatric Patients aged 14-35 months completing their vaccination series.
  • SMG St. Johns: ranked among the top three practices in Clinton, Gratiot, and Montcalm counties for up-to-date Patient immunization rates, achieving 71 percent as compared to state average of 65 percent.

Carson Hospital

American Hospital Association
Sparrow Carson Hospital was recognized among small and rural hospitals in the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks and sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Sparrow Carson received a 5 Star rating from CMS for “Patients who reported that they “always” received help as soon as they wanted.

Sparrow Carson Home Health received a 5 Star rating from CMS for three of the four Home Health CAHPS domains.

Women’s Choice Award
Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care

Clinton Hospital

Professional Research Consultants National Recognition
Sparrow DeWitt Rehab earned PRC National Recognition for scoring at the 95th percentile.

Professional Research Consultants Excellence in Healthcare Awards
PRC 5-Star Patient Inpatient Services Awards for: Communication about Medications, Pain Management.
PRC 4-Star Patient Inpatient Services Award for: Patient Emergency Department Services Overall Quality of Care.

American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence
The only Michigan hospital to be certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence for professional satisfaction of Nurses.

National Rural Health Association Awards
Listed on National Rural He

Ionia Hospital

Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
Sparrow Ionia Hospital, Sparrow Medical Group in Ionia, Muir, Portland and Saranac, and Sparrow Ionia Outpatient Rehabilitation, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation, reflecting the organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective Patient care.

LEED Certification
Sparrow Ionia Hospital has become Michigan’s first critical access hospital to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification as a leader in meeting environmental and green-friendly standards.

Ionia Chamber of Commerce Award
Ionia Hospital was recognized for its LEED certification and nominated for Ionia Chamber Member of the Year.

Specialty Hospital

Michigan Hospital Association
MHA Keystone Center, a certified Patient safety organization, featured Sparrow Specialty Hospital in its “Road Map to Patient and Family Engagement” series for its innovative implementation of a system of iPads that bring the hospital’s electronic medical records (EMR) and its resources to the Patient’s bedside.

Physicians Health Plan

Michigan Association of Health Plans Pinnacle Award
PHP’s “Closing Gaps in Care and Promoting Member Safety,” earned the MAHP Pinnacle Award for Clinical Service Improvement in a Commercial Health Plan.

Quality Compass Recognition
PHP was also rated as Number One Health Plan in Michigan by Quality Compass 2016 for its overall health plan rating and claims processing.

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