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Sparrow has always been committed to the mid-Michigan region, and has led the way in health care by offering advances such as mid-Michigan’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Three recent partnerships further illustrate how Sparrow is striving to streamline care and continuity of service throughout mid-Michigan.

In 2009, Sparrow welcomed Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute (TCI) to the Sparrow family. The partnership is the first of its kind in the region—bringing together the region’s largest cardiovascular group along with Sparrow’s current team of private practice cardiologists, Michigan State University faculty cardiologists and the Sparrow Heart and Vascular Center—the area’s most technologically advanced facility.

A partnership with LifeNet of Michigan has established the region’s first 24/7 medical service, which transports patients by helicopter outfitted with the latest technologies. Once at Sparrow, patients have access to the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the area. This new service ensures that critical patients will have the fastest and most efficient transport to receive the care and attention they need. The LifeNet crew’s experience is unmatched—pilots have more that 20,000 combined flight hours, the maintenance team has earned the FAA Diamond Award for Maintenance Excellence for five straight years, and the nurses and paramedics are trained to handle any emergency that comes their way.

On Jan. 1, 2010 the hospital formally known as Ionia County Memorial Hospital joined Sparrow and became Sparrow Ionia Hospital. This partnership will improve access to Sparrow-quality healthcare for the residents in and around Ionia county—bringing additional physicians and newer technology to the Ionia team, such as 64-slice CT scanner.