pediatrics and childrens center

Children's Center

Exceptional children’s healthcare in the community you call home

You want to make sure your child is receiving the best possible care. So do we. 

UM Health-Sparrow Children’s Center is a joint venture between Michigan Medicine and UM Health-Sparrow Lansing. Because of this collaboration, we’re able to offer the most comprehensive range of specialty services to our pediatric patients and their families in Mid-Michigan.

At the Children’s Center, Michigan Medicine, Michigan State University and UM Health-Sparrow pediatricians offer children’s healthcare services such as cardiology, genetics, hematology/oncology, neurology,  neurosurgery, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, nephrology and ophthalmology. We provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and more.

We support parents and caretakers like you by giving kids the highest quality care, close to home.

Finding highly skilled care for respiratory illness, cold and flu this season.

As parents, our children are at the center of our lives. And when it comes to their health, we need a place that puts them at the center, too. At UM Health-Sparrow Children’s Center, highly skilled pediatric specialists partner to treat kids, and only kids, for any possible medical issue. And that includes expert care, close to you, right now during cold and flu season. 

To learn more about RSV, how to prevent the spread, and what to consider before heading to the Emergency Department, hear from the experts at UM Health-Sparrow’s Children’s Center on what you should know.

To get the facts about Flu, visit And to find a location near you for same day care, visit

The most advanced pediatric healthcare facilities in the region

UM Health-Sparrow Children’s Center is home to Mid-Michigan’s only Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU). The RNICU is the regional destination for critically ill infants and premature babies who need some extra support.

If you are currently a patient elsewhere, our specially trained ground transport crew and care team will help bring your baby to UM Health-Sparrow, where our experienced team of neonatologists can provide your baby with the expert care he or she needs. 

UM Health-Sparrow also offers the region’s only full-service emergency room for children. The Granger Pediatric Emergency Room is specially designed, equipped, and staffed to support the unique needs of children and their families.

When it comes to caring for your child’s health, we’re a team

At the UM Health-Sparrow Children’s Center, our goal is family-centered pediatric care that keeps parents involved and informed. During daily rounds, you can talk one-on-one with your care team. And we keep your child’s chart right at the bedside, so you can easily review his or her diagnosis, lab results and plan of care. 

We want to make sure the whole family feels comfortable. The children’s clinic is designed with fun, kid-friendly decor and a dedicated playroom, plus a teen lounge with books, gaming and air hockey. 

Most importantly, our dedicated pediatric caregivers have received a five-star award for the quality of care for 2019 inpatient pediatric services by Professional Research Consultants. In 2019, we were ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide for overall quality of care.

More community and more resources to help families like yours

We know that supporting your child through an illness can feel like a daunting journey. But with the help of UM Health-Sparrow support staff — and the whole Mid-Michigan community — you won’t be alone. 

The children’s health center staff includes Child Life specialists who help children manage anxiety about medical procedures, deal with the stress of a hospital stay or handle any other health-related challenges.  

Our volunteers are also here to help. The Davies Project provides transport for sick kids in Mid-Michigan. Former RNICU parents volunteer as mentors and guides to help current RNICU parents cope. We even get a twice-weekly visit from a top-notch team of certified therapy dogs. 

Families with a little longer to travel can rely on the nearby Ronald McDonald House, which provides any caregiver of a hospitalized child with a welcoming place to stay, whatever their financial circumstances.

Clinical Services

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Cleft Palate Clinic

This clinic for children who have cleft lip and/or palate or other facial malformations meets once a month. Each visit lasts approximately 4 hours. Each child is
Sparrow Developmental Assessment Clinic (DAC)

Developmental Assessment Clinic (DAC)

The Developmental Assessment Clinic (DAC) provides interdisciplinary screening for infants who have been discharged from the NICU and meet the criteria for followup,
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Pediatric Cardiology

UM Health-Sparrow has partnered with one of the nation’s top congenital heart programs, Michigan Medicine, for your child’s heart care.
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Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic

Our expert, compassionate staff will work with you, your child and your child's physician to create a comprehensive treatment plan to help your child take control
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Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic

Diagnosis and treatment for infants, children and adolescents with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas.
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Pediatric Hematology

UM Health-Sparrow Children's Center provides a full range of health care services to infants, children and adolescents with problems of the blood and blood-forming tissues.
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Pediatric Myelodysplasia Clinic

The Myelodysplasia Clinic serves infants, children, adolescents and young adults of mid-Michigan who have spina bifida or other neural tube defects. The most common
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Pediatric Nephrology Clinic

Pediatric Nephrology provides diagnosis and treatment for infants, children and adolescents with diseases of the kidney and lower urinary tract. This includes children
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Pediatric Oncology

Our multidisciplinary pediatric cancer team provides quality, developmentally based care using state-of-the-art treatment based on national protocols.
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Pediatric Outpatient Surgery (POPS)

POPS provides care for patients age 17 and younger who are having outpatient surgery or having an outpatient services such as diagnostic procedures and chemotherapy
Pediatric Rehabilitation

Lansing Pediatric Rehabilitation

Lansing Pediatric Rehabilitation services provide evidence-based care from birth to 18 years of age.
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Pediatric Surgery Clinic

Pediatric surgeons specialize in the surgical care of children. After completing training and achieving board certification in general surgery, pediatric surgeons
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Inpatient Pediatric Care Units

UM Health-Sparrow has earned a reputation as a leader in pediatric care and with the recent partnership with Michigan Medicine, now we have even more access to specialized pediatric care and treatments. Families from throughout Mid-Michigan turn to us to care for their ill or injured children, and our pediatric inpatient units receive more than 40,000 visits annually. 

Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU)

The RNICU at UM Health-Sparrow Children's Center provides intensive around-the-clock care for premature newborn babies and sick full-term babies.
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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides major medical, surgical, and trauma care for children to age 18 from throughout Mid-Michigan
Granger Pediatric Emergency Department

Granger Pediatric Emergency Department

The Granger Pediatric Emergency Department is Mid-Michigan’s only emergency room designed, equipped and staffed specifically to meet pediatric needs.
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Pediatric Subspecialty

The pediatric subspecialties available at UM Health-Sparrow Children's Center enable us to provide comprehensive care for even the most complex pediatric medical and surgical needs.


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Pediatric Nutrition Education

UM Health-Sparrow offers individual nutrition counseling for children and their family care providers
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Pet Therapy Program

Certified therapy dogs visit UM Health-Sparrow Pediatrics twice a week. The dogs bring smiles to the young patients' faces even though the children may not feel well or are
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Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan is a home-away-from-home for the families of seriously ill children who are hospitalized or receiving treatment.
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Child Life

Child Life Specialists focus on the optimal development of the whole child and promote coping skills for hospitalization and stressful experiences.