Ionia Nurses Receive Top Grades for Patient Communication

Published: August 2, 2023

IONIA, MI – Nurses at Sparrow Ionia Hospital have received a five-star rating for the incredible way they communicate with patients and listen to their needs.

Becker's Hospital Review, a medical industry trade magazine that reports on, as well as conducts, its own research on healthcare gave Sparrow Ionia, along with Sparrow Carson and Eaton hospitals, five stars for nurse communication. Nurses from University of Michigan Health also received five stars. Sparrow is part of U-M Health.

The five-star ranking was based on data compiled from three survey questions that summarize how well patients feel their nurses clearly explained things, listened carefully to the patient, and treated the patient with courtesy and respect.

“It is wonderful that the community has recognized Sparrow Ionia nurses for the skilled, kind and compassionate care that they provide to our patients,” said Sparrow Ionia Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Harris, MSN, RN.  “I am so proud of our nurses. Ionia County is lucky to have such amazing nurses working here.”

To build their assessment, Becker’s used Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) data from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS shares 10 HCAHPS star ratings based on publicly reported measures. The star rating is based on survey data collected from hospital patients from July 2021 through June 2022.

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Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. John, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is part of University of Michigan Health. Through the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information,