Lansing Man transferred to Sparrow for Leading-Edge Care

Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2023

LANSING, MI – After weeks of intense treatment in Ohio following a horrific accident on the Ohio Turnpike, Sparrow leaders have helped 21-year-old Jacob Taylor of Lansing return home for care at Sparrow Specialty Hospital.

Several Sparrow caregivers and board members worked behind-the-scenes to help bring Jacob back to Lansing following the Dec. 23 46-car turnpike pileup that killed four people, including Jacob’s girlfriend, Emma Smith, 19, of Webberville. Jacob, his parents, Lisa and Mark Taylor, and two sisters, Josie and Jordan, were admitted to Ohio hospitals with serious injuries after the crash.

While Jacob’s parents and siblings have been released from the Ohio hospitals, his injuries required a longer length of stay in a facility like Sparrow Specialty Hospital, with highly skilled experts trained to treat patients with severe trauma, improve their quality of life, and aid in their recovery.

“The Sparrow family did not hesitate to get right to work and collaboratively support Jacob following this unfortunate situation,” said Tina Gross, President and Chief Nursing Officer for Sparrow Specialty Hospital. “We are honored Jacob’s family has entrusted Sparrow Specialty Hospital with the task of providing him leading-edge and compassionate care.”

Jacob’s father, Mark, said: “Though Jacob has a long recovery ahead of him, thanks to Sparrow Specialty Hospital, his care and progress has exceeded our expectations.”

Sparrow Specialty Hospital is a 30-bed long-term acute care facility designed for patients who need intense, extended care services to heal from traumatic injuries and other serious or medically complex conditions.  To learn more about Sparrow Specialty Hospital, visit Sparrow.Org/SSH.


Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and 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, visit