Sparrow Eaton COVID-19 testing moving from AL!VE to hospital

Published: March 22, 2023

CHARLOTTE, MI – Sparrow Eaton Hospital is relocating its COVID-19 testing site to allow for better access for patients.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 27, local residents can use designated spots on the south side of the Sparrow Eaton Hospital parking lot, near the Heritage Hall exit, to receive the PCR nasopharyngeal swab, the most accurate and dependable COVID-19 test. The new site will be open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The new COVID-19 testing location will require patients to park and call 517.541.5826 to alert the lab of their presence. Sparrow Eaton caregivers administering tests will come to the vehicle to collect the swab. Previous COVID testing at Sparrow Eaton was located at AL!VE.

“We are extremely grateful to have had the ability to use AL!VE as a drive-thru location for nearly two years. However, the need for this service has evolved and the volumes decreased,” said Suzanne Dezern, Sparrow Eaton Lab Manager. “We will continue to support offering this vital service, close to home, at the main campus of our community hospital. We are also pleased that this change will allow us to expand the hours of access for the convenience of the patient.” 

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Sparrow Eaton Hospital is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System. As Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization, Sparrow includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, 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