Sparrow Eaton Hospital names new president

Helen Johnson Eaton President

Published: November 17, 2020

LANSING, MI – Sparrow is pleased to announce that Helen Johnson, FACHE, has been named President of Sparrow Eaton Hospital, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Helen comes to Sparrow from Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, where she has spent the past 15 years as a key member of the regional hospital’s executive team, serving as Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and twice as Interim President.

Helen has 30 years of progressive leadership experience, making a genuine impact on the organizations and communities she’s served. She brings a broad range of skills in operations, team-building, strategic planning, leadership development, governance, and more, and most recently led her hospital and community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

She joins Sparrow’s newest affiliate hospital, which has net annual revenue of $60 million, a workforce of 450 caregivers, and a rich 80-year history.

Helen began her career as an Oncology nurse in Marquette, Mich., and subsequently led the development of a Hospice program, launched dozens of telemedicine sites, and assisted in the integration of a standalone community hospital into a $5-billion health system.

Helen has received numerous accolades, most notably the 2018 Healthcare Leadership Award from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. She has achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and is active in the organization’s Great Lakes Chapter.

Helen received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She and her husband, Ben, are both Michigan natives and will relocate to the Charlotte area. They have a son and daughter attending college and graduate school at the University of Michigan.


Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and 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