Sparrow reaching final phase of emergency department expansion

Published: Feb. 6, 2009

LANSING, Mich. - Sparrow today announced that it is in the final phase of the Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department expansion project. The new Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department, part of the Sparrow Tower unveiled to the community in January 2008, already features the most advanced life-saving technology and the only 24-hour pediatric emergency department available in the region. It is the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center.

Once the project is completed, the emergency department will have increased in bed capacity from the 34 available in the old emergency department to 67, making it one of Michigan's largest emergency departments.

Beginning May 4, Sparrow Hospital will eliminate redundant services by closing the urgent care facility that is located in the hospital's Michigan Avenue South Wing and consolidate urgent care services into the greatly expanded Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department. At that same time, Sparrow will be asking that all EMS and ambulance services direct emergency ambulance transport only to the Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department.

The St. Lawrence Emergency Department, which is located just 1.9 miles away from the Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department, will continue to accommodate the needs of the community by caring for emergency patients 24 hours-a-day.

As part of the completion of the emergency department, Sparrow will begin a comprehensive community education campaign to ensure that residents know about their options for urgent care and emergency services