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Sparrow Health Expected to Join U of M Health

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Sparrow Health System will join University of Michigan Health under a proposed agreement that will expand services to mid-Michigan residents, provide access to the highest level of care, improve facilities and technology, and begin a new chapter in Sparrow’s storied history.

The U-M Board of Regents approved moving ahead with the agreement at its Dec. 8 meeting, as did the Sparrow Health System Board of Directors on Nov. 28. The agreement is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023, pending final regulatory approvals and completion of the closing process.

University of Michigan Health has committed $800 million in investment to Sparrow Health System, which will be funded through facility projects, operations, and strategic investments over eight years.

According to U-M Health President David Miller, M.D., M.P.H.: “This agreement builds upon the successful partnership formed through U-M Health at Sparrow Children’s Center.”

The partnership will also build on U-M Health’s minority investment in Sparrow’s health plan, Physicians Health Plan (PHP).

PHP provides high-quality healthcare coverage to more than 70,000 members and 300 employers across Michigan and includes a Medicare Advantage plan.

Sparrow has more than 115 sites of care, including E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, community hospitals in Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, Sparrow Specialty Hospital, and nearly 500 Sparrow primary care providers and specialists serving patients across the region.

With the addition of Sparrow, U-M Health will become a $7-billion organization with more than 200 care sites across the state.