Mid-Michigan's Premier Health Care Organization
Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, has grown to become the region's largest health system, and its diverse range of facilities offer residents some of the most advanced medical technology available in the world.
Sparrow has two Lansing campuses, Sparrow Clinton Hospital in St. Johns, Sparrow Ionia Hospital in Ionia, and an affiliate hospital, Carson Health. The health system has dozens of satellite care centers. Sparrow also offers the Michigan Athletic Club, a 276,000-square-foot facility voted one of the country's top health clubs.
Sparrow's founding dates back to 1896, when the Women's Hospital Association set out to bring critical medical services to Lansing. One doctor and one nurse worked out of a rented house, while the women of the association did everything they could to support operations - including loaning their own household linens when supplies ran low.
In 1910, at a time when the expanding auto industry brought an influx of new families into the area, Edward W. Sparrow - one of Lansing's pioneer developers - donated land on East Michigan Avenue along with a gift of $100,000 to help build a new hospital. The hospital took in its first patients in 1912.