Completed Projects


Erin Sarzynski, MD, MSIntegrating Health Information Technology to Develop a Patient-Centered Approach to Medication Management

Principal Investigator: Erin Sarzynski, MD, MS, Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU)

Sparrow and MSU’s Center for Innovation and Research awarded a grant to fund the development of a mobile app that aimed to tackle an issue that causes thousands of unnecessary deaths each year.

The $75,000 grant, the first funded by the Center for Innovation and Research, was awarded to Erin Sarzynski, M.D., M.S., of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Geriatrics Division. The grant was used to develop and test a mobile app that streamlined medication management for Patients with chronic illness and encourage adherence to medication regimens...View Full Article

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Bree Holtz, PhD       

Understanding the Transition from Parent Management to Self-Management Among Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Three Perspectives

Principal Investigator: Bree Holtz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Advertising & PR. Dept. of Media & Information, Michigan State University (MSU)

* Subsequent to completion of the pilot project, the team submitted a grant proposal the the American Diabetes Association (ADA) entitled, Using an MHealth App to Transition Care of Type-1 Diabetes from Parent to Teens.  The project was selected for funding.

MSU and Sparrow’s Center for Innovation and Research has awarded nearly $9,000 in project funds to support focus groups in gathering baseline data on adolescents with Type-1 diabetes.  The data will be used to prepare a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Proposal titled: Using an mHealth app to transition care of Type-1 diabetes from parents to teens   Focus groups and interviews will include adolescents with T1D, parents of children with T1D diabetes, and pediatric diabetes nurses who care for T1D children and adolescents. The goal is to better identify what characterizes the transition period between parent management and self-management; what the biggest challenges are, what the communication is like between parents and children, and what a proposed mobile phone app could do to aid in that transition... View Full Article

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Professor to Develop App for Diabetes Management


    Carrie Heeter, PhD  

A Cybermeditation Toolkit for Hospice and Palliative Caregivers 

Principal Investigator: Carrie Heeter, PhD, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University

Meditation can relieve stress and cultivate caregiver self-regulation skills, improve ability to focus, quality of attention and authentic presence, and modify risk for and relieve symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout. Nearly 80% of hospice nurses are at moderate to high risk of developing compassion fatigue, with serious consequences for personal health and capacity to deliver quality patient care. The prevalence of burnout among US physicians is 22%. Workplace consequences of these conditions include reduced patient and family satisfaction and high absenteeism. The project has been awarded $44,866.00 in order to conduct a feasibility study to test the acceptability and early efficacy of an innovative Cybermeditation Toolkit to combat compassion fatigue and burnout in hospice and palliative caregivers... View Full Article

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Pang-Ning Tan, PhD      

Mobile Tool to Aid Health Behavior Choices

Principal Investigator: Pang-Ning Tan, PhD, College of Engineering, Michigan State University

The goal of the project is to develop and test a mobile application presenting future risks to aid patients’ health behavior choices. Researchers have been awarded $50,000.00 to improve self-efficacy and self-management activities for people with impaired glucose function and who are overweight... View Full Article

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Piper Probst, DNP, RN-BCAlarm Safety Intervention Funded by the Center for Innovation and Research

Principal Investigator: Piper Probst, DNP, RN-BC, Director, Nursing Practice, Research & Outcomes, Sparrow Health System

MSU and Sparrow’s Center for Innovation and Research has awarded $25,000 in project support to study ways to improve alarm safety, a health care priority across the nation.

The study will investigate alarm safety interventions in Sparrow’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU). As more monitoring equipment is used, there is an increase in alarms, which can result in alarm fatigue or desensitization—especially if the majority of alarms are false alarms or nuisance alarms.... View Full Article

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Susan Dunn, PhD, RNHopelessness in Racial Minority Patients with Coronary Heart Disease 

Hopelessness is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Physical inactivity is additionally responsible for increased cardiovascular events and death. Most individuals with CHD do not meet current exercise guidelines, and hopeless individuals are at particularly high risk for inactivity. Yet, little research exists describing hopelessness and its relationship to exercise in CHD patients and no research exists specific to racial minority patients.  The Center for Innovation and Research has awarded $19,822.00  to support this project... View Full Article

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Judy Arnetz, PhD, MPH, PT  

Workplace Bullying Among Nurses: An Exploration of Experiences and Perceived Root Causes  (Micro-Grant Support)

Principal Investigator: Judy Arnetz, PhD, MPH, PT, Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU)

The Center for Innovation and Research provided both $2,000.00 and $5,500.00 micro-grants for a pilot study on bullying among nurses at Sparrow Hospital. The aim of the study is to explore experiences and perceptions of the root causes of bullying among a sample of hospital nurses... View Full Article

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