McLaren and Sparrow News: Expansions, Additions and Updates

Like everywhere else in the U.S., health care in Michigan is a continually growing industry. Two health care organizations in the Greater Lansing area are making sure that patients in Michigan get the care they need whether it is on a walk-in basis, via laboratory tests, or new construction to expand or create health care facilities. 

Here are some updates for McLaren Health Care and Sparrow Health System in the Greater Lansing area:

New Urgent-Care Option 

Sparrow opened a new 6,200-square-foot urgent-care facility two months ago on Michigan Avenue across from Sparrow Hospital. The center has eight rooms for examining patients, two treatment rooms, and even lab and radiology capability on-site. 

“This new urgent-care facility is part of Sparrow’s efforts to steer people away from using the emergency room for nonemergencies,” explained John Foren, spokesman for Sparrow Hospital. 

With thousands of people choosing urgent care for their health care needs these days, the new downtown Sparrow Michigan Avenue Urgent Care facility provides one more option to help patients avoid the more expensive choice of the emergency room for non-life-threatening medical needs. The new urgent-care clinic will also help patients to save time with its online check-in option, so they can avoid long waits and get messaged when it is almost time for their appointment. 

New Laboratory Facility 

Sparrow is also building a new laboratory in Lansing to help speed up the processing of lab tests such as biopsies. No time frame was given for the lab’s opening; according to Sparrow Administrative Director Jon Bake, it is the largest expansion in laboratory space in 50 years of Sparrow’s history. Sparrow labs are already in the top 25 labs in the country, as well as one of the busiest, so this new facility will be greatly beneficial to the Greater Lansing area and have a great impact on patients using it.

“The impact this will have on patient care is that patients will now be able to have their care taken care of in the local area,” said Sparrow Medical Director Dr. James Richard. “Turnaround time will also be faster. You won’t have to wait as long for results, with for example, an excess of 85 percent of biopsies results available in 24 hours.”

New Hospital Renovation in Charlotte

Another upcoming Sparrow project is a 15-month renovation of Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital (HGB) in Charlotte. Called the Promise Project, it is part of a $9 million investment Sparrow is making in health care options in the Sparrow Health System. HGB is affiliated with Sparrow, which has also made it possible for opening orthopedic service, expanding AL!VE and adding a new family practice facility in Eaton Rapids.

Renovations to HGB include replacing outdated facilities, expansion of the surgery department, moving some existing services and creating a more modern campus. It is scheduled for completion in October 2019, and that date will also mark HGB becoming Sparrow Eaton Hospital as it becomes a full member of the Sparrow Health System.

McLaren to open new hospital 

McLaren is also undergoing changes geared toward better serving Michigan patients, including a $450 million project in South Lansing to consolidate two existing hospital facilities into a brand-new health care property next to Michigan State University. Additionally, McLaren and MSU are expanding their partnerships on research, education and clinical services.

The new health care campus will be created at MSU Foundation’s University Corporate Research Park between Collins Road and U.S. 127. It is scheduled to feature a 240-bed state-of-the-art hospital, a cancer center and an ambulatory care center with more than 1,000 doctors, researchers, teachers and other medical and academic teams. It is expected to open in 2021.

New Robotic Surgical System

McLaren Oakland recently acquired a new state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi Surgical System – a type of robotic-assisted surgery used in minimally invasive procedures in gynecology, urology thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. The advantage of that type of surgery is that it can make much tinier incisions than human hands as well create 3D-imaging, resulting in less pain, less blood loss, less infections,
fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay for patients.

New Support for Breastfeeding Mothers 

McLaren Bay Region Family BirthPlace is meeting the increased demand for more resources for lactation support with more hours and more space. The breastfeeding clinic is headed by Rebecca Morgan, a registered nurse with nearly 14 years of experience as a board-certified lactation consultant. Mothers can schedule appointments for one-to-one consults, and while the clinic takes most insurance, it will also not turn anyone away due to inability to pay.

The bottom line is that Sparrow and McLaren are undergoing these and other changes to help keep up with new technology and services in the health care arena so that the people of Michigan can get the best possible care now and in the future.


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