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Sparrow Ionia Hospital

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Location Description

Sparrow Ionia Hospital, an affiliate of Sparrow Health System, is a 25-bed critical access hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Sparrow Ionia Hospital is the only hospital in Ionia County (population of 60,000) and located between Lansing and Grand Rapids, off the 1-96 corridor.  A full range of clinical services, including many innovative programs generally found only in large urban hospitals are available to everyone in this rural community.   The Emergency Department is staffed with Emergency Medicine, Board Certified physicians, the same group that staffs the Emergency Department at Sparrow in Lansing. 

Sparrow is proud to be Michigan’s first member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, a formal collaboration that will help Mayo Clinic and Sparrow provide the best possible care for mid-Michigan. Through this formal collaboration, Sparrow Physicians have direct access to the latest Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care resources. Sparrow was named one of the best–performing health systems in the nation in a prestigious annual study released by Thomas Reuters and Modern Healthcare. SHS was nationally ranked in the top 20 percent of medium-sized health systems and was the only health system in the mid-Michigan region to earn this recognition.   Sparrow Hospital has also earned the nation’s most prestigious honor for nursing achievement and excellence: Magnet Designation. Considered the “gold standard” for nursing care in hospitals, Magnet status is held by only about six percent of American Hospitals.  Sparrow is ranked first in the health care industry and 16th overall among all U.S. companies on the 2012 Information Week 500 list of top technology innovators.  To be considered for the IW500, companies with annual revenue of at least $250 million complete a rigorous application on their businesses technology strategies, which are reviewed by a panel of editors who make the rankings.

Every year, through 38 residency programs established in partnership with Michigan State University’s Colleges of  Human and Osteopathic Medicine, the committed clinicians at SHS help train approximately 210 residents.  On February 23, 2009 Sparrow and Michigan State University signed a formal affiliation that has improved the region’s health care by increasing research opportunities, attracting sub-specialist physicians and enhancing medical and nursing education.  The agreement includes the commitment to develop collaborative efforts to constantly improve the quality of care in the region, achieve national benchmarks in patient care, enhance service and access, establish a joint institutional review board to streamline the review of potential research projects, and an emphasis on attracting new medical research and clinical trials to the region.

Nicotine-Free Hiring Policy

Effective May 1, 2011, Sparrow Health System has a nicotine-free hiring policy.  As part of a pre-employment drug screen and physical test, all new Caregivers will be tested for nicotine. 

Individuals whose pre-employment physical results are verified positive for tobacco/nicotine use will be disqualified from employment, their job offer will be rescinded, and they will be disqualified from applying for employment for ninety (90) days from the date of the health screening.

Sparrow promotes a health and safe environment for all Caregivers, Physicians, Volunteers, Patients and Visitors.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

In support of a diverse workforce, Sparrow encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.  Sparrow is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

Community Description

The City of Ionia is situated along the Grand River, midway between Lansing and Grand Rapids, it is within easy access of interstate transportation (I-96) and state highways (m-66, M-21).  Both Kent County International Airport and Lansing Metropolitan Airport are a short drive away.  

Living in Ionia County is to live with traditional values – a great place to raise a family and enjoy the quiet pace, punctuated with hometown celebrations and plenty of opportunity for recreation and entertainment as well. Local theater, movies, music, golf, tennis, horse trails, canoeing, fishing, sledding, cross-country ski trails, great parks, and more…so much to do and so little time!

 Service clubs, youth organizations and churches all take an active leadership role in their community. Healthcare providers are extremely involved in making life better for everyone. With the support of the Ionia County Economic Alliance the business and industrial entities in the area are driven to help develop jobs and economic growth. The Public Safety and governmental sectors are dedicated to service and progress.  Ionia County residents are offered first-class educational resources for learners of all ages. The Ionia Educational Center in Ionia offers a blend of high school courses, college credits, and vocational training.  All these different segments work together to make the Ionia County, with a population of over 60,000, a great place to live and work.

 Ionia County is proud of its rich cultural identity, providing residents with year-round entertainment.  Community theaters, antique markets, Harvest Festivals, and Christmas Parades are just a few of the ways residents take advantage of all Ionia County has to offer. The 48 acre Ionia Fairgrounds is host to a variety of attractions throughout the year including, concerts, auto shows, conventions, and the perhaps the most popular, the Ionia Free Fair. Over 500,000 people flock to enjoy internationally known performers, horse and tractor pulls, stock car races, agricultural and home arts exhibits, commercial displays, and mouth-watering food! 

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