The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute (TCI)

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Location Description

Sparrow Hospital and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute (TCI) are the region’s leaders in exceptional heart and vascular care.  This unit came together in a first-of-its-kind partnership in mid-Michigan. This means an unparalleled team featuring the region’s best cardiology group, the finest clinicians and nurses, the most advanced facilities, and the leading research and clinical trials. The physicians of TCI are leaders in groundbreaking cardiac research; they having participated in hundreds of clinical trials with organizations throughout the nation. These trials allow TCI physicians to stay abreast of the latest advances in heart and vascular care, while offering patients the newest and most exciting treatment options available.  Together, Sparrow and TCI are ushering a new era in heart care for mid-Michigan.

Sparrow Health System (SHS) is a 733 bed plus tertiary care center which provides quality care to tens of thousands of people each year and is Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization and the region’s largest private employer.  Sparrow has two Lansing campuses, affiliate hospitals in St. Johns,  Carson City and Ionia, dozens of satellite care centers, two health maintenance organizations (Physician Health Plan of mid-Michigan and the Sparrow Physicians Health Plan), the Sparrow Health Science Pavilion and the highly popular Michigan Athletic Club.    Sparrow Hospital, the flagship of the Sparrow Health System, was established in 1896 and is the regional center for cancer, trauma, pediatrics, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care, and neurological care. The Sparrow Hospital emergency room is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in mid-Michigan. Sparrow St. Lawrence campus serves as the regional center for dialysis, behavioral health, hospice, and long-term acute care.

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

Lansing is Michigan's State Capital, the heart of the Great Lakes State with a population of 250K.  Since Lansing is the state capital, the influence of the state government is boasted about frequently.  Another attraction is this city offers is the big 10 school, Michigan State University (MSU).  The campus of MSU is only 5 minutes from Sparrow Hospital making it a usable resource.  Lansing has several entertainment attractions including the Breslin Center for sporting events and concerts and The Wharton Center for concerts, Broadway shows and other main attractions.  The Lugnuts, a professional minor league baseball team makes its home in Lansing at Oldsmobile Park.  For the health conscious, the Michigan Athletic Club (MAC), a division of Sparrow Health System, is available.  In addition to the traditional fitness equipment and training, the MAC has several programs for all members including winter golf programs and summer day camp programs for kids.  The MAC also contains an indoor pool. Lansing also has a Town and Country Club, The University Club.  This club hosts several events and activities for both adults and families.  Three large shopping malls are located in Lansing and contain stores such as The Gap, Macy's, Pottery Barn, and several others.  Lansing and the surrounding area have several school systems that consistently exceed averages for the State's MEAP scores.  In addition to MSU, Lansing Community College is available.