Beginning April 14, 2003, Sparrow Health System will provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices that explains our privacy practices and your rights regarding your patient information. The first time you receive care on or after April 14, 2003, Sparrow Health System will provide you with a copy of our Notice and ask you to acknowledge its receipt. Sparrow Health System may need to change its privacy policies and practices from time to time and will update the Notice accordingly. The current 2013 version of the Notice of Privacy Practices applies to the following entities and their affiliates that are members of our organized health care arrangement, (OHCA). An organized health care arrangement as defined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy regulations, addresses situations in which a number of independent entities are clinically or financially integrated, and need to be able to exchange protected health information (PHI) among themselves to accomplish the functions for which they have formed. The Notice describes the privacy practices of Sparrow Health System. Sparrow Health System includes the following individual entities:

  • Sparrow Hospital which includes all departments and units of Sparrow Hospital such as:
    • Community Care
    • Sparrow Cancer Center
    • Sparrow Emergency Department
    • Sparrow Family Health Center
    • Sparrow Hospice Services
    • Sparrow Medical Group
    • Sparrow Weight Management Center
    • Sparrow Regional Children’s Center
    • Sparrow Regional Diabetes Center
    • Sparrow Regional Laboratories
    • Women’s Health Center of Sparrow
  • The Medical Staff of Sparrow Hospital and any other health care professional authorized to enter information into your Sparrow Hospital patient chart.
  • Sparrow Specialty Hospital, the Medical Staff of Sparrow Specialty Hospital and any other health care professional authorized to enter information into your Sparrow Specialty Hospital patient chart.
  • Sparrow Clinton Hospital, Emergency Department, the Medical Staff of Sparrow Clinton Hospital and any other health care professional authorized to enter information into your Sparrow Clinton Hospital patient chart.
  • Sparrow Ionia Hospital, Emergency Department, the Medical Staff of Sparrow Ionia Hospital, and any other health care professional authorized to enter information into your Sparrow Ionia Hospital patient chart.
  • Sparrow Carson Hospital, Emergency Department, the Medical Staff of Sparrow Carson Hospital, and any other health care professional authorized to enter information into your Sparrow Carson Hospital patient chart.
  • All employees and independent contractors of the Sparrow Health System entities.
  • Any member of a volunteer group we allow to help provide services to you.

All the persons, entities, sites and locations listed above (collectively “we” “our” or “Sparrow Health System” or individually “Sparrow Health System facility”) follow the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices. In addition, these persons, entities, sites and locations may share information about you with each other for the treatment, payment or health care operations purposes described in this Notice.

You may view the Notice of Privacy Practices by clicking here. You may also ask for a copy of our current Notice at any time in any of the patient registration areas, including clinics, and it is publicly posted in a number of places. Or, you may call (517) 364-2161 to request a copy of the Notice be mailed or emailed to you (please provide appropriate contact information).

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