Sparrow Hospital is committed to giving you the very best care when you come here to deliver your baby. We are accredited by The Joint Commission after undergoing an inspection of our facilities and review of our care practices.  Sparrow collects data to show that we are following current, evidence based, best practices. Standards are rigorous, and Sparrow is constantly monitoring how we are doing and working on ways to ensure continued performance excellence.

 

Elective Delivery

The purpose of this measure is to ensure all infants who are delivered early, between 37 and 39 weeks gestation, have a medical reason to do so. Our goal is to make sure that your infant is delivered at the ideal time based on conditions you may have during pregnancy.

Performance (Q3 2015 - Q2 2016): 1%
How are we doing? Better compared to other hospitals in the state and country

C-Section Birth

The purpose of this measure is to ensure the appropriateness of cesarean sections for women who are delivering their first, full term infant, who is in vertex (head down) position.

Performance (Q3 2015 - Q2 2016): 32%
How are we doing? Slightly higher than other hospitals in the country
What are we doing to improve? We are reviewing our induction of labor practices to ensure women who need induction of labor and/or c-sections receive them. It is important to note that many women with high risk pregnancies come to Sparrow to deliver. 

Antenatal Steroids

The purpose of this measure is to ensure women who are at risk of early delivery receive steroids before delivering preterm newborns. If your baby is coming early, steroids are important to help your baby's lungs develop.

Performance (Q3 2015 - Q2 2016): 100%
How are we doing? We are performing in the top 10% of the country

Health Care-Associated Blood Stream Infections in Newborns

The purpose of this measure is to reduce the number of infants who get blood stream infections during their stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Performance (Q3 2015 - Q2 2016): 0%
How are we doing? Better compared to other hospitals in the state and country

Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding

The purpose of this measure is to improve the number of full terms infants who are fed only breast milk during their hospital admission.

Performance (Q3 2015 - Q2 2016): 56%
How are we doing? Better compared to other hospitals in the state and country
What are we doing to improve? We practice Baby Friendly principles, which include putting your baby skin to skin, having your baby room in with you, and delaying your baby’s bath until later in his/her hospital stay. In addition, we offer Lactation Consultant services to women who need additional assistance breast feeding.

General Information

  • 3,352 babies have been born at Sparrow in 2016 so far. This includes 65 sets of twins and 1 set of triplets.
  • All high risk deliveries had additional, highly trained nurses and doctors from the Neonatal Intensive Care unit present at the delivery. In 2015, this was 37% of births.
  • Sparrow receives transfers of moms and babies from hospitals across a 6 county region. In 2015, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cared for over 600 babies.