Sparrow Distinctions

Inspired by the community, Sparrow’s Caregivers, Physicians and Volunteers all work together toward our bold vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience.

We are proud that we hold our organization to the highest standards in health care. Below are just a few examples of the wide range of the accreditations, designations and awards earned by Sparrow.

Sparrow named "High-Performing" by U.S. News & World Report

Sparrow is proudly named among the Best Hospitals in Southeastern Michigan and designated "high-performing" in nine specialty areas, according to the U.S. News & World Report of Best Hospitals for 2012-2013. This recognition not only means we are providing excellent care for our community but gives us the building blocks we need to reach our vision of being recognized as a national leader in quality and Patient experience.  High-Performing Specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology and Urology.  Read more here. 

2012 InformationWeek 500

Sparrow was ranked first for technology innovations in the healthcare industry nationwide and 16th among all U.S. companies in the 2012 InformationWeek 500 analysis. Read more here.

Michigan Quality Council’s 2012 Quality Leadership Award

Sparrow Hospital earned the Michigan Quality Council’s 2012 Quality Leadership Award. This is the highest honor for organizational performance excellence in Michigan, and Sparrow Hospital is only the eighth hospital to earn this recognition. The MQC’s Leadership award program is modeled after the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Commission on Cancer

A Commission on Cancer-Accredited Cancer Program.

Sparrow Cancer Center has been fully accredited with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer. Only 14 percent of all accredited Cancer Centers achieve this status.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, and surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care. Click here to read more

Studer Health Care Organization of the Month

Sparrow Emergency Department was honored by the Studer Group, a distinguished healthcare consulting firm, as national Health Care Organization of the Month for October 2011 for achievement, improvement and overall performance.

Accountable Care Collaborative

Sparrow is among leading health systems nationwide who have joined the Accountable Care Organization Readiness Collaborative to improve community health. Sparrow will help implement reforms that promise high-quality, patient centered care.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)’s Nurse Magnet Distinction

Sparrow Hospital has earned the nation’s most prestigious honor for nursing achievement and excellence – recognition as a Magnet Hospital by the ANCC. Considered the “gold standard” for nursing care in hospitals, Magnet status is held by only about 6 percent of hospitals nationwide.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Sparrow, in partnership with the Michigan State University Department of Surgery, is recognized by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for having a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric weight loss surgery.

Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

Sparrow Hospital has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Surgery by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement

Sparrow Hospital has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM).

Joint Commission Accreditation

Joint Commission accreditation means our organization complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care.

Occupational Health Top Provider

Sparrow Occupational Health has been designated a top provider by a leading national network of clinics based on a variety of factors, such as feedback from patients and record-keeping.

Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Dozens of Sparrow-affiliated physicians have been selected as Patient-Centered Medical Home practices by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). The physicians are recognized for using a team approach focusing on prevention and the partnership between a patient and their doctor.

A sampling of other distinctions

  • American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program award for exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care
  • American Hospital Association's (AHA) Hospital Award of Volunteer Excellence (Sparrow Volunteer Services)
  • Computerworld Honors Program Laureate, an award from the not-for-profit Compterworld Information Technology Awards Foundation recognizing organizations that have successfully made exemplary use of information technology to benefit society
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Assocation’s Ludwig Community Benefit Award for the Sparrow FIT Kids program
  • Michigan Quality Council's (MQC) 2009 Michigan Quality Leadership Awards (Sparrow Regional Medical Supply)

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