LANSING, Mich. - Sparrow has been recognized as one of the nation's top hospitals by the National Research Corporation (NRC). Based on consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings, Sparrow joins only 280 other facilities in the country's top 300 markets in being named a 2009/2010 Consumer Choice Award winner. These consumer choice awards are determined by NRC's Healthcare Market Guide Ticker study, which surveyed over 250,000 households representing more than 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. NRC's Healthcare Market Guide Ticker is the nation's largest and most comprehensive study of its kind.No other study used to measure hospital performance and preferences contains more consumer responses than NRCs study. For more information on the study, go online to hcmg.nationalresearch.com.