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Sparrow Health System to Have a New Name Next Year 

A new chapter that began for Sparrow Health System this past April will be christened with a new title next April. 

Sparrow Health System will become University of Michigan Health-Sparrow effective April 1, 2024, as part of Sparrow joining the Michigan Medicine clinical network. 

According to Sparrow leaders, they selected the new name to leverage the strength of the University of Michigan worldwide brand with the historical significance of the Sparrow brand.   

“University of Michigan Health-Sparrow reflects a partnership going forward, building on the equity of both brands,” said James Dover, Sparrow president and CEO. “Sparrow has an unmatched reputation in mid-Michigan, while U-M Health is the preeminent health system in Michigan. The new name highlights a continued commitment to bringing patients the right care at the right time at the right place, closer to home.” 

Sparrow joined University of Michigan Health in April 2023, contributing to what is now a $7.8 billion organization, the second-largest health system in the state. 

According to Dover, more information will be provided later on the new names of individual entities within Sparrow. 

Sparrow will continue to be known as Sparrow Health System in internal and external communications until April 1, 2024, when the new name becomes official. 

Sparrow has more than 120 sites of care and is one of the largest health systems in Michigan, with about 10,000 caregivers and approximately 600 employed primary-care providers and specialists. With the addition of Sparrow, University of Michigan Health now oversees more than 200 care sites across the state and has grown to a $7 billion organization.   

University of Michigan Health has committed $800 million in investment to Sparrow, which will be funded through hospital operations and strategic investments over eight years. The new agreement builds upon the successful partnership formed through University of Michigan Health at Sparrow Children’s Center, as well as University of Michigan Health’s investment in Sparrow’s health plan, Physicians Health Plan.  

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