The Sparrow Tower has been renamed the Dennis A. Swan Family Tower in honor of the health system’s recently retired longtime president and CEO. The unanimous decision was made by the Sparrow Health System board of directors and was revealed in a surprise announcement at a recent reception for Swan.
“Having our family name attached to Sparrow’s 10-story tower is far beyond anything I could have ever imagined,” Swan said. “We accept this honor with humility and profound appreciation for all past and present physicians, caregivers, volunteers and donors.”
It was important that “family” be included in the name because family is so integral to Swan. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Okemos near their daughter and son-in-law, and dote on their three grandchildren.
Richard Bruner, chair of the health system board of directors, said the decision was an easy one for the board, given Swan’s impact on Sparrow and his dedication to Sparrow caregivers and the health of people in the mid-Michigan region.
“Dennis Swan was a classic servant-leader who thoroughly believed that his job was to take care of the people who take care of the people,” Bruner said. “One of the hallmarks of Dennis is that integrity is paramount to him. … We felt that the significant growth of the health system and expansion of Sparrow’s physical plant in his years of leadership could best be honored by naming the tower after him.”
The tower is one of numerous achievements during a tenure in which Swan made an indelible mark on local health care. Swan retired Dec. 31 after nearly 38 years at Sparrow, including 14 as president and CEO. He has been succeeded by E.W. Tibbs Jr.