Michigan Medicine, Sparrow Health System sign affiliation agreement

March 29, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

On Thursday, the board of regents approved a master affiliation agreement between Michigan Medicine and Sparrow Health System, paving the way for ongoing collaboration between the two systems.

The first implementation of the agreement will be a joint venture integrating the pediatric services offered through Sparrow Children’s Center in Lansing. The joint venture is expected to launch in early May.

“It’s a privilege to partner with Sparrow to provide care for children and families in the communities of mid-Michigan,” said Chris Dickinson, M.D., interim executive director of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “Our commitment is always to keep care close to home for families, and this relationship will help us do that.”

Mott already provides pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric surgery services through clinics at the Sparrow Medical Professional Building. The new relationship is expected to strengthen existing clinical partnerships and create additional pediatric specialty service availability in the communities Sparrow serves.

The second implementation of the affiliation agreement is expected to be a minority investment by Michigan Medicine in Sparrow’s health plan, Physicians Health Plan. This investment is expected to be completed in the next six months and more information will be shared once available.

The affiliation agreement also signals an intention to work together on future opportunities that may be developed by teams of physicians and leaders from both systems.

Both organizations will now appoint representatives to an oversight committee that will approve all proposed cooperative agreements, and to teams that will work on specific proposals.

Sparrow Health System includes hospitals in Lansing, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Physicians Health Network, the Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Read the full press release and find more information at sparrow.org.