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For the first time, Sparrow Carson Hospital has been designated as a Level IV Trauma facility, reflecting its expertise in providing advanced trauma life support prior to transferring Patients to a higher-level trauma center.

The designation from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reflects years of work by Sparrow Carson to provide the next level of quality care to Patients.

“We are proud to achieve this designation and deliver this level of trauma care. It speaks to our commitment to our Patients and the rural communities we serve” said Sara Hagerman, Emergency Department Nurse Manager.

With trauma being the leading cause of death in the United States for individuals up to age 45, this designation validates that Sparrow Carson is skilled to provide the advanced levels of care needed, including stabilization of seriously injured Patients who need to be transferred to a large trauma center.

Over the course of two years, Sparrow Carson Emergency Physicians completed Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification, the entire team participated in extensive education to improved team collaboration, and new evidence-based best practices were initiated, specific to trauma

Designation requirements go beyond Patient care in the Emergency Department. Hospitals must complete a rigorous application. Elements reviewed include relationships with local EMS, disaster protocols, access to surgical care, transfer agreements for Patients needing more comprehensive care, involvement in prevention and outreach programs in the community, and an onsite visit from surveyors.

“All these elements combined led to the formal development of Sparrow Carson Hospital’s Trauma Program and aided in advances in Patient care,” said Hagerman.

Sparrow Carson also continues to rank in the 90th percentile among like-sized hospitals nationally for Patient satisfaction.

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Sparrow Carson Hospital is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network. As mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization, Sparrow includes hospitals in Lansing, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, , Sparrow Medical Group, Sparrow Care Network, and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit