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Sparrow Ionia Hospital's full service emergency department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and physician staffed at all times to treat serious injuries or dangerous symptoms.  Specially trained staff is available to provide high quality care when you need it the most.  Ionia County residents have access to the level of emergency services-expertise available at a level-one trauma center — without having to travel to Lansing or Grand Rapids.

Emergency Physicians Medical Group, PLLC (EPMG) and Sparrow Health System partnered with Sparrow Ionia Hospital to provide the physicians for the Emergency Department in Ionia.  EPMG provides services to the two emergency departments located in Lansing — Sparrow Hospital and St. Lawrence Hospital. 

Critically ill and injured patients throughout mid-Michigan have 24/7 emergency helicopter access to Sparrow Hospital main campus, thanks to Survival Flight air medical transport service. When time is of the essence, this fully equipped “ER in the sky” provides intensive care while safely speeding you or your loved on to the mid-Michigan region’s only verified Level 1 Trauma Center.

No matter where you are in Mid-Michigan, you are never far from great emergency care. Sparrow has dedicated adult and pediatric emergency departments on the Sparrow Lansing Hospital, Sparrow Clinton Hospital, and Sparrow Carson Hospital as well as Ionia.

An Important Message for Patients of the Emergency Department

In many ways we are different from a physician’s office or walk-in clinic. We use a process called triage to make sure the most serious illnesses are treated first. The Emergency staff does not treat patients on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon your arrival at the Emergency Department, you will be seen by a nurse or nursing assistant, who will evaluate your condition and assign you a triage priority. The priorities have the following meaning:

Priority 1

Life threatening condition that needs immediate medical attention (i.e. car accidents, heart attack, severe burns)

Priority 2

Urgent condition that is not life threatening (i.e. severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, asthma, minor chest pain).

Priority 3

Minor medical conditions that require treatment. A delay in treatment will not cause the condition to worsen. (i.e. back pain, cough, cold, toothache, sore throats) A patient who arrives after you, but is a higher priority, may be taken back to see the doctor before you. After you are seen by the nurse, you will return to the waiting area for registration.

The staff is here to help you. If your condition changes while in the waiting area, please let one of the staff members know.