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For more than a century, Sparrow has been a leader in caring for children. The first hospital in mid-Michigan to offer a dedicated children's unit, Sparrow today is home to the region's only full-service pediatric emergency department. And, as the region's Children's Miracle Network hospital, Sparrow is able to provide families the most advanced technology and treatment options in pediatric and neonatal care.

The Sparrow Children's Center is a resource for young patients and their families from throughout the entire mid-Michigan region, receiving more than 54,000 visits each year. The Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan, adjacent to Sparrow Hospital, provides a home away from home for ill children and their families who come to Sparrow for care.

Sparrow is affiliated with the Michigan State University Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing, and with the University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children's Hospital. These partnerships provide access to the latest treatment options and technology, and help Sparrow attract the finest physicians in pediatric specialties, including the region's only pediatric intensivists and neonatologists.

Other Sparrow associates specially trained to work with young children include nurses with advanced training in pediatric care, and child life specialists who help children deal with sickness or injury through play, education and emotional support.