University of Michigan Health-Sparrow Rehabilitation Center Ionia

University of Michigan Health-Sparrow Rehabilitation Center Ionia

Advancing physical rehabilitation services for the people of Ionia County and beyond

Specialized rehabilitation care is essential to the overall health of a community. UM Health-Sparrow is proud to create UM Health-Sparrow Rehabilitation Center Ionia, a new, expanded facility that will provide exceptional care tailored to all ages, from pediatrics to senior adults, close to home.


A larger facility (205 S. DEXTER ST., IONIA, MI)

The relocation of UM Health-Sparrow Rehabilitation Center Ionia to a newly renovated building will increase the size of this facility from 1,400 square feet to 7,524 square feet. This new building will allow for comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology therapy, and pain management to operate under one roof.

Care close to home

UM Health-Sparrow Rehabilitation Center Ionia increases services to our region and ensures access for our community, reducing the need to travel far for care. This expansion will ensure continuity of care for our patients who have experienced injury, illness, chronic pain and surgery, providing them essential services to regain strength and health.

Expanded Services

Pediatric Services
Early intervention with physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy will drastically improve the lives of young patients who struggle with functional tasks in school and at home due to impairments in communication, cognition, walking/running and reaching pediatric developmental milestones.
Student-Athlete Services
Expanded facilities will better support rehabilitation and a safe return-to-play for young athletes who are injured during sporting or recreational activities. Additional space will allow improved testing and objective outcome measures like running, jumping and climbing to assess each student’s ability to resume their favorite sports safely and reduce the risk of re-injury.
Work Injury Rehabilitation
This new center will offer rehabilitation and functional capacity examinations for employers whose workers have been injured on the job, helping them return to work stronger, safely.
Pain Management
Our comprehensive pain management team works to actively improve patients' lives by treating the physical, functional, emotional and psychological needs of those with acute and chronic pain, including headaches and back pain. Skilled clinical staff are trained in therapies including interventional pain management, pain psychology, occupational therapy, Botox procedures for chronic headaches, joint injection, medication management and anti-inflammatory diets.
Post-Stroke and Post-Injury Support
A functional rehabilitation kitchen will allow patients to practice skills like cooking and cleaning just as they would in their own home, providing a safe environment to practice these difficult activities.


By repurposing an existing building, this undertaking transforms a previously vacant space to a vibrant community asset. This project has already received USDA grant funding and support from generous lead donors. Your gift will help pave the way to make this new facility a reality.

In the News

WKAR covers the $1 million dollar grant the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded to UM Health-Sparrow Ionia Hospital to support expanded health care services for Ionia and surrounding rural communities.

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard covers how facility updates and expansions will improve rural health care in Michigan, and the local impact of this undertaking.

The Daily News covers a sneak peek event for UM Health-Sparrow Rehabilitation Center Ionia, hosted by UM Health-Sparrow Ionia Hospital and the UM Health-Sparrow Foundation.

Levels of Support and Naming Opportunities

Facility projections are updated as of November, 2022. While this facility is now open and operating, donor support remains vital. For questions on additional opportunities, please contact UM Health-Sparrow Foundation at 517-364-3620 or at All funds and gifts stay local, making a difference right here in Mid-Michigan.

Investment Location Availability
$2,500,000 Naming of Rehabilitation Center 1
$1,000,000 Project Partner Generously funded
$250,000 Waiting Room 1
$250,000 Rehabilitation Gym 1
$100,000 Occupational Therapy Area & Rehabilitation Kitchen 1
$100,000 Pediatric Gym Generously funded
$75,000 Pediatric Sensory Room Generously funded
$75,000 Team Member Breakroom 1
$75,000 Reception/Check out 1
$50,000 Pediatric Private Treatment Room 1
$50,000 Therapist Chartwork Area 1
$50,000 Pain Management Procedure Room 1
$50,000 Pain Management Recovery Area 1
$25,000 Private Treatment Room 3
$25,000 Manager Office 1
$25,000 Endowed Fund to Support Pain Management, Orthopedics, or Neurology Services 3
$10,000 Treatment Tables 7
$5,000 Recognition on Donor Signage Unlimited
$1,000 Recognition on Campaign Signage Unlimited

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