Sparrow Health System in Lansing laying off hundreds of employees

Sparrow Health System and a top union official confirmed Thursday that the hospital system will lay off hundreds of employees.

Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital — Michigan Nurses Association Vice President Kevin Glaza said in an email to the State Journal that Sparrow officials notified the union its members will be affected by job cuts.

“PECSH-MNA has been informed of hundreds of job cuts being rolled out across Sparrow Health System. Some of these cuts will affect the (union), which represents about 2,200 registered nurses and healthcare professionals,” Glaza wrote.

Sparrow spokesperson Corey Alexander confirmed the layoffs late Thursday afternoon in an email, and said the job cuts would impact “several hundred roles.” Most reductions, he wrote, will target leadership and non-patient care roles. Some clinical jobs will be affected, but in places with low patient volumes.