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This week on Focal Point, we’re live from a local flower shop to see how people are sharing the love on Valentine’s Day. Over the weekend, the Lansing Women’s Expo celebrated 20 years with more than 300 attendees. The Lansing Pup House celebrates Valentine’s Day with their pets during speed dating for dogs.  In entertainment, the 92nd Oscar’s had a lot of firsts and Justin Bieber returns from a four-year hiatus with a new album. 

This and more on this episode of Focal Point.

Eastern High building sold; campus to move

By Jaylyn Galloway
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Eastern High School will close its doors for good in five years after the Lansing School Board of Education approved the selling of the school to Edward Sparrow Hospital Association. On Jan. 20 the board voted to sell the high school to Sparrow for $2.5 million after the hospital outbid Capital Area Housing Partnership by about $1 million. The purchase didn’t seem to come as a shock to the students that attend the  school. “We knew it was coming,” Ericia Hoffman, a senior at Eastern, said.

New Sparrow Medical Offices

By Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-A $20 million addition of medical offices through Sparrow Hospital will begin this spring near Lansing’s Frandor Shopping Center. On Feb. 10, the Lansing Township board approved the project that has been in the works for two years that will include three doctor services, two general practices, physical therapy, an endoscopy procedural suite, X-ray and MRI services, and a drive-thru pharmacy, as well as a dentist parramatta. Bill Laurain, the executive director of facilities development at Sparrow Hospital, has high hopes for this project. “It should really help the neighborhood and make services closer to our patients.

Sparrow to expand in Lansing on old elementary school grounds

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

Sparrow Health System has the go-ahead to build a new cancer center and parking structure, the Lansing City Council decided on Feb. 23, 2015. The new additions will be located on the south side of East Michigan Avenue, west of the current Sparrow Professional Building. This project is estimated to cost $64 million and will consist of a five-story professional building with a four-story parking structure in a total of 132,000 sq. feet, according to Sparrow’s rezoning application.

Sparrow Hospital and Carson Health continue toward full integration

By Josh Thall
The Lansing Star

Lansing — Sparrow Hospital and Carson Health are working on a deal to fully merge with each other to be able to profit from the other’s strengths. Carson Health has been an affiliate of Sparrow Hospital since 1997. The two boards have signed a letter of intent and hope to have a formal agreement to integrate by the end of 2014, according to a press release issued by Sparrow. Director of Marketing for Carson Health Jaime Cassady said Sparrow has owned between 30 and 35 percent of Carson Health since 1997, and  the two sides have had a strong relationship since then. Carson Health, located in Carson City which is approximately 47.5 miles northwest of

Lansing is much smaller than Sparrow.

The Soup Spoon Café offers a spoonful of local taste

Fulfilling a need in the Michigan Avenue corridor

Nick Gavrilides chose Michigan Avenue as the location for The Soup Spoon Café to appeal to business people seeking a lunch option besides bar food. Many perceived the independent Lansing restaurant located at 1419 E. Michigan Ave. as a breath of fresh air when it arrived seven years ago. “It was filling a need that was necessary here on Michigan Avenue,” general manager Keith Buchele said. According to Buchele, owner Gavrilides lived in Lansing his entire life except for his time in culinary school.

Few hospice services for dying children in mid-Michigan

By YANJIE WANG
Capital News Service
LANSING — When her son Charlie was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer at 2, Abigail Waller didn’t find any pediatric hospice in her community of East Lansing, or elsewhere in mid-Michigan. Charlie now is 4, and Waller said although he is doing well with medication, it doesn’t change the prognosis that there is no cure. Thanks to Charlie’s case, however, Sparrow Hospital is piloting a collaborative program for its pediatrics department to address the need of hospice care only for children, said Michelle Wiseman, director of Sparrow Hospice and Palliative Care Services. “Big metropolitan cities like Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Detroit have pediatric hospice, but here in Lansing the problem is we don’t have enough children,” she said. Wiseman said Sparrow takes pediatric hospice case by case, and Charlie is its first patient.

Citizens still unhappy over hours cut at urgent care

By Lauren Kroll
Mason Times staff writer

MASON — Last November, Sparrow Urgent Care decided to cut two full hours of their operation time each day.The Mason location is now open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. instead of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Residents and emergency response units must now go 17 miles away to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing if they go to the Mason location outside of the daily hours of operation. Mason Ctiy Administrator Martin Colburn was not happy when the change was first announced.  Colburn told the Mason Times last December that “Mason residents are very frustrated with Sparrow that it would close and lock its doors on us.  People have seen the reduction of services to our community.”

Colburn said via email on January 31 that there was nothing new to report regarding the hour changes and that he will still fight to get them back but that Sparrow Health is not budging. Sparrow representative John Foren said that the change will help the hospital transfer doctors from Okemos to the Mason urgent care.

New holiday on the East Lansing calendar

By Daniele Owens
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

East Lansing City Council passed a proclamation recognizing that July 17 is National Cancer Survivor Day honoring the survivors and fighters of cancer. East Lansing City Clerk Nicole Evans said that city officials passed the proclamation because they wanted to  show support for making people aware and educate them about cancer. “East Lansing is a close-knit community and we support our residents and each other,” said Evans. Sharolyn Gonzalez, the outreach manager of Sparrow Hospital Cancer Center, and a uterus and breast cancer survivor, said that she is happy that East Lansing is participating in the joyous celebration. “There have been great strides made,” she said.