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John Truscott at 517.420-0551


March 13, 2019

Sparrow Statement
In regard to recent allegations against E.W. Tibbs, Jr., John Truscott issued this statement on behalf
of Sparrow Health System.

“We have been made aware of allegations against Mr. E.W. Tibbs, Jr. that occurred prior to his
employment at Sparrow. These allegations are disturbing to us and we are taking immediate
action. Effective immediately, the Sparrow Board has placed Mr. Tibbs, Jr. on paid administrative
leave pending further thorough investigation. This move will have no impact on our patients or staff
who provide such great care for our community. Also, effective immediately, current Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Ruth, has been appointed by the Sparrow Board as acting
President & CEO.”

Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that
includes hospitals in Lansing, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Physicians
Health Network, the Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan State
University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow
pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit