Sparrow releases letter to staff regarding lawsuit against CEO

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Sparrow hospital has been in the news this past week after the discovery that their CEO, E.W. Tibbs was part of a sexual assault lawsuit.

Friday, Sparrow released a statement in the form of a letter to its "Caregivers and Volunteers."

Sparrow Health System Acting President and CEO Joe Ruth and Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer Michael Reinerth wrote that on behalf of the leadership team they will continue to update their staff with timely communication.

This first letter regarding Tibbs was described as an update regarding the events of the week.

"Our responsibilities to our patients, to their families and to the communities we serve require us to move out from the shadow and continue to provide the excellent care that makes Sparrow great," Ruth wrote.

Tibbs was put on paid leave earlier in the week when the story broke of his involvement in an alleged sexual assault in a Lynchburg, Virginia hotel room.


Ruth was then appointed acting president and CEO of Sparrow Health System.

On Friday, he wanted to remind the caregivers and volunteers at Sparrow that there are programs available to help through this tough time, including the CARES-EAP, Sparrow Strong, the Pastoral Care department, and the Human Resources team.

He also stated that "Sparrow Health System is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination and/or any kind of harassment – this will not be tolerated (HR Policy 0643). Sparrow has zero tolerance for harassing and abusive behavior of any kind by any Caregiver."

Read the full statement by clicking on the link to the right of this article under Related Documents.

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