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Sparta Family Health Center

Family Practice
Our physician and physician assistants have been trained to consider the whole person, their family, and the community in which they live, not just an illness or body system. Our support staff of nurses, radiology and laboratory technicians, billing and collection specialists, and scheduling coordinators are committed to making your visit to our office a satisfactory experience for you. All of our practitioners and most of our support staff are fluent in both Spanish and English. We have access to interpreter services for other languages as needed.

As part of Mercy Health, the providers at Sparta Family Health Center have access to a wide array of specialists and services.

When our office is not open, the telephone will be answered by our answering service. If you have a life-threatening emergency, CALL 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department at the Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus. We prefer that you use these facilities when we are not open so that your personal provider can coordinate your follow-up care.

When you need to make an appointment
Please call our office to make an appointment. Our scheduling staff will ask you some questions about the problem you are having in order to allot an appropriate amount of time for your visit. Each member of our staff is aware of the importance of your time and of our providers' goal to have adequate time to take care of each patient. Confidentiality of patient information is a prime concern in our office, and your privacy will be protected at all times.

When you need services outside of our office
Our referral coordinator will help you and your primary care provider find an appropriate source for the services you may need. If you are a member of a managed care plan, the coordinator will be able to make a referral within the approved panel of providers or help you obtain permission to go outside that plan's network.

When you need a hospital
Because we are part of Mercy Health, when you need to be admitted to a hospital you will be sent to the Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus in Grand Rapids. Sparta Family Health Center patients are admitted to Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus unless there is a compelling medical reason to go elsewhere. Dr. Schneider delivers babies, and attends to all of our patients who are admitted to Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus. Follow up care and coordination is provided by Dr. Schneider and the support staff at Sparta Family Health Center.

When you need a prescription filled
First, read the label on your medication. If there are additional refills indicated on the label, go directly to the pharmacist who originally filled the prescription. If not, call our office and leave a message on the prescription refill message machine. If your provider authorizes a refill, it will be called to your pharmacy by the end of the next business day. If there are questions regarding your refill, we will call you.

Paying for your services
We participate with many health plans such as Care Choices, Priority Health, Blue Care Network, and PPOM, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and other commercial insurance carriers. There is a sliding payment scale for patients who have no insurance, or whose insurance is inadequate. Members of the billing office are available to explain the eligibility criteria.

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General Information
475 S. State Street
PO Box 50
Sparta, MI 49345
Map & Directions

Phone: 616-685-1300
Toll Free: 877-913-1300
Fax: 616-887-5989
Prescription Line: (English) 616-685-1347 or
(Spanish) 616-685-1348

Health Care Team
Physician: John Schneider, MD
Physician: Gerard Rudy, MD
Physician: Rachel Williams, MD
PA-C: Amy Werling
PA-C: Gary Detweiler

Office Hours
Monday, 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

After Hours Center
616-685-1300
Friday, 6–10 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, 1–9 p.m.