Thank you, John Ballew, for 31 years of dedicated service to UMHS

Today, the Health System celebrated John Ballew, director of Health System Facilities Planning. After 31 years of dedicated service to the University of Michigan Health System, John is retiring and relocating to Durango, Colorado.

John’s expertise as a nationally certified professional architect has been invaluable over the past three decades, especially as the organization has made many critical decisions regarding space allocation, leaseholds, new facility development and existing facility renovations.  John played a leadership role in the planning and design of the U-M Cardiovascular Center, the expansion of the Kellogg Eye Center and the C. S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital replacement project.

John’s humor and talents will be greatly missed, but his imprint surrounds us in all of the buildings he has helped to create and improve. Of course, we couldn’t let him go without a little fun. Since Tony Denton and I couldn’t be at John’s retirement reception today, we made him a video (with a lot of help from our in-house videographer and producer, Natasha Arnold). Take a look:

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