John Barnes

John Barnes is an award-winning journalist. He worked for 33 years at The Grand Rapids Press and He now writes for Spectrum Health Beat, The Detroit News and other publications. Recent awards include top honors for feature writing, coverage of justice issues, investigative reporting, enterprise writing, public service and editorial writing. The Grand Rapids-area native has four children and enjoys camping, fishing and downhill skiing.

John Barnes

Posts from John Barnes

Patient Story

Forging a new path

Shonta Frody's storied road led her to an adoptive family, a battle with leukemia, the development of a clothing line—and a true friendship with a resident doctor.

The search for a specialist

A special job placement program helps a 20-year-old find an exciting new place in pediatric patient care.

Patient Story

Saved by his stem cells

At age 17, Joshua Do had never heard of Ewing sarcoma—or the promising treatment known as autologous stem cell transplant.

Patient Story

Choosing life over leg

"Maybe I was meant to be an example," says amputee Don Lofton.

Patient Story

A reservoir of healing

With the gentle touch of an artist, RaNae Couture helps patients harness the power of creativity on the path to recovery.

Patient Story

A heart for the diamond

Surgery and a steely resolve helped Howie Glupker, 76, put his heart attack behind him and the softball field ahead.

Patient Story

Independence days

Project SEARCH teaches young adults like Jaime Blomeling about independence. "I could work here the rest of my life," Blomeling says.

Patient Story

On the ninth floor

Thomas Sikkema, who went from outfield to in-patient, is using his gift of compassion to help others find their way.

Patient Story

A search for solutions

A rheumatologist summarizes one patient's winding road to diagnosing an autoimmune disease: "It is sometimes more art than science."

‘Productive and successful’

Meet Bradley Spidell: Artist, entrepreneur, volunteer.

Un largo y fabuloso camino

A sus 26 años, el amor y la esperanza llevaron a Ayde Kuyers a recorrer una jornada de 2,200 millas desde Ciudad de México hasta Michigan.

Let your light shine

Throughout her career, Dr. Rima Shah has had to push past—and through—bias and discrimination.