Author:

John Norton

John Norton spent more than 30 years in the newspaper business, starting as a cub reporter for the Greenville Daily News and he recently retired from the industry as publisher of the Pioneer Group in Big Rapids. Now beginning an encore career as a communications specialist for Spectrum Health, he enjoys golfing, fishing, auction sales and spending time chasing his two young grandsons.

Posts from John Norton

Patient Story

The art of mechanical medicine

Robot-assisted surgery helps a Newaygo, Michigan, man get back on the move.

Patient Story

‘It changes your relationship with food’

After suffering a severe leg injury, a Michigan man turns to a culinary medicine cooking class to focus on his health.

Patient Story

‘I’m going to get better’

Bariatric and back surgery helped a Muskegon man lose weight—and gain a new life.

Patient Story

‘A night-and-day difference’

A total knee replacement surgery has kept this avid Michigan hunter on the move.

Patient Story

‘I love you to pieces’

Life-like companion pets bring joy to nursing home residents.

Patient Story

Back in the game

After suffering severe knee injuries, a mom and her son become rehab buddies.

Patient Story

‘She made it a lot of fun’

Big Rapids nurse entertains people after they get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Patient Story

‘I’m not going to die today’

A rapid response from multiple health teams helped a Michigan bow hunter survive a heart attack.

Love finds a way

A deceased husband’s walker mysteriously makes its way to his wife as she undergoes orthopedic rehabilitation following hip replacement surgery.

Patient Story

‘I feel good, I feel healthy’

A unique weight-management program has taken a traveling Michigan couple on the ultimate health journey.

‘Thrilled this day is finally here’

Teachers share their hopes and excitement as they line up to be among the first to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

Patient Story

‘An extension of our family’

Advanced practice providers deliver medical care to rural areas—and build strong relationships with patients along the way.