UPHS — Marquette Heroes | Joe Racine

JP Schuurhuis, Security Access Analyst in the Information Technology (IT) department at UP Health System — Marquette.

What is your role at UPHS – Marquette?
I am Grounds Lead in the Plant Operations department at UP Health System – Marquette.

What was your inspiration for getting into healthcare?
I got started in the field of healthcare almost by accident. I was working in the landscaping field, which usually ends in November. Here, there’s always work to be done. After all, we’re open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a years.

What’s a typical day like for you? What is it like working in this field?
There really is no typical day. Mother Nature plays a huge role as we plan our work each day, with everything we do is determined by the weather and seasons.

How long have you been employed here? Have you always been in the same position?
Almost 17 years. I started as a part-time groundskeeper, then moved inside and worked in housekeeping and laundry. After working as a custodian, I returned to the grounds crew and eventually became the Lead

What are some of the big changes you have experienced in this position
Taking on the Lead position has been a big change.

What are some of your interests outside of work? What is your favorite local gem?
Kayaking motorcycles, and my garden. One of my favorite places to be is camping in the Hiawatha National Forest.

What do you enjoy most about working at UPHS – Marquette?
I enjoy working with my team and having the opportunity to use my skills to help others.

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