JEAN A. BALZ

Driven by her mission of providing the best patient care possible, Jean A. Balz spent more than three decades as a physician’s assistant before retiring. She started in the position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and moved between NMCSD, Fargo Clinic-MeritCare, and the Gunderson Health System before settling down at the Marshfield Clinic in 1999. Ms. Balz remained there until the end of her professional career in 2011. Over the years, her responsibilities entailed coordinating patient data and interacting with various staff members, patients, and their families. She is proud to have built a reputation for standing up for what she believed in, regardless of whether it was the popular opinion, and for advocating for what was best for her patients.

When Ms. Balz wasn’t working, she was very active in her community. She authored numerous research papers, and served in roles like district vice commander, district adjutant, county commander, and post commander for Post Four of the American Legion, as well as treasurer of the Aid Association for Lutherans. Some of her other notable positions included youth adviser for the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson Grant Project through the City of Fargo, adviser of the Explorer Scouts, member of the Disaster Board for Fargo-Morehead City, adviser and member of the board of directors for St. Luke’s Medical Explorers Post through the Boy Scouts of America, and member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity International. Additionally, Ms. Balz has been a council member for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a volunteer leader of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and deputy medical examiner for Marathon County.

Driven by her mission of providing the best patient care possible, Jean A. Balz spent more than three decades as a physician’s assistant before retiring. She started in the position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and moved between NMCSD, Fargo Clinic-MeritCare, and the Gunderson Health System before settling down at the Marshfield Clinic in 1999. Ms. Balz remained there until the end of her professional career in 2011. Over the years, her responsibilities entailed coordinating patient data and interacting with various staff members, patients, and their families. She is proud to have built a reputation for standing up for what she believed in, regardless of whether it was the popular opinion, and for advocating for what was best for her patients.

When Ms. Balz wasn’t working, she was very active in her community. She authored numerous research papers, and served in roles like district vice commander, district adjutant, county commander, and post commander for Post Four of the American Legion, as well as treasurer of the Aid Association for Lutherans. Some of her other notable positions included youth adviser for the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson Grant Project through the City of Fargo, adviser of the Explorer Scouts, member of the Disaster Board for Fargo-Morehead City, adviser and member of the board of directors for St. Luke’s Medical Explorers Post through the Boy Scouts of America, and member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity International. Additionally, Ms. Balz has been a council member for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a volunteer leader of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and deputy medical examiner for Marathon County.

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