Lookin’ at U – Ronnie Powell

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Ronnie Powell
Each Thursday, we feature a medical center employee. This week, we learn about:

  • Name: Ronnie Powell
  • Hometown: Omaha
  • No. of years at UNMC: 39 years

Tell us a bit about what you do here at UNMC.

I am a technician doing mechanical work and all kinds of repairs for facilities management and planning in the UNMC Department of Operations & Maintenance.

Commitment to excellence is one of UNMC’s brand values. Tell us of a time you witnessed a person or group demonstrate commitment to excellence at UNMC.

Since I’ve worked here for a long time, I see how Nebraska Medicine and UNMC really work. One time, I was in the hospital working when a patient needed a certain blood type. People were scrambling to get to the blood bank for this blood. It was an emergency. That incident really hit home to me. I realized how committed the people who work here are to provide excellent care, whether it’s directly with patients or behind the scenes, like where I work in facilities maintenance.

What is your favorite summer activity?

Walking! I’m trying to keep in shape and walking outside in the summer is great!

List three things people may not know about you.

  • I love the Chicago Bears!!
  • I love church! I am the Sunday school secretary and greeter every Sunday. I shake hands with all the people coming in.
  • I love to dress! My style is complete in one of my colorful suits, shiny shoes and a hat on my head!


  1. Ron Bechdolt says:

    Ronnie is one of the most positive, friendly people you will ever meet. If he is having a bad day, you'd never know it, goes out of his way to smile and say hi to everyone he passes.

  2. Tony sambol says:

    Ronnie is a great guy- always cheerful and ready to help you out.

  3. NWM says:

    We love your smile and your great attitude! Always appreciated your hard work!

  4. Sheryl Brietzke says:

    Ronnie Powell is a delight to work with – I have never seen him in a bad mood! Now if we could just get him to root for the Packers! 🙂

  5. bud shaw says:

    If you see Ron in the hall, I'm betting he knows your name.

  6. Peggy Slagle says:

    I don't know Ronnie personally, but frequently pass him in the hallway and he always acknowledges people and has a smile on his face. A great ambassador for Nebraska Medicine/UNMC!

  7. Robin Taylor says:

    Enjoyed seeing Ronnie in Lookin' At U— He brightens my day every time I see him. Maybe Facilities could have a dress up day and we could see Ronnie in one of his colorful suits.

  8. Jeannie Hannan says:

    Ronnie is a great guy! Always very happy and upbeat!
    Thank you Ronnie for all you do!

  9. Keith Swarts says:

    I have known Ron throughout his career at UNMC. I have always been amazed at his knowledge, positive outlook and most of al….l a total committed team player and supporter of UNMC. Ron will never say NO when asked to help or support. He is a true asset to UNMC.

  10. Peggy Moore, E-Learning Instructional Designer says:

    Three cheers to Ronnie for being featured in Lookin' a U. Ronnie makes UNMC a friendlier, caring place with his smile, eye contact and a friendly greeting each and every time we cross paths. Thanks Ronnie!

  11. Cindy Clark says:

    Who at UNMC doesn't know and love Ronnie Powell? Always friendly, calls you by name, and brightens your day! Looking forward to the day when Ronnie wears his "best dress" just to come around campus to greet us! Cindy Clark

  12. Maggie Simmonds says:

    Cool Ronnie. I enjoy seeing his smiling face on Campus!

  13. Renee Cook says:

    Ronnie is Cool….he and I go way back since 7th grade and started here in the same year.

  14. Renee Fordyce-Boyer says:

    Ronnie is and has been a great asset for UNMC! He is always cheerful, friendly and helpful. I have really appreciated having him around to help get something fixed.

  15. Karen Taylor says:

    I always look forward to running into Ron in the hallway because he is such a cheery person and always makes you feel like he can do anything! Ron your famous!

  16. Nick Eurek says:

    I don't know Ronnie but he seems like a great dude. I agree with his taste in sports team. Bear Down!!

  17. Anne Lawlor says:

    Ronnie is awesome. He's one of those people who truly makes UNMC hum.

  18. Leah Niebaum says:

    His amazing attitude is contagious. He was one of the first people I met at UNMC and paved the way for all of the other kind souls that walk this campus. Ronnie on!

  19. Cherie Kimble says:

    Ronnie's a great guy – always cheerful and friendly and always says hello.

  20. Dr. Sheritta says:

    Ron is awesome! He is always smiling when I see him and I appreciate his spirit! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  21. Ming-Fong Lin says:

    Ronnie, A wonderful person! Great to know you for 20 years since Bennet Hall, South Hall, Lied building and DRC. I appreciate.

  22. Lisa Spellman says:

    Big fan of Ronnie Powell! So glad to see him recognized in UNMC Today.

  23. Eileen Andersen says:

    What's not to like about Ronnie Powell! Keep smilin', RP ; )

  24. Wayne R. houston says:

    I grew up with Ronnie and we have a 3rd grade picture taken in front of Druid Hill Elementary. He has always had a great personality. Forty years is a long time to work here at UNMC you must have started right after we took those pictures.

  25. Charlene Tate says:

    Ronnie, you could be on a billboard for UNMC! You have a kind heart and genuine spirit. Glad to see you recognized! Your smile is contagious….keep smiling and spreading your joy on campus.

  26. Chandrakanth Are says:

    Ronnie, nice to always bump into in the halls and corridors. Well done and keep up that infectious enthusiasm.
    Chandra Are

  27. Rick Boldt says:

    Ronnie is a great friend and a fantastic team member at UNMC!!

  28. Paula Turpen says:

    Back in the day when Jim and I conducted research with frogs, Ronnie was the guy who came to fix the incubators (where the frog embryos grew) when they broke. It was such a pleasure to have him in the lab with his winning smile and chipper attitude. To this day, Ronnie always brings a smile to my face whenever our paths cross!

  29. Ken Noecker says:

    Been gone from the Med Center for 20 years but always remember Ronnie.
    Enjoyed the quick hall conversations and friendly smile.
    Ken Noecker

  30. Nikki Hackendahl says:

    Always a joy to see and visit with this man!

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