Donna French: 30 years of service
Donna French began her career at St. Mark's in her twenties and recently retired after 30 years of service as a medical technologist.
Donna French basically grew up at St. Mark’s Hospital. She began her St. Mark’s service in her early twenties and recently retired after more than 30 years of service as a medical technologist. Throughout her long-term career, Donna maintained a passionate motivation to go all in with her work.
“I am the kind of person who puts in 110 percent when I do something. I’m dedicated to quality and teaching. I feel proud when I can fix a broken laboratory instrument, and I want to make a difference,” Donna said.
Donna began her time at St. Mark’s after serving in the United States Air Force for 6 years as a jet mechanic. She then earned a bachelor’s degree at Weber State University and passed a national registry exam to work as a medical technologist. Later, she earned an advanced certification in safety; thus, her badge read MTSLS (Medical Technologist with a Specialty in Lab Safety). Donna served as a safety officer from 1993 until her retirement in January 2022.
“I helped develop procedures, worked with regulatory agencies and proudly served on the hospital’s Safety Committee,” Laura said. “I even shot the fire extinguisher during a fire in the lab once!”
During her initial year at St. Mark’s, Donna moved to the graveyard shift where she was the single medical technologist working beside a single phlebotomist in the hospital’s main laboratory – showing just how much St. Mark’s has progressed, since now at least six medical technologists team up for every graveyard shift.
After a bit, she transferred to the dayshift in Hematology – where she connected with a rewarding purpose and group of people.
“I liked hematology because I could help diagnose patients. I might be the first to know a patient has leukemia … and I really enjoyed learning from the pathologist,” Donna said. “I learned many life lessons there about how to treat people. I learned that working as a team is important and that a small negative interaction isn’t as big of a deal as people thing. I also learned to look at the whole picture to see how I could help and what else I could do to improve.”
Those life lessons brought about lifelong friends, as her colleagues served side by side.
“The people I work with were like family,” Donna said. “If someone needed help, you’d help them; you could always trust that somebody had your back. There were even those you could call up in the middle of the night and know they’d answer if you needed help.”
Let’s celebrate her 30 plus years of dedication to quality care by doing something she loved to do at St. Mark’s Hospital: Learning something new every day.