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St. Francis Spotlight: Meet Smita

May 08, 2019
St. Francis Spotlight

Meet Smita, a medical lab scientist in the lab at St. Francis. As a St. Francis employee for 16 years, Smita reflects on her role at the hospital, and what she enjoys most.


In 1987, I earned a degree in microbiology in India. My dream was to work in the United States, at a job where I could use my knowledge and enjoy my work. In 2008, I continued my studies and earned a Medical Laboratory Scientist certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and graduated with a degree in biology from Metro State University in St. Paul.

I am fortunate to work at St. Francis, where I have a friendly work environment, opportunities to learn new things and grow, great coworkers, and most importantly, I can balance my family life with my job.

The work I do at the hospital is really interesting, and includes phlebotomy, processing samples, running lab tests, working in different clinical departments, analyzing test results and resolving any factors that may impact test results. I then submit lab results to the patient’s physician for a diagnosis and treatment plan, which really makes me happy. With my role in the lab, I really enjoy getting to meet patients and learning about their cultures.

As a phlebotomy, lab safety and liaison lead, I enjoy sharing my knowledge by training new lab staff, nurses and students. I also enjoying learning new things every day and the chance to contribute my knowledge to the community.