About Lela Cargill:

MLS (ASCP) B.A. (Journalism) writes clever and interesting hubs on Native Americans, Dream Catchers, Aztec and Mayan culture, photography, Medical Laboratory Science, Blood Banking, and whatever else catches her eye.She was born and raised in the great state of Texas, but has also lived in Mexico and Hawaii.

Lela became an MLT in 1976, then a fully licensed and certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS ASCP) in the 1990s. She has over 30 years experience as a med tech (lab tech).

She earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.


Professional Experience:

October 14, 2011 to present: (Semi-retired) Independent contractor. Professional writing for HubPages.com; textbroker.com and other sites for authors. Webmaster and developer.

February 4, 2008 to October 14, 2011: Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Cedar Park, TX – Senior Blood Bank coordinator, Laboratory supply management, core lab team, LIS super user (Hospital Management System).

September 12, 2005 to January 28, 2008:  Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO - Senior analyst, PathNet General Lab and Blood Bank. Implementing computer / automated solutions for Clinical Laboratories with specialty areas of General Lab, Blood Bank Transfusion, Microbiology, and Anatomic Pathology.  Supporting conversions of current state functionality to automated functionality.

Oct. 1991 to Aug. 2005: St. David's Medical Center, Austin, Texas – Medical Technologist, General Laboratory experience and Blood Bank specialty experience. Data base coordinator, inventory management, billing, antibody identification, transfusion services, component preparations, equipment maintenance, review and editing of standard operating procedures, incoming employee training, coordination of market conversion of Cerner Laboratory Information System and Meditech LIS.

Jun. 1989 to Sept. 1991: Maui Memorial Hospital, Maui, Hawaii - General Laboratory experience while approved for a Hawaiian Laboratory Director's License.

1976 to 1989: Worked at various hospital labs in Houston, Dallas, and Central Texas as a phlebotomist and laboratory generalist.


Coordinated the conversion of the LIS at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center Laboratory from a legacy system to Hospital Management System. Continuing to update and support the data base for this system. Supported the implementation of CPRMC’s blood bank by updating the computer system and the procedure manuals. Implemented Ortho’s gel technology for Blood Bank. Maintained and updated all blood bank equipment and SOPs for inspection purposes.

Supported implementations of Cerner MIllennium PathNet Laboratory Information Systems at University Medical Center, Lubbock, TX, ARUP, Colorado Springs, and other sites as a senior analyst with Cerner Corporation.

Planned, developed and installed the blood bank data base for Cerner and Meditech at St. David's Medical Center

Project leader, communications process improvement team.

Reduced lost revenues by redesigning and updating the manual billing system to an automated system.

Completed re-organization of lab specimen delivery system, reduced unnecessary telephone calls, improved efficiency.

Recognized by peers and customers through hospital wide employee star award program.

Provided management support through special data collection and employee surveys.

Developed the employee star board.

Assisted in editing and revising the Blood Bank SOP, training manuals, and validation guides.

Member of a CAP inspection team.


B. A. 1984 Sam Houston State University (Journalism major, English/Spanish minor)

Licenses and Certification:

M.T. (ASCP) SBB eligible (Medical Technologist)

C.L.S. (Health and Human Resources) (Clinical Laboratory Scientist)

United States Social Security ID (US Citizen)

Languages and computer skills:

English, Spanish as a second language

Executable Database programs, HTML, Java scripts, Web Page Editing, Word Processing, Graphics, Windows Operating Systems, GUI applications, all Office Equipment and most Computer Software Applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.

References Available On Request

Key Word Summary:

Medical Technologist, MLS, MT, CLS, Laboratory Technologist, technician, ASCP, Cerner, Meditech, lab, blood bank, hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, anatomic pathology, transfusion services, technical writer, writer

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