Margaret Ann Hunt, CLS, MT

Title: Medical Laboratory Supervisor
Location: Sturgis, South Dakota, United States

Margaret Ann Hunt, CLS, MT, Medical Laboratory Supervisor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Healthcare Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing.

Ms. Hunt grew up with a passion for helping others, which naturally led her to pursue a career in nursing. With a love for biology, she graduated from St. Claude State University in the 1950s, earning a Bachelor of Science. In the years that followed, Ms. Hunt was certified as a medical technologist by the American Medical Technologists, going on to begin her career as a bench technologist at Bennett Clarkson Member Hospital. In 1963, she relocated to Massa-Berry Clinic, where she was brought on as a bench technologist. Later, in 1975, Ms. Hunt was promoted to become the laboratory supervisor. In this role, she excelled until she retired in 2012 after serving the healthcare system for 46 years.

Outside of her medical endeavors, Ms. Hunt has been an officer at St. Frances Assisi Church since 1960. She additionally maintains affiliation with the Meade County Republican Women and the Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary. As a testament to her professional success, she was awarded the 50-Year Pin from the American Medical Technologists. Likewise, Ms. Hunt was honored in 2008 for being the longest working employee in the Rapid City Regional Hospital Health System. She feels lucky to still be able to talk with patients who value her thoughts and opinions, despite her age and retirement status.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Hunt would recommend that the new generation of nursing professionals keep their hands clean. Though nobody can control the virus, the cleanliness of one’s hands is fully manageable. She additionally highlights the importance of taking care of oneself through the power of prayer. In the coming years, Ms. Hunt hopes to see a vaccine become available to the public. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and seeing her family. She and her husband, Thomas, share six children, 17 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

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