Monday, January 28, 2013
Bonnie Torres, MLS (ASCP) is Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s new Director of Laboratory Services. Bonnie was most recently the Director of Laboratory Services at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Fairbanks, AK.
Bonnie grew up on a farm in Freeland, MI; while in high school, she knew she wanted to work in a hospital laboratory. With a BS in Medical Technology from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, she comes to NVRH with over 25 years of experience in virtually every field within the Laboratory setting. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and has worked as a Technologist for 15 years and as a Director for 10 years.
Bonnie and her family moved to Alaska in 1991, living in both Soldotna and Fairbanks. They took a five year hiatus to work in Michigan. On a business trip to New Hampshire in the 90’s, Bonnie’s husband, Donald, explored St. Johnsbury and remarked about what a great place it would be to live. Bonnie jumped at the opportunity when the Laboratory Directorship at NVRH became available. “The laboratory employees are knowledgeable and hardworking, in addition to being very patient-oriented, which is wonderful. I’m excited to explore opportunities as to how we, as a team, can do things even better,” said Bonnie.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Bonnie in our employ. She brings a passion and dedication for the laboratory sciences to NVRH, as well as many years of knowledge and experience. I’m very much looking forward to working with her,” stated Paul Bengtson, CEO.
Bonnie and Donald have four children. Donald teaches first grade in Fairbanks. They have taken advantage of the Alaskan experience, as Donald has also taught in remote villages. Asked about similarities and differences between Alaska and Vermont, Bonnie is unfazed by the cold temperatures here, but certainly enjoys the lighter days.