“I’m proud to call Hawai’i my home and DLS my family.”
James Magata never thought he’d be working in the field of medical technology. Growing up on O‘ahu, he was more of a math and language guy than a science guy. After earning a Japanese language degree in college, he realized a future in teaching or tourism just didn’t seem appealing. An Army Reserves recruiter told him about the possibility of studying to become a medical lab technician (MLT). After completing an intensive MLT training program with the Army Reserves, he knew he had found his calling. He eventually accepted a position with Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (DLS), where he started as an MLT I on the evening shift and later transitioned to his current position as a day-shift MLT II. At DLS, James discovered an exceptional, high-tech work environment and a company and network of coworkers who support him professionally and personally.
“This job keeps you present and engaged, because there’s always something new.”
Today, James works in the Core Laboratory’s Chemistry Department, where he runs, monitors and assesses various aspects of the lab and is working toward eventually becoming an MLT III. He enjoys the critical thinking and problem solving opportunities that go along with a fast-paced setting where test results impact health and wellness and save lives. The excitement comes, he says, from the advanced, high speed, automated technologies and systems that make DLS the premier clinical laboratory in the state. James’s role keeps him on his toes from the minute he steps in the lab. “It’s not about clocking in and out or just getting through daily tasks,” he says. “This job keeps you present and engaged, because there’s always something new.”
James uses words like “rewarding” and “challenging” to describe his day-to-day work, and insists his favorite part of the job is the people. “The culture of collaboration promotes learning and teaching, and we mentor each other by sharing different ways to do things.” He’s close with his coworkers, and relishes the shared responsibility delegated to his team, from continually improving lab processes and protocols to planning employee events.
One of the best parts of working for DLS is that it allows James to continue to call O‘ahu home and enjoy everything from its amazing beaches and diversity to the friendly aloha spirit the island is famous for. Another big draw is the company’s flexibility with respect to schedules, which allows him to train one weekend a month with the Army Reserves.
Above all, James feels the most valuable aspect of working for DLS is the strong sense of purpose that keeps him focused. “I’m blessed to have that feeling with me every day,“ he says. “I absolutely love this job.”
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"I'm proud to call Hawai'i my home and DLS my family."
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Joyce Iwata, MT (ASCP)
Senior Medical Technologist
Core Laboratory - Hematology
Joyce Iwata knew she wanted a career in medical technology from early on, and sought DLS right out of college. After more than two decades in the field, and a variety of roles within the company, she’s been able to grow her skills and confidence—and master new technologies thanks to DLS’ commitment to innovation.
Angela Hose, MLT
Development & Outreach
When Angela Hose took a Microbiology class in college, she discovered a deep passion for the science of microorganisms. She had found her calling and set a course for her dream job. Now, 20 years later after serving as a Technical Laboratory Assistant (TLA) and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), she's inspiring students as an MLT Trainer, where she enjoys a mentorship role and countless opportunities to grow and learn.
James Magata, MLT (ASCP)
Medical Laboratory Technician III
Core Laboratory - Chemistry
James Magata never thought he would end up in the field of medical technology, but after joining the DLS team, he can’t imagine working anywhere else. Now as a MLT II, he’s enjoying a challenging and rewarding career in a dynamic field that keeps him on his toes. With a network of talented staff to learn from and a management philosophy of constant support, DLS is helping James achieve his professional goals and face each day with a strong sense of purpose.
Coordinator, Medical Technologist
Tori Enomoto took a lab assistant position with DLS right after college, thinking it might be a temporary step. Thanks to her hard work, support from DLS and several windows of opportunity, she was able to parlay her support position into a leadership role as an MT Coordinator for the Microbiology Lab in just a few years. Today, she enjoys an exciting job where she gets to apply critical thinking, work with state-of-the art technology and guide others in expanding their knowledge.
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