35 Years: Mario Moreno

Honoree Mario Moreno
Mario Moreno

Whether analyzing blood for a patient at Zale Lipshy University Hospital or tinkering on his 1992 Toyota Corolla, Mario Moreno feels right in his element. For 35 years, Mr. Moreno has worked as a hospital lab technician, a job that suits him perfectly. He can’t imagine doing anything else.

“When I was in school, I was always interested in science,” Mr. Moreno said. “I’ve always been an investigative-type person. What better way to help people than with their actual health?”

Over the years, thousands of people have benefited from Mr. Moreno’s behind-the-scenes action analyzing units of donated blood and patients’ blood and urine samples. He’s worked the night shift his entire tenure at UT Southwestern Medical Center, which began in 1978 with a job in the lab of the old St. Paul Hospital upon graduating from its medical technology program.

Since 1981, Mr. Moreno has worked as lead lab technician, first at St. Paul Hospital and now at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. His job includes supervising two technicians, maintaining lab equipment, and conducting lab work, mainly blood-chemistry tests.

Working nights is a good fit for Mr. Moreno since it is a typically quieter shift and lets him avoid traffic. He’s also able to spend evenings with his wife of 32 years, Mary Jane, an Arlington kindergarten teacher.

Outside of work, Mr. Moreno enjoys spending time with his family, which includes three adult children and two grandchildren. He considers himself an avid Texas Rangers fan and a “sometimes” Dallas Cowboys fan. 

One of the highlights of Mr. Moreno’s UT Southwestern career was being named St. Paul Hospital’s Employee of the Year in 2003. He intends to work as long as he’s able, with no plans to retire anytime soon.

“I enjoy the job and the people I work with. There are no real negatives about this job,” he said. “I have several co-workers who weren’t even born when I started working here – talk about feeling the years go by.”

Employee Recognition 2013

Long-term employees play an invaluable role in the life of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Their faithful, dedicated service has helped the institution become what it is today. In this special edition of Center Times, we showcase some of these employees and their varied interests.