March 24 2011The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Donna L. Smith, MD, to its medical staff as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). “I am very happy to welcome Dr. Smith to our medical staff,” said Dr. Marty Grasmeder, MD, SEARHC Sitka Primary Care Services Medical Director. “She brings a wide range of knowledge and skills in both obstetrics and gynecology. She also is very well liked and respected by patients, staff and other providers. I look forward to working with her to strengthen and build SEARHC’s programs in obstetrics and all other areas of women’s health care.” Dr. Smith earned her Medical Doctorate degree from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (now known as the Drexel University College of Medicine). She completed her undergraduate coursework at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. Dr. Smith is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical fraternity. After earning her medical degree and completing her residency, Dr. Smith was in private practice and worked at PeaceHealth Ketchikan General Hospital for 13 years. She then worked for three years at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.V. During 2010, Dr. Smith worked as a locums (visiting) specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “I am honored to be able to work in this community and I am thrilled to be living in Southeast Alaska again,” Dr. Smith said. Dr. Smith’s medical interests include quality women’s health care, and her surgical interests included minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and endometrial ablations. She also enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking. Dr. Smith is married to Dr. Robert F. “Bob” Crochelt, a general surgeon who also has joined the medical staff at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.