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A Long, Healthy Tenure for EIRMC's Keila Poulsen

Hematology and Histology Supervisor celebrates 50 years with the organization

Published online: Jun 18, 2019 Articles, East Idaho Health
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PRESS RELEASE

Keila Poulsen, the Hematology & Histology Supervisor for Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center's Laboratory has achieved a remarkable milestone, celebrating 50 years of employment with EIRMC.

Keila's first position out of post-secondary education was in 1969 in the Laboratory at LDS Hospital. It was later renamed Idaho Falls Hospital and then renamed again to Riverview Hospital. When EIRMC opened its doors in 1986, Riverview permanently closed and all employees were transferred to EIRMC. Thus, she is considered tenured at 50 years.

Keila's professional achievements are significant:

  • Hematology & Histology Supervisor at EIRMC, a position held for almost her entire tenure. As a trained hematologist, Keila identifies Red Blood Cell, White Blood Cell, and Platelet morphology to recognize infection, anemia, or most often, a leukemia.

  • Co-author of several hematology books, including Anderson's Atlas of Hematology.

  • Adjunct professor at Brigham Young University teaching the acute leukemias.

  • Leader and member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, a professional organization related to her clinical specialty, since 1969. She has held leadership positions on the state, regional and national level.

  • She has been involved with the ASCLS (American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science) since starting her career in 1969, and has held leadership positions on the state, regional and national level. She's an author, too... and of textbooks no less, including Anderson's Atlas of Hematology. Of course, I can't forget to mention that Keila serves as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University teaching the acute leukemias.

  • Frist Humanitarian award winner, the highest honor bestowed by EIRMC to an employee who exemplifies service and commitment to our community.

Keila grew up working aside her grandmother, parents and siblings on a mink farm in Ammon. She still resides in this same home, and recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary to husband Dennis. They raised two sons and now enjoy their 10 grandchildren.

Source: Eastern Idaho Regional Center

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