Forty years ago, Keila Poulsen would see 10 to 15 patients in the morning for blood draws at Riverview Hospital’s hematology lab.

She would spend the rest of the morning waiting for patients and whiling away the downtime by racing wheeled stools with her coworkers or launching pennies at the wall.

Decades later — and a giant leap forward in health care technology — she and the other lab workers are kept hopping all day at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. EIRMC will mark its 30th anniversary on Thursday.

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