Kern Medical Center Closes OPL, Contracts Laundry Service


Mission Linen Supply
Mission Linen Supply.

Bruce Beggs |

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, Calif., is closing its on-premise laundry and contracting with Mission Linen Supply to supply and service bed and other linens as well as scrubs over the next three years, Mission Linen reports.
Kern Medical Center is a 222-bed acute-care, teaching hospital, according to the center’s website. It provides care for more than 16,000 inpatients annually, while its clinics provide care and service for more than 100,000 patients.
“The committee appointed to oversee the RFP process was unanimous that Mission Linen Supply provided the best overall fit to accommodate our needs,” explains Robert Borland, director of EVS/Laundry Services for the hospital.
Key factors in the decision were Mission’s strict adherence to healthcare laundry requirements, the benefits of working with a locally operated business, and the company’s ability to identify waste and improve utilization, Borland adds.
Under the contract, Kern will rely on Mission Linen’s Bakersfield plant.
“This is another opportunity for us to contribute our disciplined approach to meeting rigorous healthcare standards,” says Karl Willig, Mission Linen’s president and CEO. “We’re pleased to support Kern Medical Center in providing the best quality service and care to patients in the county.”
Mission Linen manages more than 50 plants and employs 3,000 people in California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Oregon.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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