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Ohio Health System Opens Laundry at Site of Former Grocery Store

Bruce Beggs |

DAYTON, Ohio — Premier Health Partners (PHP) has opened a modern, high-tech commercial laundry processing plant to serve multiple PHP hospitals and entities in this area.
Premier Health Partners decided that a hospital-owned and -operated laundry would maintain a higher level of quality and control at a lower cost than outsourcing alternatives.
The new laundry, located in a renovated stand-alone facility that once housed a grocery store, will start operation by processing approximately 7.5 million pounds of laundry per year, but can add capacity.
The facility will process linens from PHP’s hospitals, joint ventures and entities only. Hospitals in the network are Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital, both of Dayton, and Middletown Regional Hospital.
The focal points of the project are a 12-chamber Washex tunnel washer, a Washex extraction press, a Washex shuttle system and five Challenge batch tumblers.
The facility also includes soil-sorting stations, a monorail by QI Systems, water systems by Kemco Systems, a 150-HP Cleaver-Brooks boiler, Washex finishing equipment and various ancillary pieces.
Belenky Inc., a distributor of commercial laundry equipment based in Akron, Ohio, provided the equipment.
PHP placed a high priority on employee health and safety, Belenky says, and the new automated handling equipment protects employees by minimizing manual lifting and reaching.
The previous laundry, housed in Good Samaritan Hospital, outgrew its space. After analyzing the benefits of an in-house laundry versus outsourcing alternatives, PHP determined that a hospital-owned and -operated facility would not only maintain a higher level of quality and control, it would also provide a lower cost for processing laundry.
Premier Health Partners identified a building site located near Good Samaritan Hospital and part of the Phoenix redevelopment project. The Phoenix project is a joint venture by Good Samaritan, the City Of Dayton and local business to redevelop the area. The former grocery store had been vacant for years.
 

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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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