Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services

September 28, 2005 14:28 ET

An Ontario healthcare success story

Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services open new laundry megaplant Attention: News Editor MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 28, 2005) - The September 28 opening of Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services 250,000-sq.-foot megaplant caps a decade-long healthcare success story - and sets the stage for future cost savings in healthcare.

Booth's new megaplant, owned by 23 Toronto area hospitals and long-term care facilities, is the largest single-site healthcare laundry in North America. With a capacity of 70,000 kilograms each day, the Mississauga laundry washes more than 22 million sheets, pillowcases, gowns, face cloths and related linen annually. In addition, Booth's SteriPac Division processes 1,222,000 sterile packs annually for operating rooms, providing a sustainable alternative to costly and environmentally unfriendly disposables.

"Our production numbers alone are staggering," says Ian Bell, Booth's CEO. "But the partnership behind those numbers is the real story. With 23 hospitals and long-term care facilities working together in a not-for-profit venture, we have been able to save our members $2.8 million annually - more than $40 million since 1995.

"The new $30-million plant is a major step forward for Booth and its members, creating further cost-saving opportunities while enhancing quality and supporting patient-focused care. It also opens doors for expansion into new services, such as sterilization of surgical instruments and single-use devices that can lead to major savings for cash-strapped hospitals."

The only ISO 9002-registered healthcare laundry in North America, the new state-of-the-art plant will be able to process the same amount of laundry in one shift as the old plant had done in 2 1/2 shifts. Larger capacity equipment, such as a new sorting system, will enable the laundry to process much larger loads and control wash/dry programs, saving 15 per cent in utilities and 50 per cent in rework while extending the life of hospital linens.

"The membership's key concern is to provide quality and cost-effective care for patients and residents," says Robert DaCosta, Booth's board chair and Vice-President of Human Resources at St. Joseph's Health Centre. "While humble, linens are instrumental to that care. The new plant will enable us to continue to save money while providing the care our patients and residents deserve."

Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services is located at 6580 Northwest Dr. in Mississauga.

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