EM News 2012


Shriners Hospitals Admits New Equipment to Rightsize OPL

Originally published by American Laundry News, December 2012
Shriners Hospitals Admits New Equipment to Rightsize OPL

ERIE, Pennsylvania (December 12, 2012) – Following the installation of a new washer-extractor from Maytag® Commercial Laundry, a Shriners Hospitals for Children® site here is experiencing improved energy and water efficiency and increased staff productivity, the hospital's manager of environmental services reports.

Pleased with the performance of a Maytag 55-pound multi-load washer-extractor installed seven years ago, the hospital opted to replace an older 135-pound washer with a 55-pound Energy Advantage™ soft-mount, high-speed multi-load washer-extractor, to help rightsize its laundry operation.

Recently transitioning from a 30-bed acute-care hospital to outpatient care, Erie Ambulatory Surgery Center and Outpatient Specialty Care Center has a four-day-a-week laundry operation, which cleans about 3,400 pounds of laundry. The 135-pound machine coupled with the existing 55-pound washer was more than it needed. For guidance in its equipment choice, the hospital connected with Maytag distributor Equipment Marketers, Cherry Hill, N.J.

"We strive to be as energy- and water-efficient as possible, and running correct load sizes for our needs is a natural way to accomplish that," says Laurie Bowe, CHESP, manager of environmental services for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. "We were pleased with our first Maytag washer, as well as the company's customer service. ... Equipment Marketers was versed in the product and our specific application-they were the perfect partner for us."

"Being environmentally conscious and finding new ways to operate more efficiently and within budget is crucial in the laundry rooms of today's healthcare facilities," says Bob English, general manager of global commercial laundry at Maytag. "Upgrading to new multi-load, high-speed washer-extractors can significantly reduce energy and water consumption, leading to lower utility bills and more efficient operations for the facility."

"Our laundry facility is now optimally sized, and we've also become more efficient from a staff perspective, completing more loads of laundry in less time," Bowe says. "Everything has turned out wonderfully."

About Shriners Hospitals for Children®: Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. For more information visit, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

About Equipment Marketers: In business since 1945, Equipment Marketers is an expert in the design and development of Maytag® Commercial Equipped Laundromats in the Mid-Atlantic area. Maytag's dependability for quality equipment is matched only by Equipment Marketers' reputation for superior Red Carpet Service and customer support. Equipment Marketers' specialized sales representatives can provide broad-based knowledge in successful commercial laundry development, including information on demographics, store layout, laundry accessories and the proper mix of equipment. Equipment Marketers also distributes the highest technology in credit/smart card programs, online laundry monitoring systems, and other ancillary laundry supplies. The company's extensive parts warehouse and personalized attention are just a few reasons why people have continued to patronize Equipment Marketers for over a half a century. 

For more information on Equipment Marketers' products and services, call 800.223.1376 or visit www.equipmentmarketers.net.