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Tour of the new facility

Laundry Forman, Ron Krohn, gives a tour to show off the new Textile Care Facility during an open house held in February.

Monday, March 12, 2012

When you’re a patient in the hospital, you don’t think about where your clean linens come from.  You’re more concerned about getting better and back to normal life.  And it’s important to us that you never have to think about clean linens, that’s not something you need to be concerned with on your road to recovery.

But it is important to us… Our Textile Care Plant (aka Laundry facility) is a serious business.  A hospital uses a lot of linen products like bed sheets and blankets, patient pajamas and gowns, employee uniforms, cleaning towels, and a variety of other items that support our day-to-day business.  Even though it’s behind the scenes, the work our textile plant employees do is crucial to our operation and our ability to maintain cleanliness and sanitation standards.  At Bay Pines, we process over 4.25 million pounds of laundry each year - that’s a lot of laundry!  And it’s not just for ourselves, we are also the textile care plant and supply linen services for VA sites at Tampa and Orlando.  Besides washing and drying, we have equipment that presses, steams, and folds the different linen items to expedite processing and our six trucks transport laundry by the tons to the various sites.  The plant is 11,700 square feet and over the past couple of years recently underwent renovation and modernization.  We now have some of the best laundry equipment on the market like:  three 800 pound, one 400 pound, and one 100 pound washing machines; three 500 pound and two 120 pound gas dryers; six small piece folders and one blanket folder; and many other various pieces of equipment to support the operation.  We also have a large textile storage facility (4,800 square feet) that keeps enough clean supplies on hand for emergency needs (like a hurricane).

So hopefully you never think about laundry operations, but know that we do every day.