‘Best in Class’ – New K-Bro laundry plant now open
Submitted by Peter Birovchak, Regional Contract Manager - Laundry, Business Initiatives and Support Services
K-Bro Linen Systems has been an integral partner of the Lower Mainland Health Authorities since 2003 and now provides laundry and linen services to nearly 50 healthcare facilities. In response to a competitive bid process in 2016, K-Bro was the successful proponent and awarded a new long term contract that includes many clauses designed to ensure the provision of best-in-class products and services that are safe, comfortable, and innovative, for end-users. To maximize success in this regard, K-Bro committed to build a new laundry processing plant to replace its original, local health care plant, which opened in Burnaby 15 years ago. As of June this year the new plant, also located in Burnaby, is now operational.
At 120,000 square feet, it is by far the largest laundry operation in BC and likely the most technologically advanced health care plant in the world. Complete with state-of-the-art European equipment, it is designed to satisfy these key objectives:
- Meet and exceed the latest industry standards of infection prevention measures.
- Capable of some sterilization services.
- Maximize the ‘quality-&-value’ proposition for Lower Mainland health care facilities.
- Superior environmental stewardship.
- Create a safe, enjoyable, and ergonomically intelligent workplace for K-Bro’s team.
The plant employs many interesting features including; continuous batch washers, water and energy reclamation, a variety of automated conveyance systems including overhead monorail, skylights with light harvesting technology, insular surgical packroom, and much more.
According to Linda McCurdy, K-Bro’s President and CEO, “David Handley and his team at BISS* sought a ‘best in class’ laundry and linen service program that delivers quality, comfort and support to patient care, and to bring value with an overriding goal to help improve hospital infection prevention outcomes. Our new laundry facility is a clear sign of our intention to continue delivering on that commitment for many years.”
*Business Initiatives and Support Services is a joint entity among the Lower Mainland Health Authorities with oversight responsibility for various support services.
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