On-premise and central laundry operators may have the impression they are operating in a cost effective manner until a comprehensive audit and review determines otherwise. Do you know how your facility would fare in an audit?
The most frequent reason for discrepancies between the laundry manager analysis and a professional audit can be attributed to miscalculating of actual clean (usable) pounds delivered, attributing an inflated value to added for ancillary services and/or failure to properly identify all laundry expenses.
While hospitals may be skilled at getting their patients to mend, down in the laundry it’s a different story. Industry experts estimate eight-out-of-10 healthcare (and textile rental/COG) laundries do not mend or patch. Many hospitals do not have the resources, knowledge, or skills in-house. Others outsource mending / patching to simplify management activities and responsibilities spanning procurement, sterilization, use, recovery, and treatment after use (laundering, mending, inspection, folding and packing) for managing sterile linen.
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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.
The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.