11/14/2008

WVU Hospitals builds new laundry facility

Will process 15 million pounds of linen annually

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It won’t be your typical neighborhood laundromat. A new laundry facility that West Virginia University Hospitals is building will process 15 million pounds of linen a year.  That’s a lot of bed sheets and blankets, towels, drapes, scrubs and lab coats.

Site preparation is under way for the new $7.8 million facility in the Morgantown Industrial Park on River Road.  It will be 40,000 square feet and sit on approximately four acres of land.  About 70 people will work there – 20 more than work at the current laundry at the Health Sciences Center.

“As healthcare services at WVU continue to expand, so has demand for laundry services,” said Steve Tancin, vice president of ancillary and support services at WVUH.  “The current laundry has outgrown its space in the HSC basement.  Once the new building is ready, it will free up much needed space at health sciences for patient care, education and research activities.”

In addition to laundry from WVU, initially the new laundry facility will also process linen for United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, St. Joseph’s in Buckhannon, Camden Clark in Parkersburg, and Jefferson and City Hospitals in the Eastern Panhandle.

The new facility is projected to open in July 2009.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
alj: 11-13-08

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