More than 200 commercial laundry professionals participated in the Textile Rental Service Association (TRSA) healthcare conference and plant tour in Nashville, Tennessee including nearly 100 operators representing companies responsible for processing nearly 90% of all healthcare linens, garments and uniforms in North America.

The conference, the largest international event focused on processing linens, garments and uniforms for the healthcare sector, attracted senior executives from Alsco Health Assure, AmeriPride, Cintas, Crothall, Crown, Ecotex, Emerald, Faultless, Florida Linen, ImageFirst, K-Bro, Linen King, Foussard Montague, Mission, Nixon, Paris, Superior Health, Textile Care, UniFirst and Unitex, as well as all the major equipment manufacturers, chemical and linen supply partners.

The conference began with a presentation from Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor for Fox News, offering his views on “Healthcare’s Future – What’s Next?” focusing on the current healthcare environment and healthcare reform including his perspectives of what the Trump presidency may mean for the future of the law.

“Innovative Market Driven Services” panel representatives from healthcare laundry companies discussed the latest customer requirements pertaining to reducing waste and increasing patient safety and satisfaction. The panel was moderated by Scott Delin, Fashion Seal Healthcare, and included Jim Buchbinder, Economy Linen and Towel Service; Josh Ramirez, Medico Professional Linen Service; and Carey Scurria, Crothall Healthcare. “Quality Product Innovations,” a panel selected by the TRSA Healthcare Committee, included presentations by Ecolab on disinfectant chemical treatments, Jensen’s latest equipment efficiency advancements and Standard Textile on therapeutic linen developments.

Participants received an update from Kevin Schwalb, TRSA vice president of Government Relations, regarding the impact of the new Trump administration on labour and tax policy, health reform and more, as well as updates on TRSA Healthcare-related resources including the TRSA’s Six C's: Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment training video (distributed to nearly 1,500 healthcare facilities) and a customisable Healthcare Linen Loss animation.
A report will appear in the March edition of LCN International.

PLANT VISIT: On the second day of TRSA’s healthcare conference, attendees got an opportunity to view a brand-new healthcare facility in action, when they toured the NOVO Health Services plant in Madison, Tennessee