For nearly four decades, Henry Ford and St. Joe’s, a member of Trinity Health headquartered in Livonia, Mich., have jointly owned MDAHS, which operated the shared laundry facility on Oakman Boulevard on Detroit’s West side. Aging equipment, infrastructure, and limited capacity rendered that facility no longer sustainable for future use.
Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine’s University of Michigan Health System faced a similar plight with its own laundry facility on Hubbard Road. Discussions for a new shared laundry service facility began in 2016, with a commitment to keeping the new facility in Detroit.
Our 115,000-square-foot shared laundry facility began production in June of 2020 and resides in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood of Detroit. We occupy about 40 percent of the property, with Henry Ford Health System retaining ownership of the balance for future use. It will operate free of government subsidies.
Our facility – complete with automated technology – incorporates sustainable initiatives in our design including recycled materials and cleaning with environmentally friendly products. The selection of high efficiency equipment greatly reduces utility consumption and emissions. A wastewater heat reclamation system is used to reduce natural gas consumption. The technology works by capturing the heat from wastewater and using it to preheat fresh water during the washing process.
Our eco-friendly facility has the capacity to service 78 million pounds of health care linens annually for the health systems combined. Each health system achieves significant savings from more efficient operations.
At full capacity we can employ about 180 employees with all positions paying competitive wages, with health care and retirement benefits.
This collaboration brought together three prominent Michigan health care systems in a major economic investment in the state’s largest city and represents a huge health care development in the ongoing revitalization of the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood north of I-94 and west of the Lodge Freeway.
We are one of the largest shared medical laundry facilities in square footage in the country. We strive to always achieve the highest standards in infection prevention and control practices while processing linens.