For nearly four decades, Henry Ford and St. Joe’s, a member of Trinity Health headquartered in Livonia, Mich., have jointly owned MDAHS, which has operated the shared laundry facility on Oakman Boulevard on Detroit’s west side. Aging equipment and infrastructure and limited capacity have rendered our 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, which turns 50 this year. Discussions for a new shared laundry service facility began in 2016, with a commitment to keeping the new facility in Detroit.
Our Future: Groundbreaking Collaboration & Even Higher Standards
Construction on the 105,000-square-foot shared laundry facility, which expands the building’s current footprint, is underway since this spring. The laundry facility will occupy about 40 percent of the property, with Henry Ford retaining ownership of the balance for future use. It will operate free of government subsidies.
The new facility – complete with automated technology – will incorporate sustainable initiatives in its design including recycled materials and cleaning with environmentally friendly products. The selection of high efficiency equipment will greatly reduce utility consumption and emissions. A wastewater heat reclamation system will be 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.
The 70 employees working at our current MDAHS laundry facility will be relocated to the new facility.
The collaboration brings together three prominent Michigan health care systems in a major economic investment in the state’s largest city and represents the latest health care development in the ongoing revitalization of the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood north of I-94 and west of the Lodge Freeway.
When operational in the spring of 2020, the new eco-friendly facility will have the capacity to service 78 million pounds of health care linens every year for the health systems combined. Each health system is expected to achieve significant savings from more efficient operations.
The facility will house about 180 employees, with more than 100 to be new hires. All positions will pay competitive wages, with health care and retirement benefits.
Once completed, the facility will be one of the largest shared medical laundry facilities in square footage in the country. It will also achieve the highest standards in infection prevention and control practices during cleaning.