Genesis Healthcare Chooses DEL Ozone Laundry
Ozone laundry by DEL Ozone has helped Genesis Healthcare reduce laundry costs sharply while maintaining closely regulated linen cleanliness. Genesis began with a carefully designed test of ozone in a single facility’s commercial on-premise laundry and concluded that it would be cost effective to roll out the ozone laundry program to more facilities.
Genesis is one of the largest long-term care providers in the United States, with over 200 Skilled Nursing Centers (SNFs) and Assisted Living communities in 13 eastern states. Like all long-term care providers, cost management is critical for creating a sliver of margin in Medicare and Medicaid-reimbursed care programs. In addition, the facilities are highly regulated in all areas that can impact resident care, including laundry. These conditions made ozone laundry an appealing option.
The Fairview Ozone Laundry Test
One of Genesis’ facilities in Philadelphia was chosen as a test site. DEL Ozone initiated a DEL Clean Ozone Laundry Program test in the Fairview facility including a 146-day pre- and post-test evaluation of ozone laundry. Using careful measurement to ensure real world performance, the DEL program showed strong bottom line savings to the facility, saving over $16,000 per year in a single facility.
Expanding the Ozone Laundry Program
Genesis has chosen to expand the program to many more facilities, and the projected savings continue to accrue as planned. Each facility laundry is evaluated so that the ozone laundry system can be designed to optimize results and provide predictable energy and cost savings. In most facilities, the ozonators installed are in the CD-2/5/7 series, using ozone injection via venturi, although a diffusion system is available where appropriate.
Over time, Genesis will save hundreds of thousands of dollars, with a fast expected payback, and still provide the clean laundry essential to their residents. After only 12 to 24 months, most ozone laundries will have paid back the initial investment and all the savings after that fall to the bottom line.