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Baptist Easley Hospital Sees Cost Savings With PCPLUS

UMF Corporation, a manufacturer of color-coded cleaning products, partnered with Baptist Easley Hospital, a member of Prisma Health, providing a comprehensive PCPLUS program in support of ensuring safe patient environments. With PCPLUS, the hospital was able to cut its monthly laundry management costs in half, support infection prevention, decrease environmental impact, and free up capital.

PCPLUS is a comprehensive, all-inclusive program that includes customized commercial washers and dryers that are technology-enabled for efficient water and chemical use; high-performance, color-coded flat mops and wipers; hardware; and all other products required to process patient environments. Onsite hygiene specialist and operating room (OR) processing training are included in the program. PCPLUS also consists of ongoing equipment maintenance, a comprehensive warranty, parts and service, and annual loss-replacement of PerfectCLEAN products based on customer requirements.

“Through PCPLUS, we immediately realized monthly savings,” commented Baptist Easley Environmental Services Supervisor Harriet Lugo-Weaver. “Infection prevention is a top priority for Baptist Easley, and with PCPLUS, we’re easily able to meet our stringent infection prevention and environmental services standards, as well as patient satisfaction needs. In addition, with PCPLUS, we are reducing capital costs and ensuring maximum environmental sustainability via reduced water and energy usage.”

As part of the program, Baptist Easley uses a 45-pound steam washer – which easily attains a constant wash and rinse temperature at the CDC-recommended 160+ degrees Fahrenheit – and a 65-pound dryer, also steam heated to ensure a temperature range sufficient to provide thermal disinfection. Baptist Easley also benefits from color-coded PerfectCLEAN products and environmental services training to support optimal infection prevention throughout the hospital.

“PCPLUS is the only program that combines the financial flexibility of outsourcing with the superior quality and control of on-site processing,” said George Clarke, CEO of UMF Corporation. “It is tax advantaged because it can be written off as an expense without laundry equipment on the balance sheet – so, no capital is tied up in the equipment. With PCPLUS, laundering becomes a utility service – just like water, gas, and electricity. Furthermore, as a patient service, it qualifies for CMS reimbursement.”

With PCPLUS, customers conserve capital resources while ensuring product availability and optimal infection prevention.