As many of you know Elite Dry Cleaning and Laundry burned to the ground last Thursday night. Fortunately there were no injuries and the fire did not spread to any other buildings on the square, but the building and equipment were a complete loss. The loss of the laundry affected GVMH in a couple of ways.
First, the laundry is owned by Danny Eidson who serves on the GVMH Board of Directors. Danny is a great guy who provides excellent services to our facility and our community. I’ve not spoken with Danny personally since the fire but I do know he has made arrangements with a service in Kansas City to continue to provide for the dry cleaning and laundry needs of our community. If you are in need of the service you can drop your items off at the Ohio Street location or call Elite and arrange for home pick up.
Second, Elite launders the hospital’s linens and on Thursday they make two pick up runs to the hospital and clinics so that we will have a replenished stock for the weekend and Monday morning when our outpatient activity ramps back up. The fire occurred on a Thursday night which meant that we lost approximately half of our linen supply.
We’ve ordered new linens but the turnaround time is close to 10 days and in the interim we have increased our stock of disposable linens and we’ve become frequent visitors to the laundromat!
I spoke with Jim Gamber today and he told me that he, along with other staff, did 74 loads of laundry this past weekend – that’s a lot of quarters!
Jim, and others, will continue to visit the laundromat on a daily basis so that we have the linens we need to provide the type of care our patients expect.
I’m proud of the great work we do everyday as an organization and I’m always amazed at how resourceful we are in times of adversity.