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3 health systems team up on $48M laundry facility in Detroit

April 29, 2019 GMT

DETROIT (AP) — Three health systems are teaming up to build and operate a $48 million medical laundry service facility in Detroit.

The collaboration announced Monday involves Henry Ford Health System, Michigan Medicine and St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

The facility in the city’s Northwest Goldberg neighborhood is expected to be operational in spring 2020 and will have the capacity to handle 78 million pounds (35.4 million kilograms) of linens a year for the health systems. It will have about 180 employees, including more than 100 new hires.

The facility will be owned and operated by the nonprofit Metropolitan Detroit Area Hospital Services, which has operated a laundry facility on Detroit’s west side for decades. The 70 employees working at the current MDAHS laundry facility will be relocated to the new facility.