Health Systems Cooperative Laundries (HSCL) is a cooperative association serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area. HSCL operates one laundry processing facility, processing 44 million lbs. of laundry annually. In June 2004, HSCL completed renovation on a "state of the art" facility located at the "old" Stroh's/Hamm's brewery site in St. Paul. The investment in the facility and new sorting/washing/drying technology has allowed HSCL to realize the full potential in servicing their customers in a more cost effective manner along with expanding the menu of services offered to their customers.
HSCL was organized in 1996 through the merger of Hospital Linen Services and Community Hospital Linen Services; cooperatives that had been operating in St. Paul and Minneapolis for more than 40 years. Each predecessor laundry cooperative had separate ownership and operated independently. The merger was consummated to gain efficiencies of scale in linen processing, purchasing, and distribution. The principal ownership of HSCL includes seven major health care providers in the Twin Cities; Allina Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthEast Care System, HealthPartners-Park Nicollet, Children’s Health Care, North Memorial Health and Hennepin Healthcare.
HSCL processes approximately 44 million pounds of laundry annually for the member hospitals and affiliated outpatient facilities. The Cooperative also processes Non-Member laundry on a contract basis of approximately 1 million pounds annually.
In 2021, HSCL went through the process to become TRSA Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified. This certification reflects a commitment to best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by third-party inspection and ongoing microbial testing to confirm hygienically clean textiles. In addition, the independent, third-party inspection confirms essential evidence regarding OSHA compliance to ensure Employees are properly trained and protected.
Laundries pass three rounds of outcome-based microbial testing, indicating that their processes are producing Hygienically Clean Healthcare linens and garments. To maintain certification, laundry plants must pass quarterly testing to ensure that as laundry conditions change, such as water quality, textile fabric composition and wash chemistry, laundered product quality is consistently maintained.
Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries use processes, chemicals and BMPs acknowledged by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, American National Standards Institute and others. Introduced in 2012, Hygienically Clean Healthcare brought to North America the international cleanliness standards for healthcare linens and garments used worldwide by the Certification Association for Professional Textile Services and the European Committee for Standardization.
Becoming certified makes HSCL a better company. It gives our customers peace of mind knowing their supplier is meeting the highest standards in processing healthcare textiles.
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Health Systems Cooperative Laundries is committed to providing its owner member hospitals the highest possible quality linen products and services, produced in an efficient and cost effective manner.