Healthcare CEOs Review Threats, Trends & Opportunities


A group of nearly 30 CEOs and senior executives representing linen, uniform, garment and facility services companies serving the healthcare sector discussed market trends including managing changing customer relationships and expectations, healthcare consolidation, linen utilization and loss, reusables vs. disposables, expanding the market and automation. The TRSA CEO/Executive Roundtable was held prior to TRSA’s 7th Annual Healthcare Conference last week in Charlotte, NC, which attracted nearly 200 healthcare market leaders and suppliers.

TRSA Awards: Submit Your Nominations Now!


TRSA’s company awards program providing industrywide recognition of members’ exemplary business practices is becoming more inclusive, providing for multiple winners in each award category and adding an honor for associate members in each. Operator (laundry) and associate (supplier) members are encouraged to review these categories to nominate their companies and industry colleagues for the honors, to be presented at TRSA’s Legislative Conference, scheduled for March 27-28, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Transplant/Cancer Center Research Validates Hygienically Clean Certification


“How Clean Is the Linen at My Hospital?”, a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, validated TRSA’s approach to curbing pathogens on laundered healthcare linens (HCLs). The research acknowledged the value of requiring Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries to routinely test clean linens for microbiological content.

NATSO Alliance Forms to Facilitate Information Sharing, Research


Based on TRSA’s experience as an active participant in the European Textile Services Association (ETSA) National Associations group and as the organization most likely to get engaged in state and federal legislation and regulation, TRSA has taken the lead on coordinating a North American Textile Services Organization (NATSO) to address common issues impacting the linen, uniform and facility services industry. Nearly 15 organizations’ senior staff and elected officials were invited, with the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA), Association for Linen Management (ALM), CSC Network, Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) and Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA) participating on the initial teleconference.

New Germ-Fighting Healthcare Textiles Now Available


A team of two companies recently announced the availability of a new line of textile items for use in healthcare settings that will rely on the power of hypochlorite-based bleach to reduce the threat of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to a news release.

Former IIL Leader, EMI Co-Founder Passes On


One of the industrial laundry industry’s most highly regarded leaders, Gerald L. Stempler, 87, the retired CEO of Textilease Corp., passed away on Nov. 19 after an illness. Stempler emphasized the importance of seeking input from employees at a time when most companies favored a top-down structure, according to industry sources.

TRSA and MTSA Partner on Safety & Certification Programs


TRSA, the linen, uniform and facility services association, recently partnered with the Midwest Textile Services Association (MTSA) for a morning of safety and certification programs, followed by an afternoon of networking at Topgolf in Naperville, IL. TRSA helped develop the program as an effort to form a more cooperative relationship with regional textile services associations.