TRSA Healthcare Conference: COVID-19, Market Trends and More
TRSA recently held its annual Healthcare Conference, with roughly 120 executives from the linen, uniform and facility services industry in attendance. This year’s event was shifted to a virtual gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dec. 1-3 event featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Jeffrey C. Bauer, a healthcare futurist and medical economist, who provided an update on the future of healthcare after the COVID crisis. Bauer noted how changes in the healthcare industry would affect businesses servicing the sector, and how healthcare launderers could best position themselves for success despite these challenges. To read a question-and-answer session with Dr. Bauer, take a look at the October 2020 issue of Textile Services magazine.
Educational breakout sessions held during the event included the following:
- Healthcare Benchmarking Survey Results
- Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- The Hygienically Clean Certification Process: Lessons Learned
- Using UV Lighting for Disinfection
- How to Build Personal Clothing Laundering Capabilities/Servicing LTC Facilities
- Plant Disinfection Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention
The final day of the conference featured a virtual tour of the Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service plant in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After viewing the facility, its equipment and layout in several high-definition videos, attendees were able to ask questions of Ecotex executives following the video tour.
The conference closed with a panel discussion on healthcare launderers response and recovery from the COVID crisis. Panelists included Joseph LaPorta, president & CEO, Healthcare Linen Services Group; David Potack, president, Unitex Healthcare Laundry Services; and David Stern, CEO, Novo Health Services. The discussion was moderated by TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci.
The first day of the conference kicked off with meetings of the Hygienically Clean Healthcare Advisory Board, Hygienically Clean Healthcare Users Group and a CEO/Executive Roundtable for the healthcare sector. A virtual Welcome Reception took place following the meetings. To read more about the Hygienically Clean meetings, click here. For more information on the CEO/Executive Roundtable, click here.
Thanks to the following companies for sponsoring the Virtual Healthcare Conference:
- Kannegiesser ETECH
- Laundry Design Group LLC
- JENSEN Group
- Lac Mac
- Sigmatex- Lanier Textiles
- Encompass Group LLC
- Omni Solutions
- Standard Textile
The following companies sponsored the plant tour: Pellerin Milnor Corp., Kannegiesser ETECH, Miura and Ecolab. Presentations from the Virtual Healthcare Conference will be available for attendees to access online.