BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center announced Thursday that it plans to cut 17 of 27 positions in its laundry department as it prepares to outsource it as part of a modernization effort.
“Through discussions with the City of Bangor, we have determined that leaving laundry facilities on-campus is not feasible,” said Joel Farley, facilities and emergency preparedness administrator. “Due to increased demand, we are at risk of overloading our city waste water capacity. While many laundry models were thoroughly researched and carefully considered, the best option is to contract our laundry to a vendor that will be selected through our work with the Northeast Purchasing Coalition.”
The laundry operation at EMMC supports both that facility and Acadia Hospital, processing 10,000-15,000 pounds of laundry per day with aging equipment that needs to be replaced, according to a news release.
Officials at EMMC are working to find other positions in the hospital for those employees who are losing their jobs. Ten positions will be retained to handle outgoing and incoming laundry from the vendor and distribute it within the facilities.
“We are fully supporting all employees who may be affected by this change,” said Paul Bolin, director of human resources for the hospital. “EMMC leadership is working closely with these employees to find other positions within EMMC and, with the help of the EMHS Employee Career Center, will also be able to explore positions available at other member organizations.”
EMMC will partner with other Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems organizations to contract out laundry services through a vendor.