Ricoh donation saves Temple St Hospital €175,000 on print, document management
18 April 2017 | 0
Ricoh Ireland has donated print and document management devices worth more than €175,000 to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. The savings – representing 15% of current print running costs – will be redistributed within the overall hospital budget and can be used to fund the purchase of additional devices and equipment.
Ricoh donated the suite of 44 nearly-new print and document management devices to the hospital, including 33 from biotechnology company, Amgen. Before delivery, Ricoh serviced the entire fleet, provided new parts as necessary and worked with its logistics provider, Cargocare, to transport the printers free of charge.
Ricoh’s suite of devices replaces a wide range of 14-year-old disparate printers, and are being used across key departments including laboratories, operating theatres, radiology, wards, ICU and in the School of Nursing.
Charts and records previously kept in paper form can now be securely accessed by the hospital’s 1,400 doctors, nurses and other clinical and non-clinical staff from any of the new devices.
“At Ricoh, we have a zero to landfill policy and are constantly striving to be a more sustainable business,” said Tom Foley, annuity & services manager, Ricoh Ireland. “When Amgen agreed to make the devices available for re-use, we wanted to ensure that the devices went to a deserving new home. They are nearly-new state-of-the-art devices, so we knew that they would be of great value to the right recipient.
“Temple Street Children’s University Hospital has been a valued customer of ours for many years and we knew that their existing printers were in severe need of replacing. The Temple Street Foundation is tireless in its fundraising efforts throughout the year and we thought that this would be a great way to help them save money and use it for a worthwhile cause.
“It is the first time that we have done something like this in Ricoh Ireland and we hope that this new relationship with Temple Street, along with other charities, will keep going for many years to follow. Cargocare’s eagerness to transport the devices free of charge was crucial to making the project success.”
James Lohan, contracts & procurement manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, said: “Our existing printers were very old and it was coming to the point where we would have to go back to market to replace them. This arrangement is allowing us to make significant savings in operational costs, while also helping us to implement a greener procurement process.
“The new devices have a scan capacity that we didn’t have before, helping us to move towards a secure paperless environment. That also allows staff to collaborate more effectively, as they no longer have to share the same paper files.
“The savings will be used across the hospital site and can be used to fund medical devices to benefit patients directly. Any budget savings are greatly welcomed by us as they can then be used to directly benefit our patients.”