Improves Sanitation with World Dryer Hand Dryers
Based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Community Counseling Center has served the mental health needs of citizens in a five-county region of southeastern Missouri since 1974. The Center is an administrative agent for the Missouri Department of Mental Health entrusted to offer comprehensive services that include crisis intervention, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, and social and rehabilitative programs. As an active part of such a large community, the Center works out of 16 locations defined by their functions, such as administrative and medical offices, community event and recreational facilities, a group home and, most recently added, an apartment complex.
Community Counseling Center employs about 200 full-time and part-time health care professionals, and last year provided 150,000 hours of treatment and intervention to approximately 6,000 individuals. Many of the Center’s facilities are publicly accessible, and by law, must be ADA-compliant. Additionally, funded only partially by the state, by sliding-scale service fees, and by private donations, the Center must watch its budget in order to maintain high quality, sanitary standards at reasonable cost.
Larry Ream joined the staff about 18 months ago to head up the Center’s facilities management operations. One of his first tasks was to familiarize himself with all the functions and costs of his department and, where possible, to improve upon existing procedures. Community Counseling Center’s home office in Cape Girardeau had been using paper towels in its restroom facilities. Ream noted, “As one of my budget recommendations, I looked at cost per month and then cost per year. Then I looked at the cost of a hand dryer unit and installing it. When I found that the ROI on it was only 90 days, the decision to move to hand dryers instead of paper towels was easy. I didn’t even have to look at the labor cost associated with paper towels. I went in to the executive director and showed him the return and he said, ‘You haven’t bought them yet?'”
Although Ream researched hand dryers online, he relied more heavily on personal experience in selecting a manufacturer of hand dryers to replace the paper towels.
“I looked around at every restroom in my travels,” he said. “I continued to see World Dryer products, so I took a closer look at what the company offered. It definitely offered a larger selection than its competitors did. When I saw the SLIMdri and the fact it offered a compact structure of 11 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 4 inches deep which made it ADA compliant, I was sold. What also sold me on World Dryer’s SLIMdri hand dryer is that it is almost 40 percent faster than other ADA surface mounted hand dryers and is extremely energy efficient. That is very important to us as an institution.”
In fact, World Dryer’s SLIMdri hand dryers are up to 70 percent more energy efficient than other hand dryers. Due to its high efficiency design and technology, SLIMdri is GreenSpec® Listed and offers LEED credits to facility managers. Addtionally, Ream appreciated that SLIMdri is easy to mount and includes hands-free automatic technology as well as a patented SteriTouch® antimicrobial technology to shield against the build-up of bacteria.
“I look for a vendor-partner that’s going to be there for the long haul. Somebody that gives me customer service and that you build a relationship with,” said Ream. “From the minute I started talking to a World Dryer representative he seemed to know what I needed and he guided me in the right direction.”
Community Counseling Center first purchased SLIMdri units for its home office facility.
Since installation, Ream has seen positive results. In addition to the 90-day return on investment, he estimates that the SLIMdri units have saved 50 percent on the day-to-day costs of maintaining and supplying the center pull units.
“Being in a mental health environment where we service so many people, the use of paper towels can be an issue,” he added. “When they’re dirty, they’re thrown around. They hit the floor and it is unsightly and unhealthy to have trash around. Additionally, having the hand dryers has helped my maintenance people. World Dryer’s hand dryers are easy to install and the maintenance staff likes the fact that they’re less involved with the labor aspect associated with the use of towels. I think they’d put them in the hallways and in the kitchen areas if they could.”
Moving forward, Ream is looking toward expanding the use of World Dryer hand dryers at the Community Counseling Center facilities under his supervision. With energy efficiency a personal concern for him, he said, “I’m getting ready to put a large addition onto the building right now. Will it have restrooms and dryers? Yes it will, and they will be World Dryer hand dryers for sure.”