Toyota Tsusho and Tokai Corp Partner to Launch Valabhi Hospital Services, Revolutionizing Hospital Linen Management in India
Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a globally recognized trading company within the Toyota Group, and Tokai Corp, a specialist in hospital linen supply and medical peripheral businesses in Japan, have joined forces to launch Valabhi Hospital Services in India. The aim of this new venture is to provide comprehensive end-to-end linen management services to hospitals in India, with the goal of revolutionizing hospital linen management and offering improved hygiene in healthcare institutions.
Valabhi Hospital Services, with Toyota Tsusho holding a 55% stake and Tokai Corp a 45% stake, will be operational in Bangalore alongside its partners, Adityavani Facility Service Private Limited and Vashkleen Laundry Services Private Limited. The venture plans to expand its operations in other peripheral services in interstate cities and neighboring states in the near future.
According to Mr. Toshiaki Asai, Representative Director, Sr. Executive Director, TOKAI Corp, ensuring the provision of clean and hygienic linen is critical for maintaining high standards of patient care. Hospital linen encompasses a wide range of items, including bed linens, pillow covers, blankets, towels, curtains, doctors’ coats, theatre clothes, and other materials that are used in outpatient departments, inpatient wards, staff rooms, and office areas. The laundry management process is a comprehensive one that involves estimating the required stock of linen, identifying and segregating soiled and dirty linen, collecting and transporting them in covered trolleys to the laundry, thoroughly disinfecting and sluicing the soiled linen, washing, drying, repairing, calendaring and ironing, and finally delivering, sorting, and storing the clean linen. The launch of Valabhi Hospital Services will bring the technology and philosophy that Tokai Corp. has developed for infection control over the last 69 years to India and shoulder the responsibility towards supporting medical facilities and developing public health in India.
Mr. Hiroyuki Shinoda, Managing Director, Valabhi Hospital Services, stated that hospitals rely on their linen services staff to ensure that patients have access to hygienically clean linen and uniforms at all times. However, healthcare-acquired transmission of infections remains a significant risk and cost for healthcare environments worldwide. Valabhi Hospital Services is proud to introduce a solution that provides hygienic laundry and linen management services without compromising on quality and reliability. The company has based its business on three features – Linen Rental Model to free the hospital management from capex expenditure, RFID Tag System for ease of ground level staff and End-to-End Linen Management Service to avoid any dysconnectivity between person to person. As the Indian Government prioritizes healthcare infrastructure, Valabhi Hospital Services is confident that its services will help safeguard patients and staff from the risk of infections.