Ricoh Ireland donates €175k worth of equipment to Temple Street Children's Hospital
Ricoh Ireland has donated print and document management devices worth more than €175,000 to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
The generous offering aims to allow the Dublin city hospital to make significant savings in operational costs - which can be reabsorbed into the overall hospital budget.
Some 44 pre-used state-of-the-art devices (including over 30 from biotech firm Amgen) were serviced, data cleansed, repaired where necessary and tested to ensure optimum performance before the donation by the tech firm.
“At Ricoh, we have a zero to landfill policy and are constantly striving to be a more sustainable business," Tom Foley, Annuity & Services Manager, Ricoh Ireland, said.
"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."
The devices replaced a wide range of 14-year-old disparate printers and are now being used collaboratively across multiple key departments including laboratories, operating theatres, radiology, wards, ICU and in the School of Nursing.
Ricoh's logistics provider, Cargocare also agreed to transport the printers to Temple Street free of charge.
The modernised scanning capabilities are helping Temple Street's green footprint with a move towards a paperless environment as charts and records that were previously in paper form can now be securely accessed by the hospital’s medical staff.
James Lohan, Contracts & Procurement Manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, said the hospital's existing printers were very old and "it was coming to the point where we would have to go back to market to replace them".
“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,” he said.
The hospital now expects at least a 15pc reduction in print running costs and a reduction in maintenance call-outs.