A Healthy Outlook
When Debbie Burke and her staff enter their hospital in-plant each day, one question constantly remains on their minds: 'What else can we do to better serve the hospital, its patients and its staff?'
This constant desire to add more products and capabilities has brought high levels of growth to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Print Services during Burke's nine years as manager. When she arrived at the Toronto in-plant, Burke says the print shop was populated by Konica Minolta digital printers and a two-color Toko offset press. The shop did little more than place forms on glass for reproduction, she says.
Since those early days, Burke, a 30-year industry veteran, has orchestrated a complete equipment overhaul. The six-employee in-plant has gone all digital with Xerox equipment, including two Xerox Color J75s; extended the list of available products to include patient education materials, books and magazines; and most recently, it began printing on Xerox Performance Never Tear stocks.
"Every day we're looking for new things we can do," Burke explains. "It's something we work at all the time. Every day isn't the same here. We're an essential service, but every one of us loves coming to work, and we all love our jobs."
A Durable Solution
When the Xerox Performance Never Tear stocks (now owned by Domtar) first arrived at Sunnybrook, Burke recalls that her staff was not sure how the water-resistant polyester media would be used. It was clear, though, that the stocks would provide an alternative to lamination and make for a durable publication that could offer a variety of uses in the medical field.
The first opportunity to put the stocks to use came when the hospital's paramedics requested a reference book that could be taken into the field. The first run of books only used the stocks as the cover, but they are now printed entirely on Never Tear stocks.