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SUSTAINABILITY: Making the Best Use of Resources 

The Million Dollar Solution (2/3) 
Published on Connect Magazine, Fall 2011

According to Ron, implementing a project like this one wouldn’t have been possible without a strong and multidisciplinary team in place: “This is a fairly complicated project that probably no other health care institution in Canada has tackled. “Once the plan is fully implemented, we will be the most modern organization that we can be in terms of print, scan, fax, and copy. It’s definitely cutting edge.” Even the approach to this project has been new. “Most of the time when we are looking to implement a new technology, we will ask government for the funds and then go to tender,” says Terry, “but in this case, we asked vendors to offer up a solution that wouldn’t require an outlay of capital from us… and that would guarantee savings.”

The successful company, RICOH Canada, did just that, guaranteeing that Eastern Health will save 30 percent - about one million dollars - a year.
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According to the team, RICOH has been an excellent corporate partner. The provider of print management services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, RICOH is up to the challenge at Eastern Health, even hiring two employees to work full-time within our organization.

“From the perspective of flexibility and working with us,” says Ron, “RICOH have been phenomenal.” So, with all these new printers rolling into a facility near you, how is it possible that we are saving money?

Basically it comes down to the nature of the project. Terry explains: “We don’t own any of these printers – it’s similar to a lease arrangement, except our charge is the cost per page.” Right now, the standard print or copy costs on average 6 cents a page. RICOH is charging us 4 cents per page—a 33% reduction. It’s easy to see how the savings will add up.
Chris O’Grady, Director of Financial Services, sees multiple ways that the project will bring savings. “If you’ve ever bought a desktop printer at home, then you know that although the printer itself may be cheap to buy, they are very expensive to run in toners and ink cartridges. “As well, we have multiple tenders on machines from over the years, so there are hundreds of invoices issued monthly. Now we’ll get one bill, which will make it more efficient for our staff, too.”
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Updated Jan 10, 2012