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ImageFIRST Acquires Southern Medical Linen Service

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — April 16, 2021 — ImageFIRST, a leading provider of linen and laundry services for the healthcare industry, announced today the acquisition of Southern Medical Linen Service.

Southern Medical Linen Service, founded in 2004 by Ken Brandeis and Stu Donowitz, specializes in servicing the healthcare market with the majority of their business in the outpatient and high touch inpatient sectors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Southern Medical Linen Service is headquartered in Tucker, GA. The business operates from a 50,000 square foot standalone plant, situated closely to the ImageFIRST Atlanta laundry plant.

“Southern Medical Linen Service has built a strong reputation and has been a formidable competitor within the Atlanta community for many years,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ImageFIRST. “We are looking forward to working with Ken and Stu to further expand our customer base and continue to provide world-class service to medical facilities in Georgia. Both organizations specialize in the healthcare market, so it’s an ideal fit.”

“Our team is eager to partner with ImageFIRST,” said Ken Brandeis, co-founder of Southern Medical Linen Service. “While our business has grown over the past 16 years, we’re excited to build upon our foundation alongside ImageFIRST.”

The new partnership between ImageFIRST and Southern Medical Linen Service reinforces the reputations of both companies while continuing to maintain their shared commitment to providing high quality linen and laundry services to the healthcare industry.

ImageFIRST continues to expand its national footprint and with its latest acquisition of Southern Medical Linen Service, will further expand their linen and laundry servicing capabilities throughout the Atlanta, GA area. After the completion of this transaction, ImageFIRST will service more than 18,000 medical facilities each week and will operate out of more than 60 locations nationwide.

About ImageFIRST

Founded in 1967, ImageFIRST® is the largest and fastest growing national linen rental and laundry service specializing in the healthcare market. ImageFIRST’s 60 locations nationwide serve over 18,000 medical facilities every week providing linen, patient gowns, scrubs and more while managing their clients’ linen inventory for cost management. With a customer retention rate of over 95%, ImageFIRST is dedicated to improving patient satisfaction through quality products and remarkable service: their Comfort Care® line of gowns are proven to increase patients’ favorable perception of a facility by more than 50%.

About Southern Medical Linen Service

Founded in 2004, Southern Medical Linen Service (SMLS) is a healthcare focused laundry service provider that specializes in servicing the specialty outpatient and specialty inpatient sectors throughout Georgia. Headquartered in Tucker, GA, SMLS launders and delivers medical linen and uniforms, floor mats, and privacy curtains to healthcare facilities while maintaining a hands-on management approach.


Contact Information:

Magali Tranié
ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists
(800) 368-3676

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