Lycoming College combines resources with health system for print operation

Two institutions that heavily rely on printing to put out tons of information have combined resources to make it happen at one location.

“This is a unique situation,” said Divine Providence Hospital President Robert Kane. “It’s a good partnership.”

The collaboration came about, in part, as a result of the health system’s ever-evolving transformation. Kane noted that the health system was forced to move its own print shop from Divine Providence Hospital’s Health Services Building in order to make room for clinical services.

“We were looking for new space,” said Gary Mitchley, manager of Susquehanna Health Logistics and the print shop team.

Enter Lycoming College.

Officials from both sides began discussing the idea of combining services.

“We talked about it,” said Marilyn Smith, print shop coordinator.

Smith has worked in the Lycoming College print shop, located in the communication building, for 15 years. In 2012, the college’s printing operations suffered a real loss with the death of longtime manager Richard “Ric” Cowher. During his 34-year tenure, the college won numerous printing awards.

That left Smith working alone in the print shop. She welcomes the addition of new employees.

Collaboration is good,” she said. “Everyone is skilled.”

Four people now work in the print shop.

She said she’s happy to see the collaboration that has taken place with the health system. Jeffery Bennett, the college’s acting vice president for Finance and Administration, said the hospital brought in some of its own printing equipment.

“We are looking forward to cost-savings going forward,” he said.

Some space was added to the college’s print operations along with some electrical lines and some lighting. But overall, there was no big investment of equipment.

“It’s a small investment for a big return,” Bennett said.

Kane said it’s simply rare to see two large institutions come together in such a way.

“You have employees from both institutions working here,” he said. “You can take care of bigger print operations.”

And no job, it seems, is too big – publications, letterheads, brochures, envelopes or business cards.

“From start to finish, we are able to do just about anything,” Mitchley said.