Detroit health group explores subacute option

Closing acute care hospitals and converting them into subacute care facilities is just one option for the southeastern Michigan area as it adjusts to the changing demands of health care, says Robert Parrish, senior vice president of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC).

"Subacute care is one of the options available and is a feasible alternative, but we first need to determine what our community’s needs are," explains Parrish. GDAHC, a coalition of HMOs, physician practices, employers, and government agencies, is looking at ways to bring community-based reform to the health care delivery system of the seven-county metropolitan Detroit area, he adds.

One of the biggest obstacles to closing acute care hospitals and converting them to other uses is community opposition, says Parrish. Michigan and the Detroit area in particular, have tried to reduce unneeded acute care beds in the past, but have failed. "The bed reduction initiative of the 1970s and 1980s had a minimal effect, and 10 years ago we tried to convert a hospital from acute care to subacute care, but it wasn’t feasible," he adds.

‰ Wound Care Associates is offering seminars on "Current Concepts in Wound Healing" on the following dates:

• Jan. 11-12, Biloxi, MS

• Jan. 18-19, Ft. Lauderdale, FL• Jan. 25-26, Laguna Hills, CA

• Feb. 15-16, Dallas

• March 1-2, Mount Home, AR

• March 8-9, Miami

• March 22-23, Seattle

Seminars in "Advanced Wound Healing" are being offered:

• Feb. 8-9, Naples, FL

• Feb. 22-23, Kansas City, MO

• March 15-16, Greensboro, NC

• April 19-20, Laguna Hills, CA

For more information contact Wound Care Associates, 177 Cherry St., Williams Bay, WI, 53191-9704. Telephone: (414) 245-6812. Fax: (414) 245-6912.

‰ The Medical University of South Carolina is offering a series of wound care specialty courses through 1997. Each is an intensive three-week program comprising 60 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of clinical work. Program dates are:

• Jan. 27-Feb. 15

• April 21-May 10

• July 14-Aug. 2

• Sept. 15-Oct. 4

• Nov. 3-Nov. 22

For more information contact: Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing, Department of Continuing Education, 171 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425. Telephone: (803) 792-2651.

‰ The American Subacute Care Association will hold a wound care session at its meeting Jan. 23-24 in San Francisco. For more information call: (305) 864-0396.

‰ American Subacute Care Association (ASCA) Educational Conference on Purchasing, Wound Care Programs, Managed Care Contracting, and Outcomes Research will be held March 10-11, in Denver, CO. Contact: ASCA, 1440 Kennedy Causeway, Suite 421, North Bay Village, FL 33141. Telephone: (305) 864-0396.

‰ The 1997 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care & Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair will be held April 12-16 in New Orleans. For details on the symposium, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, contact association liaison Jackie Wells at (800) 237-7285.

If you have a conference, seminar, or other wound care event you would like listed in the Calendar, please send the information to: Wound Care, P.O. Box 740056, Atlanta, GA 30374.