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among regional health care providers.
A group of smaller hospitals in Detroit
has formed to protect their interests.
The group contends small hospitals
will be forced to close when a bed-
reduction plan finally is adopted, while
larger hospitals with more political
clout will survive.
CHPC regional planners say ap-
proval of a new University Hospital, as
it is now planned, will hurt their efforts
to enforce a bed-reduction plan.
CHPC PLANNERS claim the Univer-
sity has avoided regional planning by
asking for state approval after it
refused to change hospital plans in
response to CHPC criticisms that the
hospital plans were too large and
costly.
CHPC president Goodwin outlined
yesterday the regional planning con-
cerns to which she said the University
should respond before state approval of
the hospital:
" The University should provide
more evidence that it is sharing costly
equipment and services with other area
hospitals.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL Director
Jeptha Dalston said yesterday the
University had provided regional plan-
ners with a list of between 50 and 100 af-
filiation agreements with area
hospitals.
"I suspect what it is they would like is
for us to have more (agreements),"
Dalston said. "We are working toward
more," he continued, at the rate of ad-
ding several per month.
" Goodwin said the University should
consider training more students at
Wayne County General Hospital, which
currently is under-utilized.
"WE ARE interested in closer
relations with Wayne County General
Hospital," Dalston countered. He said
University Hospital was seeking
specific "service-by-service"
agreements to avoid costly duplication
in the two hospitals.
Dalston pointed out that University
Hospital offers specialized services not
available at Wayne County General
Hospital. He listed six programs or ser-
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does not offer.
Dalston said regional planners "ten-
ded to look at acute care hospital beds
as being the same everywhere."
. Regional planners say the Univer-
sity should consider the impact a new
hospital will have on southeastern
Michigan, which has many hospitals
that cannot fill their beds.
IN ADDITION to these issues, at the
press conference in Detroit yesterday,
Mel Ravitz, a member of CHPC's
Board of Trustees, said the University
did not take new health care laws into
account in planning a hospital.
"Do you go back to the old style of
health care planning, where the
providers themselves do the planning,
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plan hurts cost-cutting
or do you let the people into the plan- On July 2, Dr. Maurice Reizen, direc-
ning process?" he asked. tor of the public health department,
Ravitz said his "greatest disappoint- responded that it would be "unfair" to
rhent" was with state officials, who, he the state and to the University to delay
said, expected CHPC to develop health the new hospital plans.
care plans for the region and yet went
ahead with approval for the new CHPC, HOWEVER, expects the plans
University Hospital. still will be delayed.
"IF WE LOSE on this one, there is
just no point in sweating out other CHPC has said, and Goodlwin
plans" to reduce health care costs, he repeated yesterday, that it will appeal a
added, decision to approve the current
CHPC has asked the public health proposal for a new University Hospital.
department to return the hospital plans If
to it for another review, to be under- s fuormal appeal channels are not
taken with a task force of interested successful, Goodwin said, "then we will
parties. go to the courts.

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