The Hospital District of Southwest Finland is a public joint municipal authority that produces specialised health care services in its hospitals. The operations and service divisions include nearly all medical specialities and related laboratory services. The hospitals of the district are also used for education, internship and scientific research.
The hospital district offers extensive specialised health care services to the residents of the region. Additionally, the district is responsible for the availability of university hospital level services in the hospital districts of Satakunta and Vaasa, which are part of the Tyks expert responsibility area.
The district consists of 28 member municipalities with a total of over 470 000 residents. The district is a public organisation, which means that patients only pay a small part of their service fees. The majority of the costs is covered by the tax revenue paid by the patients' home municipalities and collected from their residents.
The hospitals and other units of the hospital district receive patients from health centres, occupational health services, private practitioners, and patients referred by the government or insurance companies. More than 200 000 people use the services of the hospital district a year.
The Finnish Wound Care Society (FWCS) was established in 1995. The mission of the Finnish Wound Care Society is 1) to promote multidisciplinary cooperation between professionals who are responsible for prevention and multiprofessional treatment of wound patients, 2) to promote training, education, development and research in wound care, 3) to cooperate with international wound care organizations and 4) to collaborate with companies working in the field of wound care.
To achieve these goals, the FWCS organizes yearly a national two-day multidisciplinary wound care conference, which collects some 550-650 participants. The FWCS arranges yearly also two or three one-day national educational events in different parts of Finland. The subcommittee of the FWCS reviews the applications for formal competence of authorized wound care nurses and grants the authorization. The FWCS provides educational and research grants. The FWCS publishes four issues of the Wound Journal (Haava-lehti) annually. The journal is also published on-line. The FWCS website has material related to wound care and promotes national and international wound care conferences. The FWCS is the umbrella organization for the arrangement of the Stop Pressure Ulcer Day in Finland. The Finnish Wound Care Society has about 2700 registered members making it the largest Wound Care Society in Europe per capita.
The academic history of Turku extends all the way back to the 13th century, when people from Turku went to study in the universities of Central Europe. In 1640, the first university of Finland, the Royal Academy of Turku, was established by Christina, Queen of Sweden. The University of Turku was established in 1920 with the aid of donations from 22 040 citizens, and it became the first Finnish university in Finland. The University’s founding years was an era of strong patriotism and Finland took its first steps as an independent country. This spirit can also be sensed in the motto of the University: From a free people to free science and learning
The University of Turku, has 7 faculties and 11 independent units. There are 20,000 students and 3,300 staff members. University of Turku is an internationally competitive university whose operations are based on high-quality, multidisciplinary research. We promote education and free science and provide higher education that is based on research. The University is part of the international academic community. We collaborate closely with the Finnish society and participate actively in the development of its region.
The University's goal is to be internationally well-known and recognised in its chosen areas of strength and to be nationally among the top universities in all of its research fields. In 2016, the University of Turku was the only Finnish university that was ranked among the 200 most international universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.