In the African country of Ghana, many medical facilities offer limited maternity services, available only during specific hours or days. This lack of much-needed care has led to deaths in both urban and suburban locations for mothers and newborns.
“People die in Ghana not because they cannot afford to pay for health care, but because they do not have access,” said Dr. Benjamin Taylor, president of Sanford World Clinic.
To directly address this issue, Sanford World Clinic locations in Ghana now offer 24-hour maternity and delivery services in their facilities.
This life-saving expansion of services was featured on ghanaweb.com, an online portal of Ghanaian news.
Sanford World Clinic’s services focus not just on accessibility, but also on quality. Therefore, the locations are all committed to providing care with the highest standards, which is being recognized internationally.
Accreditation for quality care
“The SafeCare award gives us the assurance that we’re on the right track to quantifying quality processes. The award reinforces the need to create internal systems that modify employee behavior towards the improvement of patient outcomes,” said Kojo Taylor, president of Sanford World Clinic-Ghana.
Citi Newsroom, one of the largest newspapers in Ghana, ran a feature story and photos on the announcement. Similarly, Daily Graphic, the largest newspaper in the country, published a story and image in its print edition.
According to SafeCare, organizations rise on the accreditation process for having a proven track record of continuous quality improvement, being in substantial compliance with the SafeCare standards and meeting the decision rules for accreditation by an independent organization.
About Sanford World Clinic
A division of Sanford Health, the Sanford World Clinic initiative was born in 2007. It came from the idea that all people have the right to quality health care. The Sanford World Clinic team is always exploring opportunities and partnerships. This enables them to improve health care around the globe. Consequently, this has led to research portals, educational hubs and permanent, sustainable health care in areas with limited access to care.
As part of the initiative, Sanford Health now has clinics, facilities and partnerships in nine countries: Ghana, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Vietnam and underserved areas of the United States in Oklahoma, California and Oregon.
Starting in 2012, Sanford Health also established a relationship with the Ghana Ministry of Health. Sanford Health continues to work with the government to provide quality health care and related technology close to home.
All locations in Ghana are outpatient facilities. These facilities provide consulting, IV hydration, maternity care, wound care, health education, telemedicine, laboratory and pharmacy services. Sanford Health owns and operates five Ghana clinics but works with the government to consult on numerous other clinics.
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