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Inland Women’s Health Care Awarded for Excellence in Patient Safety

Release Date: 06/29/2016

First in Maine to receive special certification
Inland Women’s Health Care, an obstetrics and gynecology practice in Waterville, is the first OB/GYN practice in Maine, and the tri-state region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont) to earn a special safety certification. The practice has been awarded the “Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence” (SCOPE) for Women’s Health. SCOPE is a patient safety focused program of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). According to ACOG, Inland Women’s Health Care, is among only 85 of 180,000 OB/GYN practices in the country to earn the safety credential.
What is SCOPE?
SCOPE is a comprehensive patient safety review program available to all OB/GYN medical practices. The program assesses the use of patient safety concepts and techniques in the office setting. ACOG conducted a rigorous inspection and review of Inland Women’s Health Care in March as part of the certification process. Participation in the SCOPE program is voluntary and involves a lengthy application process requiring documentation of patient safety policies and protocols. ACOG notes that by achieving SCOPE certification, Inland Women’s Health Care has demonstrated excellence in patient safety processes.
“We are very proud of the providers and staff at Inland Women’s Health Care,” notes John Dalton, Inland Hospital President and CEO. “The practice always puts their patients first – keeping them safe, and delivering the respectful, personalized care that every woman deserves. This certification shows that the practice is committed to the very best care and safety – which leads to the most positive medical outcomes.”
“The team really went the extra mile to demonstrate their effectiveness in providing safe, high quality care,” said William Bradfield, MD, Medical Director of Women’s Health at Inland. “Our patients can now be assured that the care provided at Inland Women’s Health Care is among the safest in the nation.”
About Inland Women’s Health Care
Inland Women’s Health Care is a practice of Inland Hospital. The office is located in the Medical Arts Building next to Inland Hospital on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville. In 2015, the practice earned recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice for its responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues. In addition, the OB/GYN practice was recognized for its key role in Inland earning the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics the last four years. Providers are William Bradfield, MD; Mark Klemperer, MD; Mary Vaughan, MD; Sally Stothoff, family nurse practitioner; and Helen Price-Wharff, family nurse practitioner. For more information about the practice, please call 872-5529 or visit www.inlandhospital.org.
About the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the professional membership organization for ob-gyn physicians. Based in Washington, DC, ACOG has more than 57,000 members and is the leading group of physicians in the US providing health care for women. For additional information on ACOG and the SCOPE program, visit www.acog.org or www.scopeforwomenshealth.org.
ACOG SCOPE Certified is the registered certification trademark or certification trademark of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.