Becky Pinney, Corizon Health Senior Vice President of Nursing 

Corizon Health’s correctional healthcare expertise will be on full display at this year’s National Conference of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), as healthcare professionals from across the company offer a number of important educational sessions designed to help increase the nation’s overall quality and effectiveness of correctional healthcare.

Now in its 42nd year, the National Conference kicks off Saturday, October 20, in Las Vegas, with two days of preconference seminars, followed by three days of educational sessions. Thousands of correctional healthcare professionals will gather to enhance their knowledge of the unique considerations of delivering health services in correctional and juvenile detention environments.

Beginning with the preconference seminar “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Pain Management,” sessions taught by Corizon Health leaders will address a range of issues critical to a safe and effective correctional health program including team building, integrated care, chronic disease management, and promoting a healthy work environment to improve patient safety.

Corizon Health’s Senior Vice President of Nursing Becky Pinney, MSN, RN, CCHP-RN, said the company makes a significant investment in supporting its staff’s participation in the annual conference and other NCCHC educational events hosted throughout the year to raise the bar on the overall quality of correctional healthcare throughout the nation.

“Healthcare professionals who build their careers in the field of correctional healthcare, do so because of a personal mission to improve the lives of this population, and as a company, we share that mission,” Pinney said. “But there are challenges to overcome, like limited taxpayer resources, maintaining the security of the correctional environment, and understanding the medical complexities of these patients.

“As a leader in correctional healthcare, our commitment doesn’t stop at the gates of the correctional institutions we serve.”

Pinney, along with Corizon Health Senior Correctional Nurse Specialist Clayton Wheat, RN, will be presenting a session at the conference entitled “The Role of the Nurse in Chronic Disease Management,” which explores the importance of clearly defined processes for patients with chronical medical conditions and the essential elements of a successful chronic care program.

Other Corizon Health presenters include:

  • Corizon Health Director of Oncology Services Richard Kosierowski, MD, CCHP, and Director of Clinical Pharmacy Mark Moyers, RPh, CCHP, who are presenting the pain management preconference seminar;
  • Elmeada Frias, MAS, CCHP, and Latasha Deer, MSN, RN, CCHP, both of whom are Health Service Administrators (HSA) for Corizon Health within the City of Philadelphia prison system, will lead the educational session, “How to Build Effective Teams to Enhance Medical Operations;”
  • Corizon Health’s Michigan Medical Director Jeffrey Bomber, DO, CCHP, and Michigan Psychiatric Director Danielle Bradshaw, DO, will present a case study on the positive outcomes of the integrated care program in Michigan’s state prisons; and
  • Corizon Health’s Missouri Regional Director of Nursing Tara Taylor, BSN, RN, CCHP, and Missouri Regional Mental Health Director Elizabeth Atterberry, PsyD, CCHP,will lead a session on recognizing and preventing negative behavior among nursing teams.

Organized in 1976, by the American Medical Association, NCCHC sets the standards recognized by the medical profession and the courts as the benchmark for establishing and measuring a correctional health services system. NCCHC also administers the Correctional Health Professional certification program (CCHP). Correctional health programs are not required to be NCCHC accredited, nor is the CCHP required to work in correctional healthcare, but achieving these designations indicate that the program or the professional has undergone rigorous professional review that must be maintained to retain the designation.

Corizon Health, which has one of the highest percentages of CCHP-certified professionals among correctional healthcare providers, adheres to NCCHC standards in its delivery of care regardless of whether the individual correctional facility has undertaken the rigorous process of achieving NCCHC accreditation.

category: In the News

We are pleased to share this press release issued by the National Commission of Correctional Health Care regarding our colleague Dr. Leonora Muhammad, Corizon Health’s Senior Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety:

News Release

September 10, 2018

Contact: Barbara Granner

773-880-1460, ext. 284



Leonora Muhammed Is New CCHP Trustee


(Chicago) – Leonora Muhammad, DNP, APRN, CCHP, has been elected to the Certified Correctional Health Professionals (CCHP) Board of Trustees.

Dr. Muhammad is senior director of quality improvement and patient safety for Corizon Health, where she has served for the past 11 years. Her previous roles include staff nurse, director of nursing, regional director of nursing and senior clinical educator.

A program of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, CCHP certification recognizes health care professionals from a variety of disciplines and settings who practice in the unique correctional environment. The credential has been awarded to thousands of individuals nationwide.

The breadth of Dr. Muhammad’s experience in the field of correctional health care has facilitated her understanding of the competence and skills needed for CCHPs to be successful in the specialty of corrections, she said. “Obtaining CCHP certification is a task that should be valued and respected. I will work to ensure the CCHP exam represents quality, advanced knowledge and skill, as well as professionalism.”

Dr. Muhammad’s three-year term will begin Oct.21, the day after the board of trustees meeting, which will take place at NCCHC’s National Conference on Correctional Health Care in Las Vegas.

The CCHP board of trustees is comprised of 10 correctional health experts from a variety of health professions. Three trustees are CCHPs who are elected by their peers; the others are appointed from the correctional health care field. Elections are held every year to fill a three-year term on the board. The board is responsible for all aspects of governing the CCHP program. Activities include examination content, scoring and evaluation, as well as awarding of CCHP and specialty certifications to successful candidates.

The CCHP exam is administered at NCCHC conferences and at computer-based testing facilities around the country. All correctional health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

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About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

NCCHC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in the nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities, operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards, produces and disseminates resource publications, conducts educational trainings and conferences, and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, mental health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a liaison to the NCCHC board of directors.




NCCHC Supporting Organizations

Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of PAs, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Bar Association, American College of Correctional Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs’ Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

category: In the News

A medication-assisted treatment program in the Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility, the city’s prison for women, is being recognized for helping to protect women from heroin overdoses when they are released.

On Monday, August 6, 2018, stories in The Inquirer and on WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcasting station, highlighted the jail’s MAT program, which provides patients with a low dose of an opioid-based medication to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms and maintain a minimum tolerance so they don’t overdose should they return to using heroin upon release.

Dr. Jon Lepley, Corizon Health’s Chief Medical Officer for the facility, pioneered the program in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Prison Department, after learning about patients who overdosed and died soon after leaving jail.

The program piggybacks on an effort to provide the overdose-reversing drug naloxone to inmates as they leave the facility.

You can read more about the program and Dr. Lepley at this link.

category: In the News

Each quarter, Corizon Health staff across the nation nominate colleagues who consistently exhibit our company’s SMART values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork. From these nominations, two recipients are recognized as SMART Employees of the Quarter. At the end of each year, a single SMART award recipient is selected to receive our SMART Employee of the Year award. These are outstanding professionals, who are committed to the care and recovery of our patients.

Lene Brown,is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor who established and manages the only female Therapeutic Community within the Tennessee Department of Correction, located at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Pictured with Dr. Jennifer DeSouza, Clinical Director.

Lene Brown, one of our SMART Employee for the first quarter of 2018, has established and managed the only female Therapeutic Community in the State of Tennessee and has gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting patients with substance abuse issues, says Tennessee Director of Addiction Recovery Service Terry Kinnaman.

“She is hyper-vigilant to the safety and emotional needs of the patients she serves and the staff with whom she works,” writes Terry. “She is the personification of patient safety.”

Lene exceeds expectations in every aspect of her role as an LADAC. She has consistently received a 100 percent score on her quarterly audits, a feat not matched elsewhere in the state.

When the therapeutic community that Lene runs first opened, it struggled with organization and focus. Lene did not stand back and wait to be given direction, but moved the program forward ensuring the needs of the patients, the expectation of the warden, nd the obligations of the contract were met.

“She is a detail-oriented, task-focused problem solver who has a real mastery of her work,” Terry Kinnaman wrote in nominating Lene. “She has developed a communication style and culture that welcomes open dialogue and fosters healthy conflict and effective resolution.”

Corizon’s Tennessee leadership said Lene reminds them of a Quarterback – not only contributing fully to the team but is on the field leading the team while simultaneously working with the team to the reach the goal. And her willingness to share with her colleagues across the state the best practices that resulted in her site’s continued success on audits is evidence of her generosity and team spirit.

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