Part of Corizon Health’s mission is to positively impact the communities we serve – where our employees live and raise their families. In large part we accomplish this through delivering clinical best practices, evidence-based medicine, and helping our patients successfully transition back into society. But we also give back through charitable giving. Continue reading

category: In the News

By Ralf Salke, SVP Operations – State

Rhonda Almanza stepped into the role of VPO for our Missouri Department of Corrections partnership.

Rhonda, a consummate correctional healthcare professional, has served in a variety of roles in the 29 years she has been part of the Corizon Health team, from working as a nurse at the site level to supervising more than 500 team members as our Arizona VPO and leading the tremendous work that has been done there over the past year.

She has the pleasure of leading a capable and experienced team in Missouri as we continue to exceed the expectations of this long-standing partner.

category: Employee Recognition, In the News

Corizon Health recently participated in a Suicide Prevention Summit convened by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care that also included other private correctional healthcare providers.

The August 30th day-long meeting in Chicago, was a unique opportunity to bring together national experts to collaborate on best practices to keep suicidal inmates safe. Corizon Health sent a large contingent including Chief Psychiatry Officer Joe Pastor, MD; Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations Mariann Burnetti-Atwell, Psy.D. CCHP; and Chief Operating Officer Jim Donovan. Continue reading

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By Mariann Burnetti-Atwell, Psy. D., CCHP, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations, Corizon Health

Several months ago, Corizon Health embarked on an initiative to eliminate suicides in the jails and prisons where we provide care. Corizon already had a strong record in suicide prevention, but we set this lofty – some would say impossible – goal because there simply is no number acceptable for completed suicides in a secure and supervised environment.

Yet, as a nation, the federal Department of Justice reports death by suicide in county jails is on the rise. The most recent federal Bureau of Justice Statistic reports showed the number of suicides in state prisons increased from 2013 to 2014 by 30 percent, an increase to 249 suicides from 192 the previous year. In local jails, suicide was the leading cause of death, accounting for a stunning 35 percent of all jail inmate deaths, a 13 percent increase from 2013 to 2014.

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category: Thought Leadership

Our SMART employees for the second quarter of 2017 are Stephanie Abshire, Behavioral Health Administrator at the Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Facility in Tennessee, and Joanie Vaughn, an LPN at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Alabama. These two team members have consistently exhibited Corizon Health’s SMART values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork. Continue reading

category: Employee Recognition

We are pleased to announce Corizon Health has won the rebid of our Shawnee County, Kansas contract and has signed a “3 plus 2” contract extension in Alachua County, Florida. Both of these are tremendous testaments to strong performance and partnerships with these important clients. Continue reading

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Corizon Health’s Dr. Andrew J. Adler, Statewide Behavioral Health Clinical Director in our Tennessee Department of Correction Mental Health Partnership, recently was called up by the American Red Cross to assist with Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which flooded that area of Texas. Continue reading

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Corizon Health employees extended their compassion and caring of others to those impacted by the recent hurricanes. After Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, Corizon Health offered a dollar-for-dollar match to donations made to the National Sheriff’s Association Disaster Relief Fund and the American Red Cross, and then extended the matching program for a week following Hurricane Irma. The Corizon Health family came through for a total raised of $11,000. The Sheriffs Fund helps law enforcement members and their families rebuild from disasters while the Red Cross provides worldwide disaster relief services.

category: In the News

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida earlier this month, first responders throughout the state mobilized to help ensure the health and safety of everyone in the path of what was promised to be a catastrophic event. Residents of county jails were no exception. Continue reading

category: In the News

July has marked the one year anniversary of the of the Core Processes program. During this first year, the Core Processes Program has been implemented in our state and community contracts, with training provided to a variety of audiences and roles ranging from administrative support personnel to regional medial directors. The Core Processes Program has reached our western-most sites in the Pacific Northwest to our southernmost sites on the east coast. Though the reach of the program touches both coasts and points in between, the foundation of what we do remains the same: Provide and/or support the delivery of safe patient care. Continue reading

category: Thought Leadership

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