The Arlington County Excellence Award honorees

Two team members in Arlington County, Virginia, were nominated, along with Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff, for the ‘County Managers Excellence Award.’ Corizon Health employees Karen Grines and Susan Soto were nominated by Chief Deputy Paul Larson in a letter to Sheriff Beth Arthur in early November. Included in the nomination were Captain Andy Hakes (ACSO), Captain Jay Ternent (ACSO), Suzanne Somerville (HHS) and Aubrey Sclarandis-Graham (HHS). The nomination letter detailed a medical incident involving an inmate with mental health issues suffering from a life-threatening condition. Due to advanced melanoma, one of his lower legs needed to be amputated. Facing a mandatory release at the end of October, the team was left with a dilemma—having the surgery performed as soon as possible would have left the inmate to be released just weeks after having part of his leg removed. With no home to return to and no guarantee of follow-up medical care, the alternative was not to perform the surgery and work to ensure the patient received the care he needed after he was released. Continue reading

category: Employee Recognition

Josh Buskirk (above left, center) and Kendra Winkles (above right, center)

The ‘SMART Employee of the Quarter Award’ recognizes Corizon Health employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in their daily practice and who exemplify the CorizonSMART values—Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork—in all aspects of their role within the organization. They are nominated by colleagues and/or supervisors for this award. Corizon Health’s first two SMART Employees of the Quarter are LPN Kendra Winkles of Tomoka Correctional Institution in Florida, and PA Josh Buskirk of Saginaw Correctional Facility in Michigan. Continue reading

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Santa Barbara County, California, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS) is launching a new grant-funded program focused on female juveniles currently serving time within the county. The Resiliency Interventions for Sexual Exploitation, or RISE Project, provides mental health services, including beneficial group therapy sessions three times per week. Participants also receive one-on-one counseling on a weekly basis, working with an all-female staff. Continue reading

category: Contract News

(L-R) Lacinda Jones, Kimberly Wilkins, Shaaron Mills, Dr. Mallard, Annette Ivy, Caprice Robinson and Ida Ray

Recently, the medical department at the Medium Security Institution (MSI) in St. Louis, Missouri received a frantic phone call from the processing area officer stating that Corizon Health Nurse Shaaron Mills had passed out while on duty. Medical staff responded immediately, rushing to the processing area to provide emergency aid to their fellow nurse. Upon arrival, the Nurse Mills appeared to have regained consciousness. Nevertheless, Lacinda Jones, Director of Nursing (DON), suspecting a stroke, quickly dialed 911, taking every precaution to ensure Nurse Mills received the critical care she needed. Continue reading

category: Employee Recognition

At the start of this year, the Corizon Health behavioral health team in Tulare County, California began a weekly support group for male inmates, offered to those who have frequently sought mental health services during their incarceration. Group participants openly share their fears, disappointments, successes and goals with one other. They willingly discuss specific events in their lives–events which changed them so drastically, that they have floundered throughout adulthood until eventually finding themselves behind bars. Often, unapologetic tears flow in these group sessions, and participants kindly offer each other words of support. Continue reading

category: In the News

LPN Portia Watlington (L) and RN Taptolia Barden-Carpenter (R)

Corizon Health LPN Portia Watlington, Nurse Compliance Coordinator, and Corizon Health RN Taptolia Barden-Carpenter, Staff Nurse, are now published authors. Their article, “Establishing an HIV Screening Program Led by Staff Nurses in a County Jail,” appeared in the November/December issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. The journal is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed publication guided by a multidisciplinary editorial board of administrators, practitioners and scientists. The November/December issue focuses on surveillance and programs for HIV infection and sexually-transmitted diseases. Continue reading

category: In the News

(L-R) RN Rachel Rempel, LPN Lori Switzer, LPN Candice Smith

In a recent email from Kim Stephenson, Assistant for the Deputy Warden of Operations at Chillicothe Correctional Center (CCC) in Chillicothe, Missouri, three Corizon Health Nurses were named Employees of the Month, along with two correctional officers, for their actions which saved the life of an offender who was found unresponsive. Continue reading

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Kansas City Reentry Center

Recently, the Missouri Department of Corrections transformed a halfway house for those newly released from prison into a minimum security facility. What was known as the Kansas City Community Release Center is now the Kansas City Re-entry Center. The new facility is getting receiving good feedback from local downtown businesses. The Center helps cut down on loitering and other problems associated with the previous facility, which housed up to 400 people on probation or parole and released them every weekday morning. Continue reading

category: In the News

(L-R) Preston Farnum, Paul Torrez, Jessie Phelps, NMCD Deputy Secretary of Operations Joe W. Booker, Alice Martinez, Jerry Roark and Associate Warden David Brown

Alice Martinez, a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for Corizon Health at Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility, was recently awarded the “Medal of Valor” by the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD). Nurse Martinez received this honor for her decisive actions during an emergency situation that could have easily resulted in the death of a correctional officer. Continue reading

category: Employee Recognition

2015 Corizon Health Nurse of the Year Donna Mendoza (L) and Director of Operations Marcie Burr

Congratulations to Donna Mendoza, Director of Nursing for Corizon Health at Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville (ASPC). She has been named the 2015 Corizon Health Nurse of the Year, an award given annually to a Corizon Nurse who demonstrates consistent excellence in their practice.

Ms. Mendoza completed her Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) in 2008, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2009, and is just a few months away from completing her Master’s in Leadership and Management. She began her work in corrections in 2007 as a charge nurse, then as an auditor. In April 2014, Donna joined Corizon Health as Director of Nursing for ASPC-Perryville and has recently been promoted to Assistant Regional Director of Nursing for our Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) contract. Continue reading

category: Employee Recognition, In the News

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