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Idaho Maximum Security Institution nurse Chelsey Holcomb, RN, is pictured with her Silver Cross award for intervening in an emergency to save a patient’s life. To her left is Josh Tuckett, IMSI HSA; Jessica Guzetti-Johnson, DON at IMSI, and Tom Dolan, AVPO for Idaho.

Three Corizon Health nurses were honored last month with the Idaho Department of Correction’s Silver Cross for lifesaving interventions. Anthony Young, Allison Miguez and Chelsey Holcomb each received the award for intervening in emergency situations to save their patients’ lives.

Our team of committed healthcare professionals strives daily in jails and prisons throughout the nation to bring care and preventative medicine to those who are incarcerated. It is always a special day when some of these unsung heroes are recognized for their work.

Corizon Health has long recognized the unique needs of our patients who served in the military and the high-rate of PTSD among that population. Through our partnership with the Missouri Department of Corrections, A veterans dorm established at the Moberly Correctional Center has had such promising outcomes that such housing is being established at Potosi Correctional Center, Algoa Correctional Center and Boonville Correction Center. Thanks to Correctional News magazine, you can read more about Missouri’s Veteran Dorm Program here. Special recognition to MDOC’s Functional Unit Manager of the Moberly veterans dorm Amanda Lake, MDOC’s Deputy Director of the Division of Adult Institutions Alan Earls, and Corizon’s own Institutional Chief of Mental Health Services at Moberly Patricia Cahill. The commitment they have to helping these veterans successfully return to society shines through in their work.

Back (L-R): Jocelyn Holmes, Dr. Kevin Bredeman, Jenny Meehan, Dr. Ernest Graypel, Bryan Wieberg, Blake Farrill; Front (L-R): Christina Bolton, Heather White, Cindy Schupp

Between wrapping up the year-long team building Survivor Challenge and collecting/making items for our “Adopted Foundation,” the Missouri Regional Office personnel club has had a busy month in December. The Survivor Challenge has been a 12-month competition within the regional office with challenges ranging from puzzles, to less than appetizing foods, and ending with everybody tossing in their “buffs” to become part of different teams to make reindeer antlers out of balloons and pantyhose.  Teams had twenty minutes to make the tallest antlers possible. The winners’ antlers were 53 inches tall! Continue reading

Nurse Practitioner Andrew Boudreau, Acting Warden Erica Huss and Psychiatrist Dr. Terry Meden

Two Corizon Health Providers at Marquette Branch Prison in Michigan were awarded Warden Coins of Recognition for their ongoing support in providing care to a challenging patient population. Receiving the award from Acting Warden Erica Huss were Nurse Practitioner Andrew Boudreau and Nurse Psychiatrist Dr. Terry Meden. Continue reading

(L-R) Captain Jim Macedo, Sheriff Rick DiBasilio, Sheriff Keith Royal and Chris Bell

The second annual John Sully Award, which funds college scholarships for selected youth, was presented at a recent training meeting of seconds in command for the California State Sheriffs Association. This year, the award went to Captain Jim Macedo and Sheriff Rick DiBasilio of Calavares County and Sheriff Keith Royal of Nevada of Nevada County. Continue reading

Every year, the American Cancer Society uses the month of October to increase awareness about breast cancer. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women and 2,470 cases will be diagnosed in men. In addition, 63,410 cases of in situ breast carcinoma will be diagnosed among women. Approximately 40,610 women and 460 men are expected to die from breast cancer in 2017.1 Continue reading

By: Jeffrey Clark, RN, Regional Clinical Services Director

Doing the basics right every time, for every patient, is the basis of the Corizon Health Core Processes.

As teams throughout Corizon Health continue to embrace the Core Processes, the Nursing Services Healthcare Support Team (HST) has seen few any more excited to launch the program than the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) Team. The Nursing Services HST conducted Phase I and Phase II Medication Management training for the entire ADC operation in August 2017. This was identified as a priority, as medication management is a critical part of maintaining patient health and an essential component of the healthcare delivery process. Continue reading

On Saturday, July 15, at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility in Larned, Kansas, a correctional officer collapsed during his shift when he experienced a seizure, which resulted in a code situation. When the code was called, Corizon Health RN Deborah Blake responded and began CPR, assisted by Officers William Travnick and Zachary Austin.

The officer recovered and spoke to RN Blake to thank her just a few hours after the incident.

“I would like to take a moment and let you know that RN Blake’s involvement with the incident was very instrumental in saving the officer’s life,”reported Health Services Administrator Kayla Tranbarger. “She was very professional and helpful in this emergency situation and we are lucky to have her as part of our team.”

Thanks to our dedicated and hardworking frontline team of clinicians and medical services staff, the Tulare County, California Health and Human Services Agency chose to continue its four-year partnership with Corizon Health to provide services to the Tulare County Criminal Justice Facilities by extending our contract for an additional year. Continue reading

In a follow-up to “Pregnant in Prison: Bridging the gap between the due date and release date,” South Boise Women’s Correctional Center (SBWCC) inmate Samantha Campbell spoke about giving birth to baby Carter February 21, and having to leave him while she served out the remainder of her sentence. Continue reading