Contract News

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.

This continues a strong trend over the past few months of community corrections clients choosing to maintain their contracts with Corizon, despite all-out efforts by our competitors across the nation to force our contacts out to bid.

Our success in Tulare highlights the importance of close coordination between Clinical, Operations and Business Development. We want to particularly salute the efforts of RMD Dr. Glenda Newell, DON Veronica Vizcarra, VPO Charles Guffey, and Business Development VP Chris Bell. Together this team effectively communicated with and responded to client and site needs and demonstrated Corizon’s value and effectiveness.

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

Corizon Health is pleased to support the State of Kansas’s Reentry Week 2017 with special performances on Thursday and Friday by country music veteran and actor Mark Collie, the company’s Music Therapy Ambassador.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed July 10 – 14, 2017, Reentry Week, to highlight the evidence-based work done by staff, contract providers, volunteers, mentors, and community partners, which has led to a reduction in recidivism (returns to prison) from more than 55 percent to 35 percent. Continue reading

(L-R) Leon County Sheriff’s Office Chief Kim Peterson, HSA Debbie Sellers, Medical Director Dr. Maria Garcia and Sheriff Walt McNeil

The Leon County Jail recently received its NCCHC reaccreditation with 100 percent compliance on all 39 standards.

Sheriff Walt McNeil brought the entire corrections team – both deputies and Corizon Health staff – together to present the framed certification to site Medical Director Dr. Maria Garcia and Health Services Administrator Debbie Sellers. He then personally thanked every team member present.

“The sheriff spoke with all of our staff and thanked them while shaking their hand,” Debbie said. “The presentation was very heart felt and awesome.”

A  YouTube video of the presentation may be viewed by clicking here.

Our Kansas Department of Corrections partner has been going through the rigorous process of accreditation by the American Correctional Association, in part involving medical audits of each of the state’s nine prisons. The Lansing Correctional Facility was the last to be inspected and received a score of 100 percent compliance. Continue reading

Several Corizon Health staff, along with correctional staff, were honored with a Life Saving Award by the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff William Federspiel presented the award at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9809 in Kochville Township on May 10th. The award came as a result of a “code blue” at the Saginaw County Jail involving a civilian who had traveled to the jail to visit a loved one, only to suffer a drug overdose and resulting cardiac arrest. Continue reading

Our long-term client the City of Philadelphia has selected Corizon Health to continue as medical provider for the city’s Department of Prisons.

This is a partnership that has lasted almost 25 years, and the decision to continue Corizon’s service is in no small part due to the hard work and dedication of the entire site team led by Mary Silva. They are a passionate, professional team who clearly exceeds our client’s expectations. Continue reading

It’s been a quarter full of good news at the Coxsackie Regional Medical Unit (CRMU). Corizon Health’s contract to provide comprehensive medical services recently was renewed for an additional five years. Health Services Administrator Cindy Loucks praised her team for their contributions that helped ensure we will be continuing as provider for this long-running contract in the state of New York. Continue reading

Reprinted with permission from MRP Flash, the monthly newsletter of Missouri Reentry Process

First launched in June 2011 as a coordinated effort between the Missouri Department of Corrections and Corizon [Health], the Missouri reentry website was the first state-specific offender reentry website. Over the past six years, the website has continued to evolve with the newest enhancements going live in early 2017. The website has a number of unique and innovative features which allows the offender or those assisting the offender with transition planning to maximize the “reentry vetted” resources housed within this robust repository to create an individualized, offender specific plan. Continue reading