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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.

We’ve been remiss in introducing two new leaders who have joined Corizon Health’s executive team in recent weeks. In February, Shalin Shah came on board as Chief Financial Officer, and Carolyn Schneider joined as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Most recently the CFO of two prominent Nashville-based medical centers – St. Thomas Health Midtown and West – Shalin comes to Corizon with more than 25 years of hospital experience serving in both the chief financial and chief operating officer roles.

Likewise, Carolyn brings more than 25 years of experience in human resources for healthcare companies, including Capella Healthcare, and her talent management work has been featured in Computer World, PC Week, and Plants Parks and Sites magazines.

Both Shalin and Carolyn have hit the ground running at Corizon to provide the leadership needed to embark on a new chapter in Corizon’s history. Just last year, the company completed a recapitalization that eliminated a tremendous amount of corporate debt, infused capital into the company, and resulted in a new board of directors with three independent members who then selected hospital executive Steve Rector late last year as Corizon’s new CEO.

Under Steve’s leadership, Shalin is working to increase efficiencies in back office operations to ensure the public resources entrusted to us by our government partners are maximized for the care of our patients. Carolyn is working to implement best practices honed at some of the country’s leading healthcare company to implement the strongest clinical recruiting and retention program in the correctional healthcare industry.

Members of the Tennessee behavioral health team attended the annual Vision of Hope Award Gala in Nashville, sponsored by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI). The mission of NAMI is to enhance the lives of those affected by mental illness. Continue reading

The Corizon Health team in Polk County, Florida is hosting a food drive in support of hungry children in their local community. The drive is open to all medical and sheriff’s office staff, with donation boxes located at all three Polk County sites—Central County Jail, South County Jail and Booking. Continue reading

(L-R) Chris Bell, Major Patrick Tighe, Roger Johnson, Greg Toomey

The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, a non-profit residential child and family services, hosts an annual golf tournament fundraiser to support its mission to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to their communities for years to come. Corizon Health has proudly sponsored this event for the past several years, participating in this year’s event as a Gold Sponsor. Continue reading

Leadership Center for Excellence in Arlington, Virginia is dedicated to “developing change-makers” in the region. Corizon Health recently made a sizable donation in honor of their Leadership Arlington Public Safety and Justice Day, held in mid-March. The day assembled 50 professional leaders in order for them to gain an important understanding about the public safety issues that face the Arlington community. It also provided them with additional opportunities to develop their conflict resolution skills.

According to Leadership Center for Excellence, they have to date graduated 1,400 leaders in the community, representing over 600 organizations from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

On April 21, the Tennessee region held a team building day in Brentwood. Activities included a game in which participants had to guess fun facts about their colleagues—an attempt to get to know one another better. The team also had a group lunch and concluded the day by breaking out of prison at The Escape Game Nashville.

Team members expressed appreciation for the opportunity to spend quality time together and foster working relationships.

The American Correctional Association (ACA) Winter Conference was held in late January in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. For 146 years, ACA has been one of the premier advocates for corrections and correctional effectiveness. Since our inception, Corizon Health has taken a highly visible role in providing thought leadership and sharing best practices to those attending this organization’s various conferences and workshops. The 2017 Winter Conference was no exception. Continue reading

The Correctional Professionals Assistance Fund of Indiana (CPAFI) presented on December 15, 2016, two Madison Correctional Facility staff scholarships to assist with higher education costs. Continue reading

Team Corizon’s holiday food drive was an undeniable success. The initial goal was to collect 1,300 lbs. of food for Second Harvest Food Bank, a Nashville-area non-profit that works to feed the hungry and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee. A total of 4,097 pounds of food was collected, smashing the goal set forward at the beginning of December. The kindness and generosity of Corizon Health team members will help to ensure hungry families throughout the community will be fed. Continue reading