Employee Recognition

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.

(L-R) Dental Hygienist Gail Russell, LPN Brandy Kalvig, Dental Assistant Emily Williams, LPN Crystalyn Selsor, LPN Kayce Jines, RN Kalley Campbell, Med Tech Abbie Lear-Boland, AA Catie Murry, RN Katie Starks, LPN Linda Wiley, LPN Suzanne Hunter, RN Jody James, RN/DON Dawn Neff, Site Medical Director Dr. Michael Whitlock, LPN Karma Niemeyer, Medical Records Clerk Sandra Sheppard, RN Pam Brundage, Medical Records Clerk Monica Hunter

Eighteen VPO coins were presented to staff members of the Northeast Correctional Center in Missouri for their professionalism in the face of a correctional officer stabbing and the chaos that ensued. NECC Administrators attended the ceremony where the Warden expressed gratitude and appreciation for our staff’s response, poise and expertise.

(L-R) DON Michelle Willis, Assistant Warden Ben Brooks, RN Shelley Dilley, LPN Jessica Johnson, LT Moore, Deputy Warden Courtney Schweder

The Missouri Department of Corrections presented two Corizon Health nurses with the Lifesaver Award after being nominated by custody staff for their quick response, fast action and calm demeanor in assisting a patient who was choking. On March 12, 2017, a patient in the Transitional Care Unit at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron began choking on his morning meal. Upon entering the room, Corizon Health Nurse Shelly Dilley, RN, noted the patient’s lips were blue and he was unable to speak. She immediately began administering the Heimlich maneuver and asked an officer to call for Corizon Health Nurse Jessica Johnson, LPN. After multiple attempts to dislodge the blockage, the patient became unresponsive. Manual removal and suctioning was used to remove three pieces of pancake that were blocking the patient’s airway and he began to breathe and become alert. Continue reading

A doctor who launched a Vivitrol program for parole violators at a Michigan women’s prison and a Tennessee clinician who is working to open the first of its kind Opioid Addiction and Co-occurring Unit in the nation are the recipients of Corizon Health’s 3rd Quarter SMART Employee Awards. 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

Regional APRN Heather Ungeheuer, Regional Medical Director Dr. Patrick Corbier and Interim VPO Bob Burns

Heather Ungeheuer, Regional APRN for Corizon Health in the Kansas Department of Corrections, was presented a VPO Coin for exceeding expectations in helping to meet the needs of a patient. In addition to her regular responsibilities, Heather was instrumental in the recent transfer of a patient to the MAYO Clinic. Heather performed extensive research and found that the MAYO Clinic specialized in the specific needs of this unique patient case. After getting permission from the KDOC, she spent extensive hours in arranging air transportation, security coverage and other needs at the Clinic, hotel arrangements for custody staff, return air flight and treatment plan upon the patient’s return to Kansas. As this was a unique situation, the DOC was extremely appreciative for Nurse Ungeheuer’s efforts and the care that Corizon Health gave in meeting health needs of their patient. Continue reading

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.

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

Dr. Zaki Ajans has retired as psychiatrist at Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center in Missouri. Dr. Ajans has served offenders in the Missouri Department of Corrections for 47 years, having been the very first psychiatrist hired by the DOC in Missouri. Through the years, Dr. Ajans has served at multiple facilities and worked with some of the most difficult and ill offenders in the state—and without a single incident. Continue reading