Employee Recognition

Each quarter, Corizon Health staff across the nation nominate colleagues who consistently exhibit our company’s SMART values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork. From these nominations, two recipients are recognized as SMART Employees of the Quarter. At the end of each year, a single SMART award recipient is selected to receive our SMART Employee of the Year award. These are outstanding professionals, who are committed to the care and recovery of our patients.

Lene Brown,is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor who established and manages the only female Therapeutic Community within the Tennessee Department of Correction, located at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Pictured with Dr. Jennifer DeSouza, Clinical Director.

Lene Brown, one of our SMART Employee for the first quarter of 2018, has established and managed the only female Therapeutic Community in the State of Tennessee and has gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting patients with substance abuse issues, says Tennessee Director of Addiction Recovery Service Terry Kinnaman.

“She is hyper-vigilant to the safety and emotional needs of the patients she serves and the staff with whom she works,” writes Terry. “She is the personification of patient safety.”

Lene exceeds expectations in every aspect of her role as an LADAC. She has consistently received a 100 percent score on her quarterly audits, a feat not matched elsewhere in the state.

When the therapeutic community that Lene runs first opened, it struggled with organization and focus. Lene did not stand back and wait to be given direction, but moved the program forward ensuring the needs of the patients, the expectation of the warden, nd the obligations of the contract were met.

“She is a detail-oriented, task-focused problem solver who has a real mastery of her work,” Terry Kinnaman wrote in nominating Lene. “She has developed a communication style and culture that welcomes open dialogue and fosters healthy conflict and effective resolution.”

Corizon’s Tennessee leadership said Lene reminds them of a Quarterback – not only contributing fully to the team but is on the field leading the team while simultaneously working with the team to the reach the goal. And her willingness to share with her colleagues across the state the best practices that resulted in her site’s continued success on audits is evidence of her generosity and team spirit.

Dr. Joel Federbush, Director of Psychiatry at the Passaic County Jail in New Jersey was one of two Corizon Health SMART Employees for the first quarter of 2018, a peer-nominated award that recognizes employees who consistently exhibit Corizon Health’s SMART values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork.

Nominated by Passaic County, New Jersey Jail Health Services Administrator Allison Genberg, under Dr. Federbush’s leadership, in 2017, the Passaic County Jail mental health team  successful satisfied all areas of the mental health consent order achieving 100 percent compliance. Additionally, the team achieved a 100 percent score in the annual inspections conducted by the New Jersey DOC, as well as NCCHC re-accreditation.

Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, Dr. Federbush is a leader in his field. His expertise in forensic mental health is something he passionately shares on behalf of Corizon Health and our Passaic County Partner. Every year, he presents on a variety of topics at both national conferences of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) as well as the Warden’s Conference in New Jersey.

In nominating him for the the award, Passaic HSA Allison Genberg wrote: “Dr. Federbush is a true leader in the sense that he creates an environment that encourages others to share their thoughts and opinions, seeks input from his colleagues, and maintains an open door policy. He is transparent with his staff and maintains open dialogue through daily touch points and weekly team meetings. Dr. Federbush participates fully in all aspects of the site, making himself available 24/7 to ensure our patients receive the best care possible. Always approachable and always willing to help, Dr. Federbush is a fine example

Dr. Joel Federbush receives Corizon Health SMART Employee of the Quarter award from Passaic County Jail, New Jersey Health Services Administrator Allison Genberg.

of a Corizon SMART employee – not to mention that his sense of humor is unparalleled.”

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) recently re-accredited the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, New Jersey, after collaboration between jail administrators and Corizon Health staff ensured all standards were in compliance. The NCCHC is an independent organization established by the American Medical Association to set standards by which jails and prisons are measured. The initial accrediting and every three-year re-accreditation process is an exhaustive deep dive by NCCHC inspectors into all aspects of inmate welfare, reviewing hundreds of standards and lasting several days.

A key challenge to meeting all standards was ensuring individuals entering the facility received a health assessment within their first four hours at the jail – a goal made more difficult following New Jersey’s Bail Reform policies, which increased the length and complexity of the intake process by eliminating the ability to post bail before making a court appearance. Meeting this challenge required the jail to increase custody staff, and Corizon’s team established a triage process to assess all inmates
immediately after booking to identify those with the greatest medical needs. Next, a newly renovated intake area was built to provide nurses with a separate area to assess inmates confidentially and expedite their intakes as well as referrals to a practitioner when necessary. The result is that most inmates are seen in less than two hours.

Pictured are Corizon’s “Core 5” at the Passaic County Jail. From left to right Diane Lourido, RN, Compliance Coordinator; Dr. Joel Federbush, Director of Behavioral Health; Allison Genberg, LCSW, Health Services Administrator; Dr. Richard Berardi, Site Medical Director; and Sharon MacIntosh, RN, Director of Nursing.

 

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