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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.

Dr. Pete Powell is Corizon Health’s new Chief Medical Officer. Corizon CEO Steve Rector said he brought Dr. Powell on board because of his experience leading complex, multi-state healthcare systems.

A primary focus of Dr. Powell is leading company-wide adoption of an integrated patient care model. Integrated care requires the coordination of physical health, mental health and substance abuse services. It’s perfect for the inmate population because there is such a high rate of co-morbid conditions. For example, a patient with a mental illness who has developed an addiction and suffers from diabetes and heart disease.

Dr. Powell comes to Corizon from Community Health Systems, a leading operator of general acute care hospitals and outpatient services. At CHS he oversaw 14,000 employees and 4,000 clinicians, spanning 1,100 sites in 21 states. Just the type of experience Corizon needs to provide medical leadership to our vast network of employees and facilities.

In November, St. Lucie County Jail, Florida Health Services Administrator Deborah Beltzer-Harper gave a Professional Day presentation to nursing students in the LPN program at the Indian River State College, inspiring one aspiring nurse to consider a career with Corizon Health. In an email thanking Debbie for her presentation, the student wrote: Continue reading

(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

By Tashima Ricks, MSN PHCNS-BC CCHP
Senior Correctional Nurse Specialist

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day is commemorated on December 1st of every year. As one of the first established global health awareness days, World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for everyone, worldwide, to unite in the fight against HIV, support those who are living with HIV and pause in remembrance of those who have died from an HIV-related illness. World AIDS Day reminds everyone that HIV has not gone away, and of the continued need to increase awareness and improve education. Continue reading

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

Corizon Health Music Therapy Ambassador Mark Collie will be performing in Missouri this week as part of the 2017 Missouri Reentry Week events, beginning with an concert on Halloween for the Secure Social Rehabilitation Unit (previous coverage here) at the Jefferson City Correctional Center and then at the opening reception of the 2017 Missouri Reentry Conference on November 1st at Lake of the Ozarks. Continue reading

On October 2nd, we celebrated certification of 18 Corizon and IDOC staff who successfully completed the CCHP and CCHP-MH certification exam.

Joe Cardona, an IDOC contract monitor, joined Corizon and IDOC staff together for classes in preparing for the certification exam.  This group met together several times under Joe’s tutelage.  This was a great demonstration of the power of partnership and collaboration.

New CCHP’s and CCHP-MH staff with their support team (L-R): Tom Dolan, AVP, Gen Brewer, DON, ISCI, Philippe Timmermans, H.S.A. SICI and CRC’s, Jeremy Clark, Clin. Sup., ISCI and SICI, Chris Johnson, Contract Monitor, Josh Tuckett, H.S.A. IMSI and CAPP, Sam Pierson, DON, ISCC, Grant Roberts, H.S.A. ISCC, Debra Bernamonti, DON, SBWCC, Adrea Nicodemus, Clin. Sup ISCC, Walter Campbell, Psychology Director, and Joe Cardona, teacher, coach and Contract Monitor, Kristi Dilworth, Chronic Care Nurse ISCC, Mike Grace, Nusg. Super CAPP, Kate Shelton, H.S.A. SBWCC, Jessica Guzzetti-Johnson, DON, IMSI, Jeremy Piersol, Contract Manager, Laura Watson Clin. Sup. ISCI, Connie Smock RDON and Rona Siegert, Health Services Director