In the News

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

 

By: Jeffrey Clark, RN, Regional Clinical Services Director

Doing the basics right every time, for every patient, is the basis of the Corizon Health Core Processes.

As teams throughout Corizon Health continue to embrace the Core Processes, the Nursing Services Healthcare Support Team (HST) has seen few any more excited to launch the program than the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) Team. The Nursing Services HST conducted Phase I and Phase II Medication Management training for the entire ADC operation in August 2017. This was identified as a priority, as medication management is a critical part of maintaining patient health and an essential component of the healthcare delivery process. Continue reading

By: Pam Duncan, RN, Oncology Manager, Corizon Michigan Regional Office

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and reminders to the public are everywhere; pink ribbons to remember to get your mammogram or encourage your friend, mother, sister, or loved one to participate in getting screened for breast cancer.

But what about our female offenders? Female offenders account for roughly 7 percent of the incarcerated population in state and federal prisons. What are we doing to assure our female prisoners are screened for breast cancer? The Michigan Corizon Team has implemented a unique mammography program for female offenders that is achieving a 95 percent compliance rate for annual exams. Continue reading

Part of Corizon Health’s mission is to positively impact the communities we serve – where our employees live and raise their families. In large part we accomplish this through delivering clinical best practices, evidence-based medicine, and helping our patients successfully transition back into society. But we also give back through charitable giving. 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.

Corizon Health recently participated in a Suicide Prevention Summit convened by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care that also included other private correctional healthcare providers.

The August 30th day-long meeting in Chicago, was a unique opportunity to bring together national experts to collaborate on best practices to keep suicidal inmates safe. Corizon Health sent a large contingent including Chief Psychiatry Officer Joe Pastor, MD; Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations Mariann Burnetti-Atwell, Psy.D. CCHP; and Chief Operating Officer Jim Donovan. Continue reading

We are pleased to announce Corizon Health has won the rebid of our Shawnee County, Kansas contract and has signed a “3 plus 2” contract extension in Alachua County, Florida. Both of these are tremendous testaments to strong performance and partnerships with these important clients. Continue reading

Corizon Health’s Dr. Andrew J. Adler, Statewide Behavioral Health Clinical Director in our Tennessee Department of Correction Mental Health Partnership, recently was called up by the American Red Cross to assist with Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which flooded that area of Texas. Continue reading

Corizon Health employees extended their compassion and caring of others to those impacted by the recent hurricanes. After Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, Corizon Health offered a dollar-for-dollar match to donations made to the National Sheriff’s Association Disaster Relief Fund and the American Red Cross, and then extended the matching program for a week following Hurricane Irma. The Corizon Health family came through for a total raised of $11,000. The Sheriffs Fund helps law enforcement members and their families rebuild from disasters while the Red Cross provides worldwide disaster relief services.