In the News

On Saturday, July 15, at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility in Larned, Kansas, a correctional officer collapsed during his shift when he experienced a seizure, which resulted in a code situation. When the code was called, Corizon Health RN Deborah Blake responded and began CPR, assisted by Officers William Travnick and Zachary Austin.

The officer recovered and spoke to RN Blake to thank her just a few hours after the incident.

“I would like to take a moment and let you know that RN Blake’s involvement with the incident was very instrumental in saving the officer’s life,”reported Health Services Administrator Kayla Tranbarger. “She was very professional and helpful in this emergency situation and we are lucky to have her as part of our team.”

Thanks to our dedicated and hardworking frontline team of clinicians and medical services staff, the Tulare County, California Health and Human Services Agency chose to continue its four-year partnership with Corizon Health to provide services to the Tulare County Criminal Justice Facilities by extending our contract for an additional year.

This continues a strong trend over the past few months of community corrections clients choosing to maintain their contracts with Corizon, despite all-out efforts by our competitors across the nation to force our contacts out to bid.

Our success in Tulare highlights the importance of close coordination between Clinical, Operations and Business Development. We want to particularly salute the efforts of RMD Dr. Glenda Newell, DON Veronica Vizcarra, VPO Charles Guffey, and Business Development VP Chris Bell. Together this team effectively communicated with and responded to client and site needs and demonstrated Corizon’s value and effectiveness.

In a follow-up to “Pregnant in Prison: Bridging the gap between the due date and release date,” South Boise Women’s Correctional Center (SBWCC) inmate Samantha Campbell spoke about giving birth to baby Carter February 21, and having to leave him while she served out the remainder of her sentence. Continue reading

Corizon Health is pleased to support the State of Kansas’s Reentry Week 2017 with special performances on Thursday and Friday by country music veteran and actor Mark Collie, the company’s Music Therapy Ambassador.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed July 10 – 14, 2017, Reentry Week, to highlight the evidence-based work done by staff, contract providers, volunteers, mentors, and community partners, which has led to a reduction in recidivism (returns to prison) from more than 55 percent to 35 percent. Continue reading

MCAA door prize winners

The Maryland Correctional Administrators Association recently held their annual conference in Ocean City, Maryland with a theme of “Facing Correctional Challenges.” Corizon Health was a Diamond Sponsor at the event, which brings public safety professionals together to network and learn about issues that play a significant role in the criminal justice field. Vice President of Business Development Chris Bell attended the conference, along with Vice President of Operations Bob Orrick and Regional Vice President of Operations Micki Streeter. In conjunction with our Diamond Sponsorship, Corizon was also able sponsor the Employee and Officer of the Year dinners. Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that Carla Copeland has been promoted to Director of Network Development and Purchasing. Carla has been with Corizon for 14 years and has exemplified Corizon SMART values while delivering significant bottom line savings to the organization through efficient and strategic management of our provider and vendor networks. Congratulations, Carla!

We are pleased to announce that Rodney Ballard, who as the director of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Community Corrections was a long-time client partner of Corizon Health, is now working as a full-time consultant on our business development and client satisfaction efforts. Continue reading

The National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Committee meeting

Corizon Health’s business development team was out in force at the National Sheriffs Association Annual Conference held this month in Reno, Nevada. Retired Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, Corizon’s Sheriff Ambassador, addressed the meeting of the NSA’s Executive Board and Board of Directors on June 27th, a first for a Corizon Health representative. Continue reading

(L-R) Leon County Sheriff’s Office Chief Kim Peterson, HSA Debbie Sellers, Medical Director Dr. Maria Garcia and Sheriff Walt McNeil

The Leon County Jail recently received its NCCHC reaccreditation with 100 percent compliance on all 39 standards.

Sheriff Walt McNeil brought the entire corrections team – both deputies and Corizon Health staff – together to present the framed certification to site Medical Director Dr. Maria Garcia and Health Services Administrator Debbie Sellers. He then personally thanked every team member present.

“The sheriff spoke with all of our staff and thanked them while shaking their hand,” Debbie said. “The presentation was very heart felt and awesome.”

A  YouTube video of the presentation may be viewed by clicking here.

Our Kansas Department of Corrections partner has been going through the rigorous process of accreditation by the American Correctional Association, in part involving medical audits of each of the state’s nine prisons. The Lansing Correctional Facility was the last to be inspected and received a score of 100 percent compliance. Continue reading