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(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

 

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.