Thought Leadership

Will your new employee succeed? It all starts with the quality of onboarding they receive.

Imagine the first day of school and you don’t know the kids, your teacher is new, you don’t know the rules or where the bathroom is . . . welcome to the world of a new hire! Too often we hear, “I was given the new employee orientation manual and put in a room for a day.” Continue reading

Senior VP of Nursing Becky Pinney

by Becky Pinney, Senior VP of Nursing

The first section of the Corizon Health Core Process Program was deployed to the field in the 3rd quarter of this year. We began with intake and ordering and receiving medications. The initial step in launching the program was to take a careful look at all aspects of these processes as they were being performed prior to Core Process. To do this, each facility was asked to perform a “Gap Analysis” using the applicable clinical and operations Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and checklists. Continue reading

Chief Human Resources Officer Sally Powers

Former employees returning to Corizon Health is one more indication of a bright future ahead
by Sally Powers, Chief Human Resources Officer

Many familiar faces from the past have rejoined Corizon Health this year. Though each has their own unique reasons for returning to the company, most share an encouraging theme: Corizon Health’s commitment to its people, patients and partners allows them to do their best work resulting in higher job satisfaction. Continue reading

MAJ Mark Fleming, Ph.D., Vice President Operations

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring when a traumatic stressor, such as injury or severe psychological shock, is so extreme that the adaptive capacities of most people are maximally taxed, if not exceeded.

Hundreds of thousands of service men and women and military veterans have seen combat. Many have been shot at, survived injuries, seen their buddies killed, or witnessed death up close. These are the types of events that may lead to PTSD. Continue reading

Senior VP of Nursing Becky Pinney

The true measure of the Corizon Health Core Process Program will be its impact on site performance, so as the end of the year approaches, your clinical leadership team asks that you please stop and do a “check-up” on the health of the program in your facilities. Has your gap analysis been completed? Are plans underway to address any areas that are in need of improvement? Have all staff members received the core process training? Is it used as part of the on-boarding process for new team members? Are you ready for the release of our new topics for Phase II? Continue reading

Becky Pinney, SVP Nursing

Corizon Health’s clinical leadership team recently began rolling out the Core Process Program to provide standardized approaches to seven fundamental clinical processes that we use every day in all Corizon facilities to deliver care to our patient population.

The program provides a defined, consistent approach to the way we deliver care as an organization. Our goal is to ensure the critical components of each process are in place and being performed to national correctional healthcare standards and Corizon Health expected performance levels. Continue reading

Karey Witty, CEO

Last month in this space, I wrote about how our business need not fear recent efforts to eliminate private prisons. I argued that providing healthcare behind bars is too complex – and becoming more so every day – for law enforcement and corrections agencies to manage within their core missions. The challenge for us is not whether jails and prisons will outsource their correctional healthcare needs, but how to ensure they continue choosing Corizon Health as their partner. Continue reading

Karey Witty, CEO

The US Department of Justice recently announced plans to phase out the use of private prisons in the federal system. This was shortly followed by an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security that it too is considering ending its contracts with companies like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group to operate immigrant detention centers.

These decisions are not targeting correctional healthcare providers, or specifically Corizon Health’s contracts. Continue reading

by: Becky Pinney, Sr. VP Nursing

Effective communication and teamwork is essential for the delivery of quality, safe patient care. Communication failures are a common cause of inadvertent patient harm. It is critical that we have a means in each of our facilities to allow our employees to speak up when they have a concern. It is also essential that all who are delivering care understand their responsibility to share information with our team members to ensure safe and effective care occurs. Continue reading

by: Becky Pinney, Sr. Vice President Nursing

Correctional nurses are tough, smart, hard-working and unique. They work in the challenging environment of jails and prisons—places where many others would not choose to practice the art of nursing. If you are considering a career in correctional nursing, here are some characteristics that are essential to possess to be successful and deliver the quality care Corizon Health strives to provide. Continue reading