Second quarter SMART Employees of the Quarter announced

Second quarter SMART Employees of the Quarter announced

Second quarter SMART Employees of the Quarter announced

We are pleased to announce that Shirley Haley (left) of Wyoming Honor & Boot Camp in Newcastle, WY and Tara Weist (right) of Kinross Correctional Facility (KCF) in Kinross Charter Township, MI, are our SMART Employees of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2016. The SMART Employee of the Quarter award recognizes Corizon Health team members who consistently demonstrate excellence in their daily practice and exemplify CorizonSMART Values in all aspects of their role. Team members are nominated by their colleagues and/or supervisors for this award and winners are selected from a diverse review committee.     (more…)

Doula program launched in Alabama’s Tutwiler prison generates state interest

Doula program launched in Alabama’s Tutwiler prison generates state interest

A committee that supports women’s health programs at the Alabama Department of Public Health got a chance on Friday, September 16, 2016, to learn more about a new doula program that is serving pregnant women at the state’s Tutwiler Correctional Facility. (more…)

A move away from private prisons doesn’t mean moving away from private correctional healthcare

A move away from private prisons doesn’t mean moving away from private correctional healthcare

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. (more…)

Henderson Detention Center passes ICE audit with perfect score

Henderson Detention Center passes ICE audit with perfect score

(L-R) LPN Shawn Crowley, DON Marsha Gardner, RN CJ Woolman, LPN Paula Yamada

The Henderson Detention Center in Henderson, Nevada, recently received a 100 percent score on its recent Detention Standards Compliance Audit with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ICE auditors commented on the professionalism of Corizon Health staff, under the leadership of Health Services Administrator (HSA) Pat O’Connell and Director of Nursing (DON) Marsha Gardner. (more…)

Social worker assists facility in procuring emergency housing for disabled patient

Social worker assists state in procuring emergency housing for disabled patient

Somerset County, N.J., Corizon Health Social Worker Jennifer Seminara recently demonstrated an outstanding commitment to a patient – and to Corizon Health’s SMART values – Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork – by finding an alternative to pre-trial incarceration for a developmentally disabled patient.  The patient has a genetic disorder called Noonan Syndrome that prevents normal development in various parts of the body. (more…)

Health Services Administrator honored twice at Riverside Regional Jail, Virginia

Health Services Administrator honored twice at Riverside Regional Jail, Virginia

HSA Kelli Rogers with Superintendent Jeff Newton

Kelli Rogers, Health Services Administrator (HSA) for Corizon Health at Riverside Regional Jail Authority (RRJA) in North Prince George, Virginia, was recently recognized with an “Administrative Award of Merit,” as well as the “Distinguished Employee Award.” (more…)

Emory University awards Fulton County an “Emmy” for HIV screening program

Emory University awards Fulton County an “Emmy” for HIV screening program

The Corizon Health team in Fulton County, Georgia has received an “Emmy Award” from Emory University recognizing their work in creating a nurse-led HIV screening program at the Fulton County Jail. The program’s success in Fulton County has led to implementation at Dekalb County Jail, with the possibility of further implementation at Atlanta Detention Center. (more…)

Tennessee team member receives first ever “Courage to Endure Award”

Tennessee team member receives first ever “Courage to Endure Award”

Nancy Smith (L) with CIO Andy Flatt

Nancy Smith, Corizon Health Director of Customer Solutions Integration, was recently recognized with the first ever “Courage to Endure Award.” Nancy received her award from Chief Information Officer Andy Flatt during a recent IT Department Town Hall meeting at the Brentwood (TN) Healthcare Support Team office. The award is meant to signify when a key contributor in the Information Technology Department consistently goes above and beyond the scope of their work.  (more…)

Missouri Department of Corrections extends contract with Corizon Health

Missouri Department of Corrections extends contract with Corizon Health

Longstanding Corizon Health client partner the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) has extended its contract with Corizon Health to provide integrated healthcare services. Thanks to the strong partnership our Missouri team has forged with this client over the past 24 years we will be continuing to provide medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services to their 22 facilities for a total ADP of 32,500 offenders. (more…)

Effective communication for the delivery of quality, safe patient care

Effective communication for the delivery of quality, safe patient care

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. (more…)