St. Lucie HSA Inspires New Nurses

St. Lucie HSA Inspires New NursesIn November, St. Lucie County Jail, Florida Health Services Administrator Deborah Beltzer-Harper gave a Professional Day presentation to nursing students in the LPN program at the Indian River State College, inspiring one aspiring nurse to consider a career with Corizon Health. In an email thanking Debbie for her presentation, the student wrote: (more…)

Missouri Northeast Correctional Center Staff Honored

Missouri Northeast Correctional Center Staff Honored

(L-R) Dental Hygienist Gail Russell, LPN Brandy Kalvig, Dental Assistant Emily Williams, LPN Crystalyn Selsor, LPN Kayce Jines, RN Kalley Campbell, Med Tech Abbie Lear-Boland, AA Catie Murry, RN Katie Starks, LPN Linda Wiley, LPN Suzanne Hunter, RN Jody James, RN/DON Dawn Neff, Site Medical Director Dr. Michael Whitlock, LPN Karma Niemeyer, Medical Records Clerk Sandra Sheppard, RN Pam Brundage, Medical Records Clerk Monica Hunter

Eighteen VPO coins were presented to staff members of the Northeast Correctional Center in Missouri for their professionalism in the face of a correctional officer stabbing and the chaos that ensued. NECC Administrators attended the ceremony where the Warden expressed gratitude and appreciation for our staff’s response, poise and expertise.

Missouri nurses receive Lifesaver Award

Missouri nurses receive Lifesaver Award

(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. (more…)

Michigan Doctor and Tennessee Addiction Services Director Honored with 3rd Quarter SMART Employee Awards

SMART Employees of the QuarterA 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. (more…)

World AIDS Day 2017: Increasing Awareness, Providing Education and Improving HIV Outcomes

World AIDS Day 2017: Increasing Awareness, Providing Education and Improving HIV OutcomesBy 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. (more…)

Warden Coins of Recognition awarded to Michigan providers

Warden Coins of Recognition awarded to Michigan providers

Nurse Practitioner Andrew Boudreau, Acting Warden Erica Huss and Psychiatrist Dr. Terry Meden

Two Corizon Health Providers at Marquette Branch Prison in Michigan were awarded Warden Coins of Recognition for their ongoing support in providing care to a challenging patient population. Receiving the award from Acting Warden Erica Huss were Nurse Practitioner Andrew Boudreau and Nurse Psychiatrist Dr. Terry Meden. (more…)

Kansas APRN instrumental in meeting special needs of patient, receives VPO Coin

Kansas APRN instrumental in meeting special needs of patient, receives VPO Coin

Regional APRN Heather Ungeheuer, Regional Medical Director Dr. Patrick Corbier and Interim VPO Bob Burns

Heather Ungeheuer, Regional APRN for Corizon Health in the Kansas Department of Corrections, was presented a VPO Coin for exceeding expectations in helping to meet the needs of a patient. In addition to her regular responsibilities, Heather was instrumental in the recent transfer of a patient to the MAYO Clinic. Heather performed extensive research and found that the MAYO Clinic specialized in the specific needs of this unique patient case. After getting permission from the KDOC, she spent extensive hours in arranging air transportation, security coverage and other needs at the Clinic, hotel arrangements for custody staff, return air flight and treatment plan upon the patient’s return to Kansas. As this was a unique situation, the DOC was extremely appreciative for Nurse Ungeheuer’s efforts and the care that Corizon Health gave in meeting health needs of their patient. (more…)

CSSA presents second annual John Sully Award

CSSA presents second annual John Sully Award

(L-R) Captain Jim Macedo, Sheriff Rick DiBasilio, Sheriff Keith Royal and Chris Bell

The second annual John Sully Award, which funds college scholarships for selected youth, was presented at a recent training meeting of seconds in command for the California State Sheriffs Association. This year, the award went to Captain Jim Macedo and Sheriff Rick DiBasilio of Calavares County and Sheriff Keith Royal of Nevada of Nevada County. (more…)

Corizon Health Music Therapy Ambassador to Perform at MODOC Reentry Week

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. (more…)

Corizon Idaho staff complete CCHP Certifications

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