The value of gap analysis in Core Process

The Nurse and Core Process

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. (more…)

Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays

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. (more…)

Cumberland County, Maine contract extension signed

Cumberland County, Maine contract extension signedWe are pleased to announce the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in Portland, Maine has signed a one-year contract extension with Corizon Health to continue providing integrated medical, behavioral and dental healthcare services to inmates at the Cumberland County Jail. We have been privileged to serve this valued partner since 2001. (more…)

Fresno extends with Corizon Health

Fresno extends with Corizon HealthCorizon Health will continue as Fresno County, California’s comprehensive healthcare provider. The one-year extension is effective July 1, 2017, continuing through June 20, 2018.

Corizon Health has provided comprehensive medical, behavioral and dental healthcare, as well as pharmacy services, for Fresno County since June 2014. This extension will allow us to continue as the provider of choice for this valued client partner. (more…)

Correctional nurse retires after thirty-six years of service

Correctional nurse retires after thirty-six years of serviceA luncheon recently was held to honor Licensed Practical Nurse Judy Sanders who is retiring after 36 years of service as a correctional nurse in the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC).  Nurse Sanders shared many stories from her years in correctional nursing and received a VPO Coin for dedication and service from Vice President of Operations Ralf Salke and Director of Operations Cindy Schupp. (more…)

Oregon START program receives Grand Jury kudos

Oregon START program receives Grand Jury kudosThe Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office recently conveyed its congratulations to Corizon Health staff on a Clackamas County Grand Jury report commending the county jail’s Stabilization, Treatment, Assessment, and Reintegration Team (START) program. (more…)

Third quarter SMART Employees of the Quarter announced

We’re pleased to announce the SMART Employees of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2016 are Educational Coordinator William Wingert of Idaho State Correctional Institution (ISCI) in Kuna, Idaho, and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) Melissa Ewing of Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility in Larned, Kansas. (more…)

Corizon Health well-represented at NCCHC annual conference

Corizon Health well-represented at NCCHC annual conference

Corizon Health exhibit staff (L-R) Theresa Halsey, Janet Vogelaar, Courtney Penning, Curtis Miles, Jaime Starkey and Frank Fletcher

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) in October held its annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Corizon Health was both a corporate sponsor and sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Reception commemorating a quarter of a century of NCCHC’s Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) certification program. Several members of Corizon Health’s leadership team, along with staff from sites across the country, were present at this event, including Area Vice President of Operations Ralf Salke and Senior Vice President of Nursing Becky Pinney. (more…)

Leon County, Florida achieves excellence on recent NCCHC inspection

Leon County, Florida achieves excellence on recent NCCHC inspection

Corizon Health’s team at the Leon County Jail in Tallahassee, Florida recently received a status of “excellent,” from the inspector conducting the survey for the site’s National Commission on Correctional Healthcare reaccreditation.

“This site is a testament to the excellence that may be achieved when there is a strong partnership with the client,” Leon County Health Services Administrator Debbie Sellers said. (more…)

The correlation between PTSD and criminogenic thinking in incarcerated veterans

The Correlation Between PTSD and Criminogenic Thinking in Incarcerated Veterans

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. (more…)