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…)

Time for a check-up—on your facility’s health program

The Nurse and Core Process

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? (more…)

Missouri mental health staff provides grief counseling, receives recognition

Missouri mental health staff provides grief counseling, receives recognition

(L-R) Institutional Chief of Mental Health Services John Pruett, Warden Angela Mesmer, Katherine Spires, Dr. James Belman and Mental Health Director for Missouri’s East Region Kimberly Foster

Katherine Spires and Dr. James Belman of Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri, have each received a VPO Coin for the extra time and effort they spent helping patients cope with grief over the loss of a friend; a former offender. (more…)

Essex County Juvenile goes live with new electronic health record system

Essex County Juvenile goes live with new electronic health record system

The Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, a Corizon Health client partner since 1996, went live in October with eOMIS, its electronic health record (EHR) system. (more…)

Mental health monitoring removed in Passaic County, New Jersey

Mental health monitoring removed in Passaic County, New Jersey

(L-R) Allison Genberg, Dr. Joel Federbush, Bob Orrick, Mallory Zelaya, Sylvia Guzman

After a five-year federal monitoring period, our mental health team at the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, New Jersey, recently achieved 100 percent compliance in their Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) monitoring. (more…)

Missouri RN named Corizon Health Nurse of the Year

Missouri RN named Corizon Health Nurse of the Year

Dr. Leonora Muhammad (L) and Corizon Health Nurse of the Year Stephanie Kocher (R)

Missouri Registered Nurse Stephanie Kocher was presented the Corizon Health National Nurse of the Year Award at a September 28th ceremony at Farmington Correctional Center (FCC) in Missouri. Senior Clinical Education and Training Specialist Dr. Leonora Muhammad presented the award. (more…)

First “Core Process” training conducted in Philadelphia

First “Core Process” training conducted in Philadelphia

The first eight-hour training for “Core Process-Intake” was conducted mid-September in Philadelphia. Twenty-six staff members, including RNs, Administrators and Site Medical Directors, attended the training, which included lectures on each of Corizon Health’s 13 intake  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as well as group activities and mock chart audits. (more…)

The “8 great” IT security best practices

The “8 Great” IT Security Best PracticesWith Halloween upon us, it’s a good time to protect against ghosts in the machines. Here are some helpful reminders from IT to keep your data and devices secure. (more…)