Missouri Director of Corrections receives “Visionary Award” for leadership

Missouri Director of Corrections receives “Visionary Award” for leadership

Missouri Director of Corrections, George Lombardi

George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC), has received the “Visionary Award” from the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association (MHPCA). The award is designed to honor an individual whose vision and work has advanced the quality of hospice/end of life care in Missouri, or at a national level. (more…)

Idaho offender pens thank you letter to nurse after recovering from heart attack

Idaho offender pens thank you letter to nurse after recovering from heart attack

(L-R) Deputy Chief of Prisons Shannon Cluney, ICIO Warden Terema Carlin and RN Taylor Henson

At Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICIO), an emergency was called when an offender was found lying on the kitchen floor suffering from an apparent heart attack. Responding officers began CPR while waiting for medical staff to arrive. Corizon Health Nurse Taylor Henson responded to the emergency call and took over chest compressions upon her arrival at the scene. A defibrillator was ultimately used to restart the offender’s heart, and an ambulance was called to transport the offender to a nearby hospital for further treatment. (more…)

Art therapy helps Tennessee offenders improve social and cognitive functioning

Art therapy helps Tennessee offenders improve social and cognitive functioning

(L-R) Carolyn Johnson, Bradley Zahn, Cindy Thomas and Dorothy Nunn, along with four murals painted by Tennessee DOC offenders

At West Tennessee State Penitentiary, offenders have the opportunity to engage in Art Therapy, sketching and designing murals, a few of which are pictured in the photo above, for their housing unit. Each mural theme has to meet two criteria established by the Mental Health Team—the framework must embody aspects of the impact visual art has on healing and depict the benefits of nature imagery.  (more…)

Radiology tech helps Missouri prison achieve perfect scores on two recent audits

Radiology tech helps Missouri prison achieve perfect scores on two recent audits

Radiology Technician Julia Hill

Radiology Technician Julia Hill of Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri, helped the facility achieve a 100% score on two recent facility audits. This marks 12 years of Ms. Hill achieving a perfect score on both the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) audits. Any facility that provides mammography services must be MQSA-certified in order to operate lawfully. The ACR’s Mammography Accreditation Program was developed to improve the quality of mammography and to provide facilities with peer review and feedback on topics such as quality assurance and image quality. (more…)

Corizon Health social worker assists in locating missing daughter of inmate patient

Corizon Health social worker assists in locating missing daughter of inmate patient

Social Worker Jennifer Seminara

When Social Worker Jennifer Seminara of Somerset County Jail in Somerville, New Jersey learned that the teenage daughter of an inmate had gone missing, she went into action to help locate the missing girl. The inmate, who had been informed by her family that her daughter was missing, had been given a picture of her daughter being hugged by a man with a gun. Jennifer first checked for an Amber Alert, and upon finding none contacted the Manville Police Station in Manville, New Jersey. (more…)

Health Services Administrator names Employees of the Month in Polk County, Florida

Health Services Administrator names Employees of the Month in Polk County, FloridaIn Bartow, Florida, Health Services Administrator (HSA) Derek Zimmerman has named mental health team member Liz Hall Employee of the Month for February at Polk County Jail (PCJ), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Jane Wenzel Employee of the Month for February at Polk County Central Jail (PCCJ). (more…)

Clinical manager leads seminar on managed care pharmacy at Purdue University

Clinical manager leads seminar on managed care pharmacy at Purdue University

Kevin Trinh, PharmD with the faculty advisors of Purdue APhA-ASP

As leading healthcare providers, we are committed to contributing to the educational development of our future healthcare professionals. There is no better way to do this than to actually interact with students and share our practice experience. This month, Kevin Trinh of PharmaCorr is proud to be a part of the Guest Speaker Series for the American Pharmacist Association—Academy of Student Pharmacist (APhA-ASP) chapter at Purdue University in Indiana. (more…)

Healthcare in jails an important component of public health continuum

Healthcare in jails an important component of public health continuum

Santa Rita County Jail

Quality care may have a positive impact not just on the health of individuals served behind bars but on the larger population. In recognition of National Public Health Week, April 3-9, here is an excellent example of public health behind bars in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. (more…)

Fulton County, Georgia team participates in 5k ‘Race to End Homelessness’

Fulton County, Georgia team participates in 5k ‘Race to End Homelessness’Members of the Corizon Health team in Fulton County, Georgia, participated in the recent 2016 Atlanta Mission 5k Race to End Homelessness, running in the winter cold for those who spend their days and nights outside in often harsh conditions. The collective efforts of the Fulton County team raised nearly $1,000 towards the Mission’s ultimate goal of $220,000. (more…)

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky team gives corrections director honorary send-off

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky team gives corrections director honorary send-off

(L-R) Tammie Stidham, Patty Hatton, Charlotte Sexton, Rodney Ballard, Jennifer Privett and Kristin Fryman

The Corizon Health team at Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington in Kentucky recently said so-long to Director Rodney Ballard of the Division of Community Corrections. Ballard has been named the new commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC), a job he began on March 14, and replaces LaDonna Thompson, who was named as the state’s first female commissioner in 2008. (more…)