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…)

Indianapolis staff sponsors birthday party for prison residents

Indianapolis staff sponsors birthday party for prison residentsOn a recent Monday afternoon, 60 residents of the Indianapolis Reentry Educational Facility (IREF) showed up with enthusiastic appetites to a birthday party event sponsored by Corizon Health. IREF is an all-male, low-risk Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) facility designed to provide those incarcerated with the skills necessary to successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release with the goal of lowering recidivism. (more…)

Team member recognized at Potosi Correctional Center, Missouri

Team member recognized at Potosi Correctional Center, Missouri

April Harvey (L) poses with her VPO Coin and Corizon Health Director Operations for Missouri’s Eastern Region, Kim Randolph (R)

April Harvey, a lab and pharmacy technician for Corizon Health at Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, Missouri, was awarded a VPO (Vice President Operations) Coin after identifying that a patient at the facility was having a cardiac emergency. (more…)

Tennessee Vice President Operations to sit on panels at ACA conference in Boston

Tennessee Vice President Operations to sit on panels at ACA conference in Boston

Dr. Mark Fleming, Vice President Operations for Corizon Health’s behavioral health contract at the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), will participate in a speaker’s panel at the upcoming American Correctional Association’s 146th Congress of Correction August 5-10 in Boston, Massachusetts. The title of the workshop is “Effective Management of Self-Injurious Behavior in a Correctional Healthcare Setting.” Sitting on the panel with Dr. Fleming will be Dr. Ken Williams of the TDOC and other correctional healthcare company representatives. (more…)

Essentials for success as a nurse in the correctional setting

Essentials for success as a nurse in the correctional setting

by: Becky Pinney, Sr. Vice President Nursing

Correctional nurses are tough, smart, hard-working and unique. They work in the challenging environment of jails and prisons—places where many others would not choose to practice the art of nursing. If you are considering a career in correctional nursing, here are some characteristics that are essential to possess to be successful and deliver the quality care Corizon Health strives to provide. (more…)

Teamwork aids in task accomplishment, improves patient outcomes

Teamwork aids in task accomplishment, improves patient outcomes

by: Rebekah Haggard, MD, VP, Patient Safety Officer

Studies have shown a severe decline in performance with multi-tasking. Humans can do one task well and two tasks relatively well, but when a third task is added, error rates increase dramatically.

This is why teamwork is so vital when providing healthcare. There are almost always more than three things to do at any given time, and most humans simply do not have the cognitive resources to get everything done without making mistakes. Healthcare tasks are not accomplished with little thought. They require cognitive reserves, which become impaired with task saturation.  Additional contributing factors such as fatigue, distractions and safety culture barriers like not speaking up, impact task completion. When it is all added up, it is easy to see why medical errors have become the third leading cause of death in the United States. (more…)

Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit takes place in Philadelphia

Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit takes place in PhiladelphiaCorizon healthcare providers participated in the Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit,” held recently at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The event brought together communities of professionals to focus on the crisis of AIDS/HIV within the criminal justice system and the work being done to “improve conditions inside the prison walls and in the communities to which prisoners are returning.” (more…)

Team members receive awards for excellence in Missouri

Team members receive awards for excellence in Missouri

Top left photo – Jennifer White (L) with Regional Mental Health Director Elizabeth Atterbury; Top right photo – Howard Fletcher (L) with Mental Health Director Trudy Stephens-Baker; Bottom photo (L-R) – Psychiatric RN Lynn Jobe, Psychiatric RN Lisa Laurence, Dr. Bruce Cornelius and Institutional Chief of Mental Health Services Greg Link

Three Corizon Health team members working in the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) have been awarded the VPO (Vice President Operations) Coin for excellence in their practice. The VPO Coin is awarded to those who contribute extraordinarily to a specific initiative or consistently go above and beyond while performing their duties. (more…)

Indiana juvenile correctional facility achieves successful American Correctional Association audit

Indiana juvenile correctional facility achieves successful American Correctional Association auditCamp Summit Juvenile Correctional Facility in LaPorte, Indiana, has achieved a successful American Correctional Association (ACA) audit. Camp Summit is an Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) medium to high security facility for juvenile males. IDOC has been a Corizon Health client partner since 2005.

Receiving accreditation with ACA helps to improve facility operations through “adherence to clear standards relevant to all areas/operations of the facility.” Those areas include safety, security, order, inmate care, programs, justice and administration. Members of ACA auditing teams are experienced correctional professionals—the average of whom has worked in the field of corrections for more than 18 years. Auditors are also used for monitoring accredited facilities or certified programs for continued compliance. (more…)