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…)

St. Lucie, Florida substance abuse program sees success through strong partnership

StLucieCounty_BadgeThe Journey Forward Substance Abuse Program in St. Lucie County, Florida has been an extremely successful initiative since its introduction back in 2003. Its success has flourished due to the continued collaboration between St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara and his staff, Corizon Health staff and mental health provider New Horizons’ staff. Director of Detention for St. Lucie County Jail, Major Patrick Tighe, has stated this “partnership program is second-to-none in Florida and nationwide.” (more…)

Missouri offenders receive hospice training, certification to assist terminally ill peers

Missouri offenders receive hospice training, certification to assist terminally ill peersOn April 8, seventeen offenders at Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center (WRDCC) in St. Joseph, Missouri became certified as Hospice Volunteers in order to assist their terminally ill peers cope with the end of life. In partnership with the Missouri Palliative Care Association (MPCA), the Missouri Department of Corrections, along with Corizon Health, was able to provide this vital training. Curriculum included hospice philosophy, stress management, spiritual care, cultural guidelines and the active dying process. Volunteers also learned to journal about the care provided during their shift so that others may know what occurred with the patient, as well as specifics regarding their role as volunteers in a correctional setting. (more…)

CCHP, CCHP-P certifications with NCCHC earned in Missouri and Tennessee

CCHP, CCHP-P certifications with NCCHC earned in Missouri and Tennessee

(L-R) Dr. Alfred Garcia, Tianca Ashford, Alexandra Schmidt

While attending the National Commission on Correctional Health Care’s (NCCHC) spring conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Alfred Garcia passed the exam to receive his CCHP-P (Certified Correctional Health Professional-Physician). The CCHP-P credential was designed to “recognize expertise among physicians practicing in the specialized field of correctional health care.” Dr. Garcia serves as Medical Director for Corizon Health at multiple sites in the state of Missouri. (more…)

Sexual assault treatment program being implemented in Missouri, VPO Coin awarded for development work

Sexual assault treatment program being implemented in Missouri, VPO Coin awarded for development work

On the left, members of the April SANE training (top) and May SANE training (bottom); and on the right, Sr. Director of Operations Cindy Schupp (L) presents team member Masonda Wheatley (R) with her VPO Coin.

SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) training was completed in April and May at Corizon Health’s Missouri Regional Office. This new program, currently being developed by the Corizon Health Missouri Healthcare Support Team for implementation in 22 facilities within the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC), hopes to provide direct cost savings for our client partners at MDOC, in transportation expenses alone. SANE nurses will travel to a facility rather than sending an offender off-site for a sexual assault examination. Corizon Health Nurses applied for and were selected to participate in the training, which consisted of 40 hours of online instruction, followed by on-site clinical training. (more…)

On-site dialysis treatment is best practice for savings in Charlotte County, Florida

On-site dialysis treatment is best practice for savings in Charlotte County, FloridaWhile Charlotte County Jail in Punta Gorda, Florida may not always have many inmate patients requiring dialysis, bringing such services on site saves our client money and lessens the amount of time officers spend off-site doing transportation for treatment. (more…)

Tennessee DOC hosts third annual “Run the Green Mile” 5K in Nashville

Tennessee DOC hosts third annual "Run the Green Mile" 5K in NashvilleOn the morning of May 14, thirty-one Healthcare Support Team members and guests from Brentwood, Tennessee joined together on a cold, rainy spring morning to run—or walk—in the third annual “Run the Green Mile” 5K in Nashville. The event took place at the historic, now condemned, Tennessee State Prison, which opened in 1898 and closed in 1992 (pictured above). The race was sponsored by our client partners at the Tennessee Department of Correction and raised over $9,000, all of which was donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Chief Development Officer Jon Walker finished in a respectable fourth place. (more…)