Corizon Health Gives Notice on State Inmate Healthcare Contract
Brentwood, TN (November 30, 2015) – Corizon Health today exercised the 180-day notice of cancellation allowed in its inmate health services contract with the Florida Department of Corrections, effective May 31, 2016. The company will continue providing quality care to its current 75,000 inmate-patients in Regions I, II and III during the six-month transition.
“We have tried to address the department’s concerns but have found the terms of the current contract too constraining. At this point, we believe the best way to move forward is to focus our efforts on a successful transition to a new provider,” Corizon Health Chief Executive Officer Karey Witty said.
Witty said that to ensure continuity of patient care and stability of operations, Corizon Health will work with FDOC to plan a transition schedule and to mitigate employee concerns regarding their future employment. This will help ensure a stable environment for safe and effective clinical care for the patients during this changeover.
“Above all,” Witty said, “Corizon Health will continue to provide high quality care to Florida’s inmates.”
About Corizon Health Corizon Health is the nation’s leader in correctional healthcare, providing quality healthcare services to 98 clients at 518 facilities across the country serving over 332,000 inmates in 26 states. With its corporate headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn. Corizon Health is the leading provider of correctional healthcare services in the United States. For more information, please visit www.corizonhealth.com.
Corizon Health’s lofty view of its professionalism isn’t one that’s share by those who know anything about Florida prisons.
There are credible accounts of the outside-controlled shower that was used to scald Darren Rainey to death being used previously on other inmates, non-fatally. There are credible accounts of inmates being systemically starved at the same facility. There are credible accounts of inmates being abused and beaten by corrections officers, with at least one man – Richard Mair – taking his own life when his grievances were ignored. These things happened at a mental health unit at Dade Correctional Institution being overseen by Corizon Health.
The Department of Justice must investigate all of Florida’s suspicious deaths, concurrently investigating Corizon, for not blowing the whistle on abusive corrections officers, for not protecting those in their care. And the DoJ must get the lead out of its ass …Rainey was murdered in 2012, Mair committed suicide in 2013, and we Floridians are damn tired of waiting to be treated like we live in America.
I took Richard Mair’s death very personally. Richard could have accepted Brevard County deputy Gary Harrell’s offer for a “walk” in trade for testifying falsely against Jeff Abramowski, one of the framed innocents I advocate for. Brevard is BIG on coaching jailhouse snitches. You can’t ask Richard Mair for confirmation, but you can ask Brevard exonerees Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon.