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JUN 05

Physical health, mental health, and substance abuse problems often are more apparent in prisons than in the community, and many incarcerated men and women are often only diagnosed with these problems after receiving care from a correctional health provider. Correctional health care is also tasked with providing experienced management, technologically advanced services, and programs that control costs while ensuring quality of patient care.


The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) is to improve the quality of health care individuals receive in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities across the country. As a correctional health care provider, Wexford Health Sources, Inc. follows this mission. We feel that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone. We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue. Our staff gets satisfaction in helping those who would not otherwise have a chance for quality health care.


What is Correctional Health Care?


A job in correctional health care can be both exciting and challenging. Correctional health care is often defined as one part ER work, one part primary care assistance, and, if working in an infirmary, one part critical care expertise. The job is different every day. Tasks can range from caring for patients who are diabetic, hypertensive, or HIV-positive, to treating injuries and administering medications.


Many correctional health care providers say the job is very rewarding as you know you are helping those who truly need your expertise. The skills necessary to succeed in the correctional environment, which are similar to those needed in the ER, include the following.


  • Multi-tasking projects and patients in a chaotic environment
  • Providing quick and accurate medical care to patients in emergency situations
  • Pinpointing the most important assessments for each situation
  • Handling each situation with patience and compassion
  • Caring for the underserved by providing quality care


Unlike other specialties, correctional health care typically deals with a wide range of medical problems. It encompasses both routine and emergency medical care; provides treatment for acute and chronic illnesses; and addresses the mental health issues and illnesses.


The Benefits of Working in Corrections


Working in corrections can be one of the most rewarding and challenging careers of your life. If you are a strong, critical thinker looking for an energized environment, correctional health might be for you. While working in a prison environment can be different, Wexford Health’s health care staff will be the first to list the benefits of working in such an every-changing atmosphere. The following are just a few of those benefits.


  • Renewed Focus on Medicine: With minimal administrative duties, correctional staff can focus more on the complex correctional health issues that these patients need.
  • Opportunity to Educate:   Many correctional providers and nurses find that they enjoy educating this unique clientele. Correctional health care staff are often the first health care providers to offer assistance and information in the patient’s life.
  • Never the Same Boring Routine: One thing you can definitely count on in correctional health care is that no two days will be the same at work. One day you will be dealing with infectious diseases and the next day you will be attending to a patient’s cardiac needs. You will never get bored.


About Wexford Health


Wexford Health has nearly 30 years of experience in correctional health care. We serve more than 100,000 inmates in nearly 140 facilities across the United States. In 2017, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) chose Wexford Health to provide comprehensive health services for the ADOC’s approximately 21,000 inmates in 28 different locations across the state. Our emphasis—improving medical and mental health programming for individuals incarcerated in these facilities.


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