MAJOR INMATE MEDICAL IMPROVEMENTS ARE ANTICIPATED
SHELBY COUNTY, IL-(Effingham Radio)- Sheriff Don Koonce & Undersheriff Rob McCall are pleased to announce the institution of a new healthcare program at the Shelby County Jail designed to raise the standard of inmate care while reducing waste, despite an economy where expenses keep increasing.
The comprehensive program focuses on improving the quality of care delivered in the jail setting, as well as enhancing the overall health of detainees through the use of appropriate medications and counseling.
With this mission at the forefront, chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, are better managed upon the inmate’s release into the community.
In fact, the program has statistically shown that healthcare provided to those incarcerated see better results than visits to their regular physician.
This is a major advantage in the care of chronic disease and for tracking infectious disease in the community.
With an average daily population of 13 inmates, the program will provide the Shelby County Jail with physician and nursing services, as well as ancillary and support services and a training program to improve medical care through continuous education.
Not only does Sheriff Koonce & Undersheriff McCall want an outstanding jail healthcare program, they are looking for ways to save valuable taxpayer dollars — the new program they have selected helps accomplish both.
With this program, the county offices can buy items at a reduced rate by taking advantage of a discount pricing program.
The program includes thousands of manufacturers and distributors and the county can benefit from tremendous savings in common areas such as food and office supplies.
The new provider, Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. (ACH), offers services to more than 310 clients in 17 states.
ACH is the largest provider of inmate medical services for county jails in the United States and started services at the Shelby County Jail on November 1, 2018.