Read the latest news and events from CorrHealth and the correctional healthcare world.

When emergencies happen in correctional settings, our teams are well-prepared to respond quickly. Recently, although ambulances had been called, our teams were able to respond within minutes. Susie Barksdale, RN and Director of Nursing at one of our facilities remarked, “All of us here, including security, are equally proud of the nursing staff who responded to the officer involved incident, Nurses Bragg, Minter and Newby all acted immediately and conducted themselves as the true professionals they are.”  Our nurses are always ‘on duty’ whether they are with an inmate patient or just going about their daily routine.

“During a routine med pass, the Captain at one of our Texas facilities noted, “less than a week as our new inmate health care provider, one of CorrHealth’s team, Nurse Patrick, noticed an Officer looking sweaty and pale. She instantly began to assess his health. Apparently, his appendix had just burst. He was immediately rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. As a direct result of Nurse Patricks’ attention to detail and her skill set, the Officer was able to go home to his family that night. He’s healthy now and has returned to work.”

Nurses tell us, ‘It’s very rewarding work’ and although these moments don’t happen every day, we certainly appreciate you every day. A big shout out to all our nursing team members for everything they do!  If you’re looking for a more rewarding career, check out our newest opportunities here. 



Three cheers for Efren Urbina, LMSW and Mental Health Professional at our Luna County facility. Efren has just confirmed the donation of 100 Spanish language books donated for our Spanish speaking Federal inmates at Luna. Our thanks to Efren and the generous residents of Luna County for donating these much-needed books. Although Efran is relatively new to our CorrHealth family, he has already made a difference in people’s lives. Once he learned that the detainees had asked specifically for Spanish language books, coordinating the donation was his mission. In very little time, Efren has fulfilled this wish.

If you or someone you know has a compassionate heart and a passion to make a difference in this world, check out our career opportunities.


Jonathan is now a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP).  He passed the exam while attending the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) conference last week. As a member of our Operations Training Team for 3 years, he’s already knowledgeable about our policies and has excellent clinical judgement/skills. Becoming a Certified Correctional Health Professional illustrates a mastery of NCCHC standards and the ability to apply them to support the quality of patient care. It’s also a tangible way to commit to correctional health care as a career. Always organized, dependable, and positive, it’s a privilege to work alongside Jonathan. Well done!

CorrHealth encourages lifelong learning and provides an annual tuition reimbursement to qualifying team members, who want to improve their knowledge and skills. Learn more about our benefits! 


At just 19 years old, Melanie started her career in the corrections industry. After working as a corrections officer for 13 years, Melanie decided to switch up her career and become a nurse!  She began working as a CNA while still in school and eventually graduated from nursing school in 2012.

As correctional healthcare continues to evolve, Melanie would like to see correctional healthcare be taught as a specialty in school.  “You hear about everything but correctional healthcare and there’s been a little stigma, but in my mind, it is the right way to do medicine.”

Before joining the CorrHealth team in 2021 as an RN/HSA, Melanie had already begun her significant career in correctional nursing. She spent nine years as a Health Services Administrator (HSA) in Wyoming and in 2016 earned her credential as a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. “It was important for me to have this credential in my position as an administrator. If you’re planning on making corrections your profession long term, it is very beneficial and I’m proud of the accomplishment.”

During her time at CorrHealth, Melanie continues to share her knowledge by serving as a Travel Interim Nursing Supervisor in New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. “Remembering to be firm, fair, and consistent, is key to building success as a correctional nurse, says Melanie. You have a captive audience, and you can teach patients to be accountable for their own care. Some of them have never learned how to do that and it can change their life.”

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Our Co-Founder and President of Operations, Victor Hutchinson, accepted the Patriotic Employer Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) earlier this month. Victor is being recognized for his outstanding support of team members in the National Guard and Reserves.

Victor was nominated by fellow military veteran, Rob Ramonas for the support he provided Rob during his onboarding at CorrHealth.  Victor’s dedication to not only the correctional healthcare industry but to the team members of CorrHealth, is worthy of recognition.

“Victor was always supportive and understanding and understood the importance of my military obligations. I think that is the typical dilemma that Army Reservist find themselves in, trying to balance work with military and having a work-life balance as well.” – Rob Ramonas

Victor Hutchinson has over 26 years of hands-on nursing experience managing correctional healthcare operations throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and counties throughout the nation. He leads with proactive modeling based on each county’s needs. Victor is instrumental in building and leading our team of medical and mental health professionals.

An active member and supporter of the Texas Jail Association, the New Mexico Association of Counties, the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC), and the American Correctional Association (ACA) and actively belongs to many associations which CorrHealth supports. Victor is a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he remarked, “To me, it’s amazing because it recognizes what we do. We try to reach out to our veterans. I’m a big supporter of veterans, being in the Air Force for almost 21 years and it’s just helping people use their skills and see their value as they transition to civilian life.”

CorrHealth is proud and excited to be a part of this achievement alongside Victor. As a Veteran-owned company, we strive to ensure that applicants who are serving in the National Guard and Reserves or any branch of military service have unique and equal opportunity in the correctional healthcare industry.

This the second time a CorrHealth team member has been nominated and won the award. Health Services Administrator and Registered Nurse, Nelda Delgado, won the award in April of 2021. Learn about her nomination here.

If you are a military veteran, we’d love to hear from you. Your skills and training translate on many levels in the industry. Visit us to find a good role match for your experience. Please go to mycorrhealth/jobs to see the current roles available.

If you are a retired or active-duty service team member and would like to recognize another CorrHealth team member, visit Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve > Service Members & Family > Nominate your Employer (



February 15, 2023 CorrHealthAnnouncements

“Correctional healthcare challenges you” says Emily Martinez, RN/Health Services Administrator in Laramie County, Wyoming. Emily has been a nurse for 8 years and has spent almost half of that in correctional nursing.  In that time, she has worked in long term care, labor and delivery, and home health before taking a chance in correctional healthcare. Although any field of healthcare can have a great impact, Emily feels that she has made the greatest difference in correctional nursing. “Your patients are people who have trust issues. You gain their trust by being respectful, following protocol, keeping your word, and providing exceptional care.”

Following in the footsteps of her grandmother and mother, Emily always found the nursing profession appealed to her.  “A recruiter for correctional nursing reached out to me and I figured I would give it a try. Now, I feel that I could see myself in correctional nursing for the rest of my career.”

As a nurse in the correctional environment for nearly 4 years, Emily wants to remind new nurses that you will gain confidence as a nurse with all the different tasks you complete daily. “As a correctional nurse you see so many different things from addiction with detox, behavioral health, chronic care to acute issues. During training, participate in everything you can. Allow yourself to be in uncomfortable situations when you are training, so they aren’t uncomfortable when you are on your own. Make sure to ask questions and learn from your peers. If you aren’t receptive to constructive criticism, you will limit yourself to what you already know.”

For information about open nursing roles and other careers at CorrHealth, please visit our jobs page


January 18, 2023 CorrHealthAnnouncements

When CorrHealth partnered with Comal County in 2019, Nelda joined our team as the Health Services Administrator (HSA). With more than 25 years of correctional healthcare experience, Nelda has served the people of Comal County since 1994. As a new nurse looking to begin her career, Nelda was encouraged by family members in law enforcement to apply at the Comal County Jail. “Maybe I’ll see what this is all about. In 1994, I stepped foot into the facility’s clinic, and I haven’t left” says Nelda. The most rewarding part for Nelda is helping others. Whether it is a one-time treatment or providing ongoing treatment to a patient, the impact being made is crucial. “It’s kind of like they trust you and they open up to you more.” Nelda describes every day as different and the myths about having a limited skill set couldn’t be further from the truth. “Correctional nurses see just about everything; in my opinion I think your skill set gets better in corrections.”

Nelda’s advice for nurses just joining the correctional healthcare field is to remember that all inmate patients are human beings, and everyone should be treated just as they would be in a clinic on the outside.  “The only difference is that they are in a secured environment. These people deserve the same care and respect.”

For information about open RN/HSA positions and other roles at CorrHealth, please visit our jobs page


January 13, 2023 CorrHealthAnnouncements

We’re proud to announce that Kim Caldwell, Director of Human Resources, has earned her SHRM-CP credential, which makes her a recognized expert and leader in the HR field.

The exam is given by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). The organization has 300,000 members worldwide and supports HR professionals through education, training, networking, and lobbying on behalf of policies that are fundamental to HR and labor management. It’s a tough test; only 67% of test takers pass!

We’re also proud to recognize that three more leadership team members have successfully completed their Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) certification.  Dr. Nicholas Longnecker, M.D., our Chief Medical Officer, Christi Franklin, LVN and Travel Training Team Manager, and Tim Hammond, Director of Risk Management are leading the way with this important credential signifying their mastery of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards.

CorrHealth is a champion of continuing education for our team members. Our goal is to gain even more certified CCHP members on our team. Tuition reimbursement is available to full-time team members who complete professional development classes and earn important credentials. This helps our team members in their current roles serve our partners better and can help them move into other positions within the company.

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CorrHealth is an agent of positive change in the correctional healthcare industry, and we are committed to elevating the industry standard for compassionate, comprehensive inmate healthcare programs and services delivered in safe and secure detention centers of various size and scope throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming.

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