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Two inmate deaths spark need for Healthcare Compliance Monitor

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- After two inmate deaths, Metro Corrections wants to improve healthcare behind bars. Metro Corrections says an internal investigation found that errors by healthcare employees could have contributed to the deaths of two inmates.

Mark Bolton, the Metro Corrections Director says, "It is our objective to insure that reasonable health care standards are being maintained."

Bolton says the jail is opening a Request for Proposals later this week to find a Healthcare Compliance Monitor. That company will develop an audit process and serve as a liaison between Metro Corrections and the healthcare provider.

Right now, Corizon and its 70 contract employees are providing medical care for patients including those with breathing tubes and in wheelchairs.

There were seven inmate deaths at Metro Corrections this year. The jail says all but two were ruled natural causes. The two deaths are still under investigation.

Bolton says, "I think these two cases, both cases came to us booked in with really serious chronic and acute healthcare problems." He goes on to say, "I think, though, had the healthcare been more expedient in both of those cases, it would have proven a better outcome."

Corizon has been providing healthcare for inmates for the past five years. The jail says the Monitor will also help determine if mistakes involving Corizon employees are reoccurring and if the current contract should be renewed when it expires at the end of February next year.

Metro Corrections says Corizon has since implemented corrective actions and made a number of personnel changes.

The Request for Proposals is expected to last for three weeks.  The jail is hoping to select a company for the Compliance Monitor in late January or early February.

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