1. Wellpath Announces Enhanced Pay and Benefits for Frontline Team Members

    MOVE IN RESPONSE TO “HEROIC WORK BY A DEDICATED TEAM PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US” DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.  NASHVILLE, TN – Wellpath today announced a set of bonuses, increased paid time off and other benefits to help the thousands of frontline team members in sites providing clinical care during the coronavirus crisis.  In announcing the changes, Wellpath CEO Jorge Dominicis said, “Our primary goal is always to provide the best healthcare to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. The only way we can do this is by making sure our dedicated team is supported, safe, and healthy. Their heroic work is meeting the challenges of the Coronavirus head on, and we will continue to do everything we can […]

  2. Keeping it Clean

    Avoid infection with cleaning, disinfection, and hygiene One of the best ways to avoid infection with COVID-19 is keeping a safe distance – at least six feet – from an infected person. That may be difficult in most correctional or detention facilities. While the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 from hard surfaces or paper products is lower than airborne, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) promotes good hand hygiene and cleaning/disinfecting of living, recreation and work areas. This article highlights the key points related to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection in the CDC’s Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities. Wellpath medical staff follows these CDC guidelines to minimize the chance for infection. Additional details […]

  3. Flattening the Curve

    CDC guidelines protect staff, medical personnel, visitors & patients One of the best ways to protect against the COVID-19 is to avoid contact with the virus. Do not touch it. Do not breathe it. Maintain six feet of distance between people. Use the prescribed personal protective equipment (PPE). COVID-19 is an equal opportunity virus. It threatens everyone without regard for age, sex, or socio-economic status. It affects leaders of countries, doctors, nurses, and incarcerated individuals equally. It has no respect for the economy or business timelines. As Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says, COVID-19 has its own timeline. The best advice for avoiding COVID-19 is to minimize contact to the virus by […]

  4. Better Care, Better Outcomes, Better Lives

    The following article was written by Wellpath Health Services Administrator Cody Pittman, RN from the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. The article was featured in KBD Connection. Click to view the issue here.  For the past five years, I have dedicated my nursing career to helping an underserved population. While I do not walk into a hospital, a nursing home, a school, or a rehab facility every day, I do step foot behind bars. My name is Cody Pittman and I am a Registered Nurse for the state of KY and I practice within the correctional setting. Let me give you a little background on Correctional Nursing and what it is not. It is not just placing a Band-Aid on patients. […]

  5. It’s flu season! Take care of yourself.

    Influenza Season is well into the 2019-20 season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that so far this season there have been at least 13 million flu illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations and 6,600 deaths from flu. Early on, southern and southeastern states were the most affected, including Tennessee. This has continued to progress with an increasing number of states affected; see chart below. For more information on your location, visit: This site is updated weekly. This year, influenza vaccinations are most frequently administered using a quadrivalent vaccine. This vaccine includes two Influenza A (H1N1, H3N2) and two influenza B (Victoria, Yamagata) viruses. To this point, 62% of reported Influenza screens are Influenza B (Victoria strain most common) and 38% Influenza […]

  6. Tis the season to take care of yourself to avoid SAD.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) This is the time of year that we are so busy being merry and full of holiday cheer, but did you know that many of us may also experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall or early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Signs and Symptoms Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern for at least 2 years. Symptoms of Major Depression: Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day Feeling hopeless or worthless Having low energy Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed Having problems with sleep […]

  7. World Aids Day 2019 – Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community

    This year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched an ambitious plan called “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” to reduce the incidence of HIV domestically by 75% in 5 years, and by 90% by 2030. The National Institutes of Health has played — and will continue to play — a pivotal role in supporting the innovative science underpinning this effort. In fact, NIH-funded research provided the scientific basis to even consider ending the epidemic as a feasible goal. Read more at: In acknowledgment of WORLD AIDS DAY on Sunday, December 1st, Wellpath’s clinical leaders would like to share the following key facts about HIV: In the United States, an estimated 15% of persons living with […]

  8. Wellpath Honors Veterans Day 2019

     Thank You, Military Veterans! We appreciate and salute all who have selflessly served in our armed forces. Thank you for your courage and commitment. Those who live in freedom will always be grateful to those who helped preserve it.   Wellpath Salutes Our Military Veteran Employees On this Veteran’s Day 2019, we’d like to thank all 550+ Wellpath veteran employees! The following individuals’ service and commitment to this organization is exceptional. They add tremendous value to our company—providing quality care to every patient with compassion, collaboration and innovation. Aaron Fry Aaron Hill Adaku Njoku-Animashaun Adam Knoll Adolfo Cisnero Afework Teklearegay Alan Audette Albert Herrera Albert Smith Alennis Lopez Osorio Alexandra Paul Alicia Giannotti Allan Kirkwood Alphonse Roscoe Alvin Robinson Alyssa […]

  9. Sheriff Responds to False Media Reporting about Healthcare in the Grand Traverse County Jail

    Wellpath Partner: Grand Traverse County, Michigan Grand Traverse County Sheriff, Thomas J. Bensley, recently wrote an op-ed for the Traverse City Record-Eagle responding to the inaccuracies the media company had previously published regarding inadequate medical care at the Grand Traverse County Jail. Sheriff Bensley writes: “Recent articles in the Traverse City Record-Eagle surrounding Mr. Greg Hall’s complaints of inadequate medical care for his mother while she was incarcerated in the Grand Traverse County Jail have been inaccurate and very misleading.” Read the Sheriff’s entire letter here. Our company is honored to partner with the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. It is a privilege for our team to continuously deliver compassionate, high-quality medical and mental healthcare to our patients in Michigan. […]

  10. New MAT Program Underway in Durham County, North Carolina

    Today, Wellpath announced that Durham County, North Carolina began Phase One of their Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program in collaboration with multiple county programs on September 2, 2019. Phase One allows patients who come into the facility for short-term stays to continue their MAT regimen in lieu of clinical withdrawal. This marks the first step in Durham County’s integration of a new MAT program they were selected to participate in earlier this year. “As the maintainer of detainees here in Durham County, we look forward participating in this program where our office will learn national best practices to expand the treatment for opioid use disorder among inmates,” said Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead. “Early intervention is key, and our partnership […]

  11. Wellpath Continues Investment in Automated Pharmacy Dispensing in Recovery Solutions Facilities

    Today, Wellpath announced its continued investment in delivering reliable, high-quality services to patients by upgrading pharmacy dispensing machines at Montgomery County Mental Health Treatment Facility in Conroe, Texas. Between now and the end of 2020, six Recovery Solutions facilities will replace existing automated dispensing machines with state-of-the-art units from Omnicell. The replacement units will improve patient care and increase efficiencies by assisting pharmacists in reducing the risk of medication errors and promoting a safer, more secure system for nursing staff. “Wellpath continues to reinvest in technologies that improve patient care, provide staff with the tools they need to be successful, and ensure that our programs remain best in class,” said Wellpath Recovery Solutions President Jeremy Barr. “As an industry leader, […]

  12. Wellpath Announces New Chief Clinical Officer

    Today, Wellpath announced Dr. Thomas Pangburn as the company’s new Chief Clinical Officer. Prior to joining Wellpath, Dr. Pangburn was the Chief Innovation Officer at MedExpress and previously served more than a decade as the Director of Emergency Services at Heritage Valley Health Systems. Dr. Pangburn led clinical initiatives for UnitedHealth Group and Optum that addressed quality and total cost of care. Dr. Pangburn’s work tackled some of the toughest challenges facing health care today including chronic disease management, value-based payment innovation for providers and hospital systems and community-based programs that focused on the consumer centric experience, affordability, and valued based medicine. “Throughout Dr. Pangburn’s career, he has shown his commitment to compassionate care for every patient,” said Wellpath CEO, […]

  13. Wellpath Hires Dr. Neil Schamban to Lead New Division Devoted to Treating Opioid Use Disorder

    Today, Wellpath announced that it hired Dr. Neil Schamban to serve as the president of our new Medication-Assisted Treatment Division, devoted to opioid use disorder. “We are excited to begin a new chapter with Dr. Schamban,” said Wellpath CEO, Jorge Dominicis. “Our company is devoted to combatting the opioid crisis and we know Dr. Schamban will help Wellpath lead the way in treating our patients who are impacted by this epidemic.” Dr. Schamban, an Emergency Medicine Physician, started his career in academics as the Division Chairman of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, overseeing both the adult emergency department and Children’s Hospital. In 2008, Dr. Schamban moved to Alabama and founded Pegasus Emergency Group which provided care to several hundred thousand […]

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