Jail switches healthcare provider


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Logan County’s inmates will now be treated by staff of Southern Health Partners, a company that offers a range of comprehensive inmate healthcare programs tailored to the unique preferences and needs of each center they service.

The change took place with a unanimous vote of the Logan County Fiscal Court last week to change from Advanced Healthcare, which has served the jail since 2006, to Southern Health Partners. The new contract will begin on Aug. 1, 2015.

Last year the county paid approximately $268,000 to Advanced Healthcare for eight hours a day service. Southern Health Partners promises medical service 12 hours a day, which will cut down on jail deputies having to dispense medication to inmates when the medical providers have gone home.

“I don’t really like guards having to hand out medicine,” said Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory. “It’s really a liability issue. They are not trained to do this.”

Cost for contracting with Southern Health Partners is $275,000 with a $60,000 pool to be used for any outside medical treatment.

Brent Deweese, a representative of Southern Health Partners, spoke to the fiscal court Tuesday saying they try to stay inside the walls of the jail for treatment if at all possible. The company even brings in the necessary equipment for treatment such as X-ray machines if needed.

Magistrate Thomas Bouldin asked the Deweese if the court had to keep that much money in the pool or could it be decreased. He said he noticed the county looses a percentage of those funds if they are not used up by the end of the year.

“I’d rather under fund that pool then lose money at the end of the year,” said Bouldin.

The pool can be decreased, however, by how much will depend on a study the court asked county treasure Amanda Warren to do pulling the last three years to see how much of the pool was used.

The cost of the contract quote is based on 165 inmates. Anything over that number will be $1.25 per inmate per day. The jail has a bed capacity of 164.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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